ICT and Computer Science

Staff within the department

Mrs K. Davey –Head of Department (Teacher of ICT & Computer Science)

Mr A. Muscat- Teacher of ICT & Computer Science

Miss L. Bunce – Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of ICT & Computer Science

Miss J. Gavaghan- Head of Business Studies, teacher of ICT (KS3)

Mr S. Rees- Assistant Headteacher – Business studies & ICT (KS3)

Mr S. Boldero – Teacher of Maths & ICT (KS3)

Mr G. Jones- Teacher of DT & ICT (KS3)

Key Stage 3

Pupils have at Key Stage 3 have 2 ICT lessons a fortnight, within those lessons pupils will study the following focus topics

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

E-safety & Cyberbullying Use of technology Digital Footprints
Design of a webpage (HTML) Databases Python Programming
Spreadsheets Spreadsheet Digital Photography
Databases Magazine cover design (graphics- Photoshop) Game development
Scratch Programming Website Design The Computer system (Hardware)
  Programming  

Key Stage 4

At key stage 4 the department offers 2 courses: –

  • GCSE ICT (WJEC)
  • Computer science (WJEC)

1. GCSE ICT

This course involves the following areas of study & assessment: –

Unit 1: Understanding ICT- 20%

This is a written exam at the end of year 11.  Looking at the functional elements of ICT in a home and school context.

Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT- 30%

This is a controlled assessment which consists of a portfolio of work

Unit 3: ICT in Organisations-20%

This is a written exam at the end of year 11.  It will look at the ‘application’ content of ICT in a business and industry context.

Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions-30%

This is a controlled assessment will give pupils the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a single task brief issued by WJEC.

2.GCSE Computer Science

This course involves the following areas of study & assessment: –

Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science –Exam- 45%

This is an exam at the end of year 11 that looks at areas of study such as, Networks, Internet & Communications, Algorithm’s & Programming.

Unit 2: Solving Problems Using Computers 30%

This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding.

Unit 3: Developing Computing Solutions 25%

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.

Key Stage 5

ICT- Cambridge Technical in ICT (OCR)

There are two mandatory units that must be completed, these are discussed below: –

Unit 1-Communication & Employability Skills for IT

This unit allows students to understand what an employer expects of an individual and how to communicate effectively while developing their own personal development needs.

Unit 2- Information Systems

This unit will ensure that students have a greater understanding of how organisations use information internally and externally.  The skills gained by completing this unit will give students knowledge of the functionality of information and the ability to produce management systems.

You are then required to complete 4 additional optional units; choices include: –

  • Computer programming
  • Web development
  • Advanced spreadsheets
  • Game development
  • Project planning in ICT
  • 2D Animation Productions
  • Digital Graphics

This course currently is assessed via 100% coursework and is internally marked and externally moderated.

Computer Science (WJEC)

AS-Level

Unit 1- written exam–covering topics such as: –

  • Computer architecture
  • Data representation
  • Software applications,
  • Programming methodologies
  • The impact of computer science on society.

Unit 2 – On-screen exam

These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of a specific programming language.

A-level

Unit 3 – Written exam

Programming and System Development

Unit 4 –Written exam

Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

Unit 5- Coursework/project

Programmed Solution to a Problem

 

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