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Edexcel

In today’s modern society, ICT and Computer Science is fundamental in ensuring inclusive, personalised, enhanced and extended learning experiences. We believe that ICT plays an essential role in helping us to achieve these wider aims. The ICT department has developed an engaging, practical curriculum to help students explore how technology is used in the modern world.

Key stage 3

Pupils in Key stage 3 are given a wide range of experiences in both Computer Science and ICT. Units of work are based around project based scenarios and are delivered every half term. This enables pupils to become familiar with a wide range of software applications, embedding the practical skills that will be required in KS4 and KS5.

The department has made significant changes to the curriculum to incorporate computing throughout the key stage 3 programme of study. New and exciting units encourage exploration and creativity and enable pupils to expand their skills using new and innovative technologies and programming languages.

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils are given one lesson of ICT per week.

The skills acquired at KS2 are developed and pupils are expected to apply their skills to solve a range of problems.

Pupils are taught how to effectively use the Internet ; how to stay safe online; communicate using text and graphics (using PowerPoint and Desktop Publishing); think computationally; undertake control activities and learn the basics of programming as well as learning about how computers work.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils are given one lesson per week. They build on the skills from Year 7 as well as working on longer topics to help them build a better understanding of how ICT is used in the real world.

Pupils are taught how to program using Python and RoboMind, work on designing and advertising a product for a set audience as well as learning about how encryption, the interne, databases and networks work.

Year 9

In Year 9 Pupils are given one ICT lesson per week. Pupils are taught how to use CAD (Computer Aided Design) packages, develop their understanding of programming as well as undertaking some study of ICT and computing theory such as how binary works.

In additional ICT pupils learn to create multimedia presentations using Flash, Fireworks and other presentation software.

Key stage 4

Year 10

In year 10 pupils can opt to take Computer Science. This course is broken down into 2 written exams and a non-examined assessment (NEA) where their practical ability to plan and create a program is tested.

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science

Written examination: 1 hour and 40 minutes

40% of the qualification

Content overview

This component will assess all topics.

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understand the requirements for writing program code.
  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues. Assessment overview This paper consists of multiple-choice, short open response, open response and extended open response answer questions. All questions are mandatory.

Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking

Written examination: 2 hours

40% of the qualification

GCSE Computing

Controlled Assessment – 60% (2*30%)

Exam – 40%

Content overview

The main focus of this component will be:

  • Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.
  • Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms.

This component may also draw on:

  • Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases.
  • Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code.
  • Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues

Component 3: Project

Non-examined assessment: 20 hours

20% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Students will develop a computer program. The content for this component will draw on:

  • algorithms, decomposition and abstraction
  • design, write, test and refine a program
  • data

Year 11

Currently some Year 11’s study GCSE ICT. (This is the last year this assessment is available in England).

GCSE ICT

Controlled Assessment – 60%

Exam – 40%

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit, 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 an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. 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.

Key Stage 5

Year 12/13

Cambridge technical in ICT (Level 3) (OCR)

In year 12 students study for the Certificate in IT which is made up of 2 units.

Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT.

After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding your students have developed will underpin their study for the additional units.

Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare students for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.

Unit 2 Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. Your students will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.

This unit will provide students with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information they will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give them knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. They will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.

This unit will help students to understand the legislation and regulation governing information which flows in to and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. They’ll also learn the relationship between data and Information.

Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare students for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware

Year 13

In the second year of study the students complete the extended certificate and must take the mandatory unit 3 (Cyber Security) plus 2 additional units which can include project management in a range of areas.

Unit 3 Cyber Security

The need for secure digital systems is more crucial than ever before. We rely on computerised systems and networks to collect, process, store and transfer vast amounts of data and to control critical systems such as water and power supplies.

Business and e-commerce can be undertaken twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and telecommunications enable us to keep in touch with family and friends and collaborate with colleagues at any time. Mobile devices offer us freedom and flexibility of where and how we learn and work. However, for all the advantages that these systems offer us, some people have found ways to exploit them and this poses a threat to our safety and security in the real world, as much as in the cyber world. To deal with this problem, the cyber security industry is expanding at a rapid rate.

This unit has been designed to enable your students to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. They will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cyber security incidents resulting from these challenges. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information.

Learning within this unit will also support the delivery of the Cisco Cyber Security and CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Mobility+ qualifications. The unit also makes reference to UK government cyber security initiatives, for example, the UK government’s UK Cyber Security Strategy, Cyber Essentials Scheme, 10 Steps Strategy, and Cyber Streetwise.

Year 13

A level ICT (AQA)

At present Year 13 study A level ICT. This is the last year this assessment is available.

In today’s world, technology and the use of ICT is evolving at a rapid pace. The impact this is having on businesses and households throughout the world is enormous and individuals now need to be able to master these new technologies in order to compete in the modern world.

Students in AS/A ICT learn to become independent users of ICT, with the ability to manage ICT projects.

Year 2

In the second year you’ll build on that strong foundation with another two study themes. In the first theme, ‘The use of ICT in the digital world’, you’ll cover technology developments, how to manage ICT projects, and the use of ICT solutions within organisations. In the second theme, ‘Practical issues’, you’ll get hands-on experience by conceiving, designing and implementing a real ICT-related system.

Facilities & Resources

The ICT department is equipped with 3 designated ICT suites with 31 networked PC’s and interactive whiteboards.

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

The ICT department is keen to offer students the opportunity to experience ICT and new technologies outside the school environment. We run a trip to the gadget show at the Birmingham NEC where students get the opportunity to try out the latest ‘gadgets’ and watch the interactive presentation by the current presenters of the hit TV show. We are also actively looking for employer contributions to our curriculum through work experience to guest talks.

Staff

Mr S Warren (Head of ICT)

Mr S Griffiths (ICT Teacher)

Miss A Ward (ICT Teacher)

Mrs L Holborrow (ICT Teacher)