ICT

­­­Computer Science

Computer Science invites students to learn how to use the latest software and create their very own programs in today’s modern technological world.

Allocation

Key Stage 3 – 2 hours per fortnight

Key Stage 4 – 3 hours per fortnight (core)

Key Stage 4 – 6 hours per fortnight (option)

Key Stage 3 Key Topics

Year 7

Presentation Software

Desktop Publishing Software

Spreadsheet Software

Block Programming

Image Manipulation

Year 8

Block Programming

Web Authoring Software

Combining ICT software

Computer Hardware

Image Manipulation

Year 9

Block Programming

High Level Programming

Data Representation

Creating Digital Graphics

Key Stage 4 Qualifications

Cambridge Nationals – Creative iMedia (Core)

The qualification is split into four components. All students will complete two mandatory units, R081 and R082. Details of these components can be found below. Students will also complete a further two components which they will choose from a range of options.

R081 Pre-production Skills (Examination)

This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application.

On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and uses of a range of pre-production techniques. They will be able to plan pre-production of a creative digital media product to a client brief, and will understand how to review pre-production documents.

Learners studying the optional units will be able to apply knowledge and understanding gained in this unit to help develop their skills further during the completion of those units.

R082 Creating Digital Graphics (Practical)

This unit builds on unit R081 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in that unit and vice versa.

Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within the products it produces, to communicate messages effectively.

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.

On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics, and know where and how they are used. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.

Systems GCSE Computer Science (9-1) – J276 (Option)

The GCSE in Computer Science is split into three components. The students will sit an examination paper for component 01 and component 02. The students will complete and submit a programming project for component 03.

Component 01 - Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Component 02 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Component 03 - Programming project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

Past Results

Excellent results with a number of students achieving A* and A grades. (The new Computer Science qualification with be graded 1-9.)

Documents

Useful documents

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

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http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

 
 
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