computer scienceICT

ICT is a core subject for all students who will study the new Cambridge Nationals qualification. This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The course emphasises using ICT to support business activities and practical knowledge and skills throughout and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. The course comprises of 3 units of controlled assessment followed by a 1 hour exam.  The course sits within a broader framework of further qualifications and should act as a good foundation for further study in the areas of ICT and Computing.

All individual units are graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* – these are equivalent grades to C, B, A and A* respectively.

 

Year 10

Pupils have the choice to take either a Computer Science GSCE or an ICT based qualification at Key Stage 4.
Computer Science
Students studying Computer Science will learn how to create applications that run on mobile devices and operate in a web enabled environment.
In addition they will:
• Learn how to create simple computer games
• Gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
• Have opportunities to work collaboratively.

There are two elements to the GCSE:
Controlled Assessment: two tasks of 25 hours each
Working independently students will complete two tasks from a choice of four. Students will demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts; for example, gaming, web solutions and mobile phone applications. These tasks will form 60% of the overall grade.
Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
The exam forms 40% of the overall grade and will cover the computer fundamentals topics – see section above. Questions will be a range of types from very short to extended answer.

In Year 10 pupils will:
Increase their theoretical knowledge of Computer Science by covering topics that include data representation, Algorithms, the systems life cycle, legal and moral aspects of computer science and networks. In the spring term of year 10, pupils will complete their first controlled assessment based around using html and PHP programming languages to create a web based product.

Year 1.1                                1.2 2.1                             2.2 3.1                                         3.2
10

C.S-Reformed

C.S – Data Representation

ECDL – Power Point

C.S – Programming and Algorithms

ECDL – Power Point

C.S – Computer Systems

ECDL – Power Point

C.S –Programming and Algorithms

ECDL – Word

C.S – Cyber Security & Ethics

ECDL – Word

C.S –  Programming and Algorithms

ECDL – Word

ICT – ECDL
The ECDL is designed to create learners whose abilities in ICT are ready to be applied in business. As well as being a GSCE equivalent, the ECDL is recognised and applied by industries and companies all over the UK and Europe. It covers a range of software and consists of 4 exams over year 10 and 11.
In year 10 pupils will study the key components of two pieces of software: Power Point and Word. The course will allow pupils to understand how to use basic and advanced features of both pieces of software as well as understand good practice when using the software.
There will be 2 exams in year 10, one for each piece of software. Each exam lasts for 45 minutes, is fully electronic and provides instant feedback on whether the student has passed.

 

Year 11

Computer Science:
Year 11 will start with pupils preparing for and completing their second controlled assessment. This requires pupils to use Visual Basic programming language to either create a game or complete a more traditional application.
Upon the completion of the second piece of coursework, pupils will continue with their theoretical study through year 11 by looking at topics including databases, hardware and software and a further study of networks.

Year 1.1                                1.2 2.1                             2.2
11

C.S – Legacy

C.S – Controlled Assessment

ECDL  – Spreadsheets

C.S –  Controlled Assessment

ECDL – Spreadsheets

C.S – Theory

ECDL – Improving Productivity

C.S – Theory

ECDL – Improving Productivity

ECDL
In year 11 students will cover the final piece of software, Excel, as well as preparing for the 4th unit in the qualification: Improving Productivity. The spreadsheet exam is similar to that of the previous two: learners will be able to use basic and advanced features of the software. However, the Improving Productivity Unit is an exam based on a student’s ability across all three pieces of software. To pass this exam the student will have to show that they can use different software to produce a single product or outcome.

 

Links to exam board websites:
AQA GCSE – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-4512
AQA A Level – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/as-and-a-level
BCS ECDL – http://www.bcs.org/category/14424

Links to further independent learning websites:
Hour of Code – https://code.org/learn
Code Academy – http://www.codecademy.com/learn
BBCS Bitesize Computer Science – http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
Logic Puzzles (to develop logical thinking) – http://www.logic-puzzles.org/

Programming Languages
Small Basic Download – http://smallbasic.com/
Visual Basic Download – http://microsoft-visual-basic.en.softonic.com/download

 

 

Controlled Assessment: two tasks of 25 hours each

Working independently students will complete two tasks from a choice of four. Students will demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts; for example, gaming, web solutions and mobile phone applications. These tasks will form 60% of the overall grade.

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

The exam forms 40% of the overall grade and will cover the computer fundamentals topics – see section above. Questions will be a range of types from very short to extended answer.