Computing and ICT

Head of Department: Mr R Lawrence (Assistant Headteacher)

Overview

Computing and ICT are taught through a number of different subjects across the curriculum at KS3, with a particular focus on subjects that require these skills at KS4 such as, Technology, Health Sport and Nutrition and PSHE. 

We are fortunate enough to have three fully equipped computer rooms for a class of 30, the Business Rescources Centre (BRC), which is used for both lessons as well as students social time to produce work and to become more computer literate and also one further room with a smaller number of PC's in to incorparate for any carousel activity work in classes that require a mix of both theory and coursework based classwork.    

Year 9, 10 and 11

We offer two subjects at GCSE level with Computer Science and ICT.

Computer Science  

Our GCSE (9-1) Computer Science course builds on the students development and understanding of how and why computers are used effectively in the business industry, with strong links to further education in this particular field.  The new specification is updated on a regular basis to ensure that the content is relevant to the modern, changing world of computing, where it is designed to boost computing skills essential for the 21st century.

It covers the following topic areas through the theory content, where the students sit two external examinations worth 60% in total:

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and Wireless Networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System Security
  • System Software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Robust programs
  • Computational Logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

There is then a controlled assessment element worth 40% of the grade which looks at programming and coding using Python software. 

Information Computer Technology

Students 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 (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that there are in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. 

ICT covers the above information via the following topics:

  • Personal Digital Devices
  • Connectivity
  • Operating Online
  • Online Goods and Services
  • Online Communities
  • Issues

This GCSE qualification consists of one examination paper, which equates to 40% of the overall grade and a practical coursework assessment where students 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. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.  Students must complete the controlled assessment task within 40 hours of lesson time.

Homework

Homework is set weekly via 'Show My Homework'. These tasks are often related to work completed in the lesson to lead onto further learning, in preparation for the following lesson to give students prior knowledge to their learning or it is related to the current learning in the subject. There is a variety in the type of homework that is set, some require computer access which we can cater for outside of lesson times but the vast majority can be completed without the use of a computer.

Useful Links

https://www.teach-ict.com/2016/GCSE_Computing/OCR_J276/OCR_J276_home.html

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

https://www.codecademy.com/

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/content.php?r=3016-GCSE-ICT

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk