Key Stage 4 Computing & ICT
At key stage 4, the ICT department offers an extensive variety of courses over two years including GCSEs and BTEC courses.
BTEC First Award
The BTEC Award is a 120-guided-learning-hour qualification. BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. Pupils will study two core units, one of which is externally assessed through an onscreen test, plus two optional units, topics ranging from the Online World to Mobile App Development, assessed internally through coursework.
Unit 1 Online World
Pupils will learn about online services and communications. They will investigate components of the internet and how digital devices exchange and store information.
Unit 5 Creating Digital Audio
Pupils will design and create a digital audio product, e.g., a podcast which they must then test and evaluate its fitness for purpose.
Unit 6 Creating Digital Graphics
Pupils design and create a digital graphics product, which they must then test and evaluate its fitness for purpose.
Unit 3 Digital Portfolio
Pupils must create an online portfolio documenting all work completed in the above units.
GCSE GCSE Single Award in ICT
The GCSE in ICT (Single Award) qualifications enable pupils to become independent and discerning users of ICT, it allows them to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society. They will acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts.
They will develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems and develop an understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact.
They will also develop an understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT and recognise potential risks when using ICT.
Pupils will study 2 units which are both compulsory, one unit is externally assessed in an exam, the other is a internal controlled assessment.
Unit 2 Using Digital Tools
Pupils will complete coursework based on given scenario provided by the examination board. Edexcel.
Completion of Unit 2 Oct Half Term
Unit 1 Living in a Digital World
- Personal digital devices
- Operating online
- Online goods and services
- Online communities
- Issues in ICT
The GCSE in Computing enables pupils to develop an understanding of current and emerging technologies, and how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.
They will acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming.
They will also use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, and they will be able to make informed decisions about the use and be aware of the implications of different technologies.
Pupils will also acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts and develop computer programs to solve problems.
Pupils will study three units, one unit externally assessed, and two controlled assessments.
Controlled Assessment A452
Year 11 (present)
Controlled Assessment A453 (programming project)
Controlled Assessment A452
Revision of Theory Topics