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Computing and ICT

Key Stage 3 

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught a range of computing and ICT skills including spreadsheets, databases, control, digital media, electronic communication and presentation skills.

Key Stage 4 

Computing GCSE is offered to students in Years 10 and 11. The course provides excellent preparation higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Learners who’ve taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels. 

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.  For many learners, it’ll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-today life. In this respect, the course will make an excellent preparation for learners who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine. The GCSE in Computing is assessed by an exam at the end of Year 11 worth 40% of total marks and controlled assessment worth 60% of total marks. 

GCSE ICT is also offered to students in Years 10 and 11. Student learn to become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisation and society.  Students 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, understanding current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact. The GCSE in ICT is assessed by one exam at the end of Y11 worth 40% of total marks and a controlled assessment worth 60% of the total marks.

BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology is a vocational qualification (equivalent to a GCSE). Students learn in detail how websites work and how website creators create a digital portfolio. Students complete 3 different assignments worth in total 75% of the total marks. In addition, the BTEC is assessed with an online exam worth 25% of the total marks 

The BTEC in ICT will help give learners the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries, such as Software Engineer, Website Content Manager, Computer Animator and Graphic designer.  Following successful completion of the BTEC First, students can go on to a level 3 BTEC course or an apprenticeship in ICT. 

ICT in Sixth Form 

Students can study ICT at AS and A' Level with WJEC board at King Ecgbert Sixth Form. Students will learn about information systems, presenting and using ICT, the use and impact of ICT and they will complete a relational database project. Assessment is by 2 exams worth 60% of total marks and 2 pieces of coursework worth 40%. 

Year   Half term  Topics covered 
Baseline test, Basic Skills and Databases 
  Pivot 
  E-safety 
  Future of Technologies and Multimedia 
  Logo 
  Scratch 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
Scratch 
  History of computing 
  Binary 
  E-safety and Games Maker 
  Games Maker 
  Flowol 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
Flash 
  Python 
  HTML - Creating a web site through the use of Code 
  HTML - creating a web site through the use of code 
  Modelling 
  Java Script 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
10 ICT  Lets Communicate 
  Skills in Spreadsheet, Graphics, Video 
  Controlled Assessment 
  Controlled Assessment 
  Controlled Assessment 
  Controlled Assessment 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
11 ICT  Controlled Assessment 
  Completion of controlled Assessment and preparation for the Mock Exam - Shopping Experiences 
  Entertain Me and On the Move 
  Smart working and exam preparation 
  Revision 
  Exam leave    
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
10  CS  Programming in Python: data types; variables; comparators; sequence, selection and iteration; Arrays and storing data; Lists and dictionaries; Reading and writing to files
   A453 CA – Programming project 
   A453 CA – Programming project 
   A453 CA – Programming project / A452 CA – Practical investigation 
   A452 CA – Practical investigation 
   A452 CA – Practical investigation 
Year  Half term  Topics covered 
11 CS  A452 CA 
   A452 CA/Theory 
   Theory 
   Exam preparation 
   Revision 
   Exam leave