Computing

Exam Board: OCR

Exam Board Website: OCR – Oxford, Cambridge & RSA Examinations externallink

Computing Curriculum Summary
Year 7 ‘Computational Thinking’ is a skill children need to learn to equip them for the 21stCentury workplace and to enable them to participate effectively in this digital world. The curriculum has been developed to equip pupils with the basic skills, knowledge and understanding of computing which they will need for the rest of their lives. Topics in Year 7 include; “Have fun and be safe with computers”, “Supercool Spreadsheets”, “Magic with Micro-Bits” and “Burrow inside the Black Box”.
Year 8 In Year 8 pupils will continue to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding and will gain the firm basis to study the subject at KS4 should they wish to do so. Topics in Year 8 include; “Into the Dragon’s Den”, “Stay safe & communicate” and “Solve it with Sherlock”.
Year 9 This qualification is relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. It is a practical subject where pupils can apply the knowledge and skill learnt in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. This course promotes computational thinking, helping pupils to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. It is ideal not only for those who wish to study Computer Science at A level and beyond but also gives a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.
Year 10
Year 11

ICT

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Board Website: Pearson externallink

ICT Curriculum Summary
Current Year 11   

This course consists of 2 units:

Living In A Digital World

  • In this unit pupils explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts. This is examined at the end of Year 11 and is worth 40% of the overall grade.

Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. Pupils broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Pupils produce a controlled assessment portfolio which is worth 60% of the overall grade.

Certificate in Digital Applications

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Board Website: Pearson externallink

Certificate in Digital Applications Curriculum Summary
Current Year 10  Pupils will complete compulsory Unit 1 “Developing Web Products”. This unit aims to give the knowledge and skills needed to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination.   This unit is examined at the end of Year 11 through a practical exam, completed in college but externally examined. Pupils then complete a further unit which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

ICT

Exam Board: Edexcel

Exam Board Website: Pearson externallink

ICT Curriculum Summary
Current Year 9

Pupils will study a broad range of ICT skills including the use of basic office applications and the creation of digital multimedia web products.

In February/March 2018 the government will release the new list of approved qualifications for examination in 2020, at which time we will choose the most appropriate ICT qualification to ensure pupils have the necessary skills for post16 study and the world of work.

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