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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.   

 

Year 10

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.

 

External Exam

 

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.

 

Coursework

 

Year 11

Unit 6 Creating Digital Graphics

Pupils design and create a digital graphics product, which they must then test and evaluate its fitness for purpose.

 

Coursework

 

Unit 3 Digital Portfolio

Pupils must create an online portfolio documenting all work completed in the above units.

 

Coursework

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. 

 

Year 10

Unit 2 Using Digital Tools

Pupils will complete coursework based on given scenario provided by the examination board.  Edexcel.

 

Controlled assessment

 

Year 11

Completion of Unit 2 Oct Half Term

 

Unit 1 Living in a Digital World

Topics covered:

  • Personal digital devices
  • Connectivity
  • Operating online
  • Online goods and services
  • Online communities
  • Issues in ICT

 

External Exam

 

GCSE Computing

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.

 

Year 10

Theory

Computer System

Computer Hardware

Data Representation

Programming

 

Easter

Controlled Assessment A452

 

Year 11 (present)

Sept 2015

Controlled Assessment A453 (programming project)

 

January 2016

Controlled Assessment A452

 

March 2016

Revision of Theory Topics

Computer System

Computer Hardware

Data Representation

Software

Networks

Databases

Programming