Computer Science

The overall aims of the ICT department are to enable pupils to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

In order to enable pupils to achieve these goals, the ICT department will aim to:

  • Provide pupils with ICT opportunities that develop within them a sense of enjoyment and achievement
  • Develop pupils' recognition that ICT is an essential skill for life
  • Develop pupils' ICT capability; technical skills and techniques, understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment
  • Provide pupils access to a broad, balanced, relevant, dynamic and motivating ICT curriculum that ensures suitable progression paths from entry in KS3 to KS4 and beyond.
  • Provide a curriculum that promotes pupils to develop as independent learners, critical thinkers, decision makers, problem solvers and reflective learners.
  • Provide curriculum opportunities that promote pupils to work as individuals, as pairs, in small groups and teams as well as develop the skills to self manage their learning within any of these groupings
  • Develop pupils understanding of and demonstration of safe and responsible use of ICT for both themselves and others.

School Trips

A number of school visits are arranged throughout the course of the year.  Details of trips which have taken place this year or are planned in the future can be viewed in the School Visits, Enrichment area of the website.

Facilities

The curriculum area consists of four dedicated ICT suites which are well equipped and updated regularly with the latest software.  All students have access to the Internet, a school email address and Showbie, a powerful learning platform, to share ideas, take tests and submit work from home.

Useful Links

  • www.teach-ict.com  -   This site is dedicated to teaching ICT and Computing at all levels. Students will find revision notes , along with plenty of quizzes, competitions and polls to keep things interesting
  • www.reviseict.co.uk  – This site has a lot of interactive content and includes game-based learning, how to guides on using standard software and the latest ICT news from the BBC.
  • www.bbc.co.uk/click  - Click is the BBC's flagship technology show across TV and radio. On TV it is broadcast throughout the week on BBC One, the BBC News Channel and BBC World News. Click is also available to watch and listen to online after broadcast in iPlayer.
  • http://gadgetshow.channel5.com-  The Gadget Show is a television series focusing on technology and is broadcast on Channel 5.  The show previews and reviews the latest gadgets, broadcasts the latest technology news and is available via Channel 5’s on demand service.

GCSE Graded 9 - 1

Board and Exam

Edexcel GCSE Computer Science

The Course

Students will complete three units of work.

Full course specification

Principles of Computer Science

This unit will assess all topics and will be comprised of a 1hr 40 minute written exam.  Topics include:

  • Algorithms
  • The requirements for writing program code
  • Binary representation
  • Computer networks
  • Components of a computer system

Application of Computational Thinking

This second unit is assessed by through a 2 hour written exam built around a scenario, where the focus will be on understanding, interpreting, amending and creating algorithms.  It will also provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of developing program code.

Controlled Assessment

The final unit, will require students to develop a computer program and produce a report which provides evidence of the development of their project.

What skills students will develop

Students will develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts.

  • Acquire and apply knowledge, some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of IT, able to make informed decisions about the use and be aware of the implications of different technologies
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems
  • Develop skills to work collaboratively
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.

How students are assessed

Students are assessed in three units.  They will complete 2 written exams each worth 40% of the overall qualification and a controlled assessment worth the remaining 20%.

Homework

Homework is set once every week to consolidate the learning that occurs in the classroom and provides an opportunity for students to develop their independent skills.

How parents can help

  • Make sure you are aware of when controlled assessments are taking place and support your child in ensuring they attend lessons when these are scheduled.
  • Ensure adequate revision is taking place in preparation for written examination
  • Encourage your child to spend quality time completing homework assignments