Key Stage 3
In KS3 all students have a 100 minute lesson every two weeks. These lessons focus on building computer science based skills, inline with the new Key Stage 3 computing curriculum.
Students learn logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, desing and structured problem-solving - all concepts and skills that are valuable well beyond the computing classroom. Students gain awareness of the resources required to implement and deply a solution and how to deal with real-world and business contraints.
The units of work covered in each year group are:
* Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly.
* Games programming in Scratch.
* Spreadsheet Modelling.
* Sound Editing.
* Computer Crime and Cyber Security.
* HTML and Website Development.
* Video Editing.
* An introduction to the Python programming language.
* Understanding computers.
* Next steps in Python.
* The Diploma Project.
Key Stage 4
Our current Key Stage 4 students are working towards a single GCSE in ICT with the EDEXCEL exam board.
The scheme of assessment for the Full course consists of Coursework Components (60%) and a terminal examination (40%).
Year 10 and 11 students follow the OCR Computer Science Specification.
In year 10 students undertake 2 programming pieces of coursework, one based in python and the other in HTML and Java Script. Each piece of coursework is worth 30%.
During year 11 the students develop their theoretical knowledge of computer systems and programming culminating a written exam paper(40%).
We follow the WJEC GCE ICT qualification
Over the 2 years students complete 4 modules of work. Theses are;
IT1: Information Systems:
Topics covered in this unit include:
- Data, information, knowledge and processing
- The value and importance of information
- Quality of information
- Validation and verification
- Capabilities and limitations of ICT
- Uses of ICT
- Presenting Information
- Human Computer Interface
Section B of the exam paper requires studnets to create a spreadsheet prior to the exam and answer questions based on their spreadsheet.
IT2: Presenting Information
This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve
a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a
leaflet or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail
merged letter. (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type
IT3: Use and impact of ICT
- This module covers communications between computers and interactions between humans and computers.
- The convergence of communications technology and information technology and their impact on society, commerce and industry is an integral part of the module.
IT4: ICT Project
- The project is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, allowing candidates to demonstrate their skills to
- analyse a problem,
- design a solution to a problem,
- develop a software solution and test,
- document and evaluate the solution
To view the curriculum details, please click here.