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Computing Department

Welcome to the Computing Department at Churchdown School

The department aims to make every student in the school IT literate and enable them to demonstrate a high level of Digital Literacy in the real world.

As students progress to KS4 and KS5 the department has two different pathways. One for those wishing to increase their IT skill base and another for those who wish to develop their understanding of Computing as a subject

KS3 Overview – Projects

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

 

KS4 Overview

OCR GCSE Computing

Unit A451: Computer systems and programming – 40%

1 hour 30 minute exam end of Year 11 

This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based. Topics include, Fundamentals of a Computer System, Computing Hardware, Software, Representing Data in a Computer System, Databases, Computer Communications, Networking and Programming

Unit A452: Practical investigation - Controlled Assessment - 30% 

An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation

A453: Programming Project - Controlled Assessment  - 30

Understand standard programming techniques, be able to design a coded solution to a problem

Including the ability to: Develop suitable algorithms, design suitable input and output formats, Identify suitable variables and structures, Identify test procedures.

Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function

Test their solution: To show functionality, To show how it matches the design criteria, Identifying successes and any limitations

OCR Creative imedia

R081: Pre-Production Skills

1 hour 15 minute exam end of Year 10 - 25% 

Understand how pre-production skills are used in the creative and digital media sector. Develop understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process

R082: Creating digital graphics Coursework - 25% 

Understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector

Understand where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation

R089: Creating a digital video sequence Coursework - 25% 

Understand where digital video is used in the media industry such as television, film, web applications or computer gaming

Understand how these technologies are developed to reach an identified target audience

R091: Designing a game concept Coursework - 25% 

Understand the capabilities and limitations of a range of platforms

Understand core features of digital games and gain the knowledge to create a games design concept proposal that can be presented to a client for critical review

Equivalent to one whole GCSE

KS5 Overview

OCR - Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT

What does the course include?

ICT is at the heart of everyday life, at work, home and in our leisure time: from office application software to computer graphics, multimedia, problem solving, game creation and Project Planning. ICT and Global Information Systems have an ever-increasing role to play.

The Cambridge Technicals in IT draw this together through five units, Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security, then a choice of two units from Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything. It’s an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace or for students wishing to study ICT related subjects in higher education. The Cambridge Technicals in IT provide students with a theoretical background reinforced with practical skills that transfer into the modern workplace.

Key Features: It is one A Level equivalent recognised by UCAS. 66% externally assessed.

Course Units:

There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two mandatory units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires learners to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism.

Students must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. The optional units include Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything.

Will it suit me?

Cambridge Technical have a clear, practical and sensible approach to assessment. They have been developed with industry specialists and leading employers to offer an exciting, inspiring and challenging qualification created to develop transferable skills that are essential in the workplace or for further study.

All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.

Where could this lead?

This is a suitable course for people who wish to study IT degrees in a Higher Education institution such as, Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems. This qualification can also be used for others who wish to progress into the work place. A recent survey by DFES showed that 90% of all jobs in the UK required the use of ICT.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Computing

What does the course include?

The field of computing includes computer engineering, software engineering, computer science, information systems, and information technology. This BTEC National Extended Certificate course includes a broad cross section of units from the field of computing.

Key Features: It is one A Level equivalent recognised by UCAS. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Course Units:

Four units of which three are mandatory and two are external.

Principles of Computer Science – Mandatory - Written exam - Set and marked by Pearson

Fundamentals of Computer Systems – Mandatory - Written exam - Set and marked by Pearson

IT Systems Security and Encryption – Mandatory - Assignment - Set and marked internally

Human Computer Interaction, Computer Games Development, Mobile Apps Development, Managing and Supporting Systems – A choice of one unit from this category - Assignment - Set and marked internally

Will it suit me?

Students with a keen interest in finding out how computers work and how to program them will enjoy this course. You will develop both a theory understanding and practical skills. The BTEC qualifications are designed to provide highly specialist qualifications in a range of vocational sectors.  The qualifications provide clear progression opportunities to degree and higher technical apprenticeships in IT/Computing.

Where could this lead?

This course will prepare you to study Computing, Computer Science or one of the many ICT courses in Further or Higher Education. You may wish to take a more vocational approach and gain a higher apprenticeship.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Next steps or Where the subject leads

Students with a keen interest in finding out how computers work and how to program them or enhancing their IT skills will enjoy this subject. You will develop both a theory understanding and practical skills.

You will also develop transferrable skills such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.

Our qualifications provide clear progression opportunities to degree and higher technical apprenticeships in IT/Computing.

The selection of courses we have on offer will prepare you to study Computing, Computer Science, Software Development, Software Engineering or one of the many ICT/ Business Information Systems courses in Further or Higher Education.

A recent survey by DFES showed that 90% of all jobs in the UK required the use of ICT.

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