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Year 9:

In Year 9 students study a range of topics covering Computer Science, ICT and Digital Literacy strands. They learn how to create websites using web authoring software and a programming language as well as elements of data representation. Algorithms & coding are also taught using Python. Students spend some of the year learning Spreadsheet and Database skills and concepts and, finally, end Y9 by completing an ICT project. E-Safety is also incorporated into their programme of study. 

 

Year 10 & Year 11:

Computer Science - Course Leader: Miss Pringle

Course Description

Computing is different from ICT in that the emphasis is on how the processes work rather than how they should be used.

In this qualification you will learn to understand and apply the principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation, as well as solving problems through practical experience of designing, writing and debugging computer programs.  You will also learn how your computer works and the theory behind networks and how the Internet works.

There are 3 units:

  1. Computer Systems

In this unit you will study topics such as systems architecture, memory, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers, system security, system software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. 

  1. Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 

In this unit you will study topics such areas of Computer Science such as algorithms, programming techniques, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages and data representation. 

  1. Programming Project

In this unit you will analyse, design, develop, test and evaluate a project using programming techniques. 

Assessment

  • 2 written exam papers (1 ½ hours), both of which are 40% of the final GCSE grade.
  • A programming project which is worth 20% of the final GCSE grade.

Important Dates

By the end of:

  • December of Year 11 – completion of the programming project
  • June of Year 11 – both written exams

 
This course will allow you to gain a GCSE  graded  on the new 9 – 1 scale. 


ICT - Course Leader: Miss Pringle

Course Description

This is a course run by OCR, in which you will gain one GCSE at grade A* - G.  It was introduced in 2011.

You will learn how ICT is used in today’s world.  You will also learn how to use software to solve problems efficiently and present information in a suitable and creative way.

ICT is different from Computing in that the emphasis is on how the software is applied to solving problems rather than how it works.

Assessment

There are four units:

  1. ICT in Today’s World
  2. Practical Applications in ICT
  3. ICT in Context
  4. Creative Use of ICT

You will study how ICT is used in the world today, for example how it is used at home (mobile telephones, gaming etc), at school and in society.  You will also learn how to use software efficiently to enable you to present information in a suitable and creative way. You will also study a range of ICT systems in a business or organisational context.  This will include current and emerging technologies such as networks, communications, and communications software.
This GCSE will be graded A*-G.

Important Dates

  • May of Year 10 - completion of two units, one of which is a controlled assessment. 
  • June of Year 11 – completion of the two other units, one of which is a controlled assessment, finishing with two written exams.

ICT - ECDL Certificate in IT Application Course Leader: Miss Pringle

Course Description

This is a Level 2 course run by the British Computing Society; you will gain a qualification which is the equivalent of one GCSE. 

ECDL stands for “ European Computer Driving Licence” and you will learn about using Microsoft Office products efficiently, a really useful set of skills for both study and employment.  There are four pieces of coursework to complete, three marked internally and one externally.  There is no examination.

The four units are:

  1. Word processing
  2. Spreadsheets
  3. Presentation software
  4. Using IT to improve productivity

Assessment and Grading

In Year 10 you will learn more about how to use Word and Powerpoint. These will be assessed by practical exercises, which you will do in your usual computer room.  Each counts for 25% of the total mark and you must obtain a mark of at least 75% in each one to pass.  You will have the chance to re-sit these if necessary. 

In Year 11 you will work on the assignments for the third and fourth units.  In the spreadsheet unit you must obtain a mark of at least 75% and in the fourth unit you must obtain 55%.
This Level 2 qualification is graded at four levels, each of which has GCSE equivalence: Pass (C), Merit (B), Distinction (A) and Distinction* (A*).

Important Dates

By the end of :

  • May of Year 10 - completion of two units.
  • May of Year 11 – completion of the other two units.