Computing and ICT

 

KS3

 

We offer a high-quality computing education that equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Buildings on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

A key focus for ICT is to prepare pupils for the technological world in which we live. We aim to give them the capability in ICT to become increasingly independent users of ICT tools and information sources.  Pupils will be focused, efficient and rigorous in their use of ICT and will increasingly work on a range of complex tasks. They will develop their skills using industry recognised software.

Pupils will develop an awareness of how ICT can help their work in other subjects and in everyday life. At the same time they will gain the ability to judge which software to use and whether ICT is appropriate for their task.

The ICT Department is a very successful and pupils enjoy their lessons within a positive and safe learning environment.  Pupils are actively encourage to be aware of security issues concerning computer use and to apply safe practise in their use of the Internet.

In KS4 the courses that pupils will follow depends on the pathway they are on.

 

KS4

Courses we currently offer

OCR GCSE Computing - until 2017 graded A*-G

Unit Title

Assessment Type

Weighting

Computer Systems and Programming

Written Exam Paper

40%

Practical Investigation

Controlled Assessment

30%

Programming Project

Controlled Assessment

30%

 

AQA GCSE Computing - from 2016 graded 9-1

Unit Title

Assessment Type

Weighting

Computational Thinking and Problem Solving

Written Exam Paper

40%

Written Assessment

Written Exam Paper

40%

Non-Exam Assessment

Controlled Assessment

20%

 

 

 

Edexcel GCSE Information and Communication Technology - until 2018 graded A*-G

Unit Title

Assessment Type

Weighting

Living in a Digital World

Written Exam

40%

Using Digital Tools

Controlled Assessment

60%

 

BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills

Unit Title

Assessment Type

Grading

Word Processing Software

On-line Exam

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Distinction *

Spreadsheet Software

On-line Exam

Presentation Software

On-line Exam

Improving Productivity Using IT

On-line Exam

 

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Business and Enterprise

Unit Title

Assessment Type

Grading

Introduction to Business and Enterprise

Controlled Assessment

 

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Distinction *

Marketing for Business and Enterprise

Written Exam

Finance for Business and Enterprise

Controlled Assessment

Plan, develop and participate in a business or enterprise project

Controlled Assessment