In the Computing department lessons focus on computer science and the creative use of technology. Students learn about the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to use information technology to create their own programs and systems. The curriculum aims to equip all to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through computer technology at the level needed for the future workplace.
- understand and use the basic principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and write computer programs to solve these problems
- evaluate and use technology to solve problems
- Use technology responsibly, confidently and creatively
Key Stage 4 GCSE. Years 10-11
There are two options at GCSE level: Computer Science & Creative iMedia
Why Choose GCSE Computer Science?
Have you ever wondered how your favourite apps and games work? Here is your opportunity. The GCSE Computer Science course will give you the skills to create interactive programs, develop problem solving skills as well as giving you the opportunity to work as a team. The skills you will learn will be transferrable to other subjects and even apply in day-to-day life.
Three main areas of study:
The programming project will call on you to design, code and test a solution to tasks using a suitable programming language.
How computers and digital devices work.
Application of computer science principles.
Exam Board – OCR Final Grade – GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
Component 1 – Computer systems (50%) 1 hour 30 minutes (exam)
The first component is an exam focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory.
Component 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (50%)1 hour 30 minutes (exam) This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles.
Component 3 – Programming project
Approx 20 hours
(Controlled assessment) This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.
KS4 ICT CREATIVE IMEDIA
Why Choose ICT Creative iMedia
This course will welcome you into the world of creative technology, allowing you to experience and develop some of the skills used in the Media and Information Technology industry.
YOU WILL STUDY:
R081: Pre-production skills – knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application
R082: Digital Graphics – the aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector.
Then two of the optional units:
R085: Web Design
What will I need to succeed on this course?
WHAT WILL I NEED TO SUCCEED ON THIS COURSE?
- An interest in Information and Creative Technology area.
- A desire to use your creativity and artistic skills to create products.
- An ability to work independently, as well as in teams, and to meet deadlines.
Exam Board – OCR (600/6071/2)
Final Grade – Pass / Merit/ Distinction/ Distinction*
This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE qualification
Structure of Assessment
Coursework (75%) – internally marked
On-line assessment (25%) – externally marked