Computing encompasses three areas: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
It is the most swiftly changing academic environment and one which directly affects students on a daily basis.
Computing is taught as a discrete subject across Key Stage 3, with an increased emphasis on computer science as students progress. Students experience a wide variety of application software, online activity and eSafety, and the principles involved in writing code. Students develop their coding skills using a range of programming languages, and in Key Stage 4 can take this to a higher level in our GCSE programme.
GCSE Course Overview
The GCSE ICT course enables students to become independent and discerning users of ICT, make informed decisions about its use and be aware of the implications to themselves and society. Students will acquire and apply creative and technical skills in a range of contexts.
How the course breaks down
Papers 1 & 2 (Written papers – 40%)
1.Types and components of computer systems
2.Input and output devices
3.Storage devices and media
6.The effects of using ICT—legal, social and ethical
7.The ways in which ICT is used—modern society
8.Systems analysis and design
Controlled Assessments (Value - 60%)
Students study a range of everyday software applications to be able to manipulate and process data and other relevant information effectively and efficiently.
The solution that students much create will include links across different software packages such as database, spreadsheets, desktop publisher or presentation.
Students study a range of creative software applications in order to create a multimedia solution to a given problem.
The multimedia solution must include appropriate elements such as: sound clips, video, animation and graphics. This may be included in either a multimedia presentation or a multimedia website.
How will I be assessed?
The course is made up of 2 Controlled Assessments. These equate to 60% of the final grade.
The other 40% is two written examinations based on the theory used in the Controlled Assessments.