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Computing

Recent changes to government legislation have meant that Computer Science is now included in the English     Baccalaureate at Key Stage 4. This is basically the government’s efforts to teach its current and emerging citizens valuable knowledge and skills around computing and communications devices, software that operates them, applications that run on them and systems that are built with them.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7
 

Students are using an exciting new e-learning platform called Tynker (Using syllabus 101 and 102) where they are developing games and programs using code. This enables the students to learn the key programming skills where they can develop their creative thinking, problem solving and open themselves to other programing languages.

Students are also taught Scratch, which is similar to Tynker, but has a more personalised approach where students can draw their own characters and personalised sounds. Again, we are developing their creativity by enabling them to create and personalise their learning.

Year 8 

Students are using an exciting new e-learning platform called Tynker (Using syllabus 201 and 202) where they are developing games and programs using code. This enables the students to learn the key programming skills where they can develop their creative thinking, problem solving and open themselves to other programing languages.

Students are also taught Scratch, which is similar to Tynker, but has a more personalised approach where students can draw their own characters and personalised sounds. Again, we are developing their creativity by enabling them to create and personalise their learning.

Year 9 

Students are using an exciting new e-learning platform called Tynker (Using syllabus 301 and 302) where they are developing games and programs using code. This enables the students to learn the key programming skills where they can develop their creative thinking, problem solving and open themselves to other programing languages.

Students are also taught Scratch, which is similar to Tynker, but has a more personalised approach where students can draw their own characters and personalised sounds. Again, we are developing their creativity by enabling them to create and personalise their learning.

Key stage 4 overview

The department has invested a lot of time and effort to ensure all pupils work, assessment and tracking is securely on the cloud and accessible 24 hours a day 7 days week. This bespoke E-Learning systems enables our students to access and continue with their lessons beyond the classroom. All homework is set, completed, assessed and feedback is given quickly.

Year 10 

Students are taught OCR Computer Science GCSE which consists of 3 Units;

  •  Unit A451 is a Written External Exam
  • Units A452 and A453 are both Controlled Assessments

This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE

  • Unit A451 40% - 1 hour 30 minutes Written paper 80 marks
  • Unit A452 30% - Investigative task. OCR-set scenario with a choice of research tasks. 45 marks
  • Unit A453 30% - Controlled assessment Programming task. Design, develop and test a solution to a problem within the OCR-set scenario. 45 marks

Year 11 

Students are taught OCR Computer Science GCSE which consists of 3 Units;

  • Unit A451 is a Written External Exam
  • Units A452 and A453 are both Controlled Assessments

This course is equivalent to 1 GCSE

  • Unit A451 40% - 1 hour 30 minutes Written paper 80 marks
  • Unit A452 30% - Investigative task. OCR-set scenario with a choice of research tasks. 45 marks
  •  Unit A453 30% - Controlled assessment Programming task. Design, develop and test a solution to a problem within the OCR-set scenario. 45 marks

Students in year 11 also complete an ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) course for schools. This ECDL IT Application Skills is equivalent to a GCSE and has an outcome from Pass to Distinction*. Students need to complete 4 Units to get the qualifications:

  • Spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) – 75% Pass mark
  • Presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint) – 75% Pass mark
  • Word Processing (Microsoft Word) – 75% Pass mark
  • Improving Productivity in MS Office – 55% Pass mark

Key Stage 5 Overview

Just the same as the KS4, the Business and Computing department has invested a lot of time and effort to ensure all pupils work, assessment and tracking is securely on the cloud and accessible 24 hours a day 7 days week.  This bespoke E-Learning systems enables our students to access and continue with their lessons beyond the classroom.

All homework is set, completed, assessed and feedback is given quickly. Our Sixth formers have access to content, able to work independently from anywhere and submit assessment electronically for plagiarism checking.

Year 12 

BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma Students Complete 18 Unit over a 2 year period This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

  • U - Ungraded (Student has no Evidence)
  • P - Pass Equivalent to C
  • M - Merit Equivalent to B
  • D - Distinction Equivalent to A
  • D* - Distinction Star Equivalent to A*

Have a look at the course online booklet for more information.

Year 13 

BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma Students Complete 18 Unit over a 2 year period This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

  •  U - Ungraded (Student has no Evidence)
  • P - Pass Equivalent to C
  • M - Merit Equivalent to B
  • D - Distinction Equivalent to A
  • D* - Distinction Star Equivalent to A*

Have a look at the course online booklet for more information.

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