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We follow the OCR GCSE Computing course. The emphasis of this course is on computational thinking rather than just how computers work. Students sit a written exam, worth 60% of the final course, and two pieces of coursework worth 20% each.
The written exam is based on the following topics:
- Fundamentals of computer systems
- Computer hardware
- Representation of data
- Computer communication and networking
- Programming Coursework task 1 (Starting mid-October)
An investigation on a particular issue related to computing, e.g. the use of a particular application or model. We spend at least 20 hours of class time (controlled assessment) completing this.
Coursework task 2 (Starting mid-January)
Completing a series of programming tasks. We have chosen to use Python as our language as it is easy to learn yet very powerful. Again, at least 20 hours of class time is devoted to this (controlled assessment).
For more information about the course look on the OCR GCSE Computing website.
In an ever changing digital world students need to be equipped with the skills that will enable them to be digital competent to be successful in whatever path they choose. Students can choose from OCR GCSE Computing and AQA GCSE ICT at key stage 4. Students have their own email address and access to the internet, through our filtered line, to carry out research for their work in school.
Introduction to ICT Searching the Internet Effects of ICT on Society Spreadsheets Scratch Programming Collaborative Learning
Introduction HTML Creating Web Pages with Dreamweaver Flash Animation Excel for Science GameMaker
Introduction How Computers Work Using Photoshop Programming with Python Letter Writing E-Safety Systems and Networks
GCSE – ICT Key stage 4 students cover a wide range of both practical skills and theory when working on the AQA ICT GCSE.
Skills covered include; spreadsheet design, databases, web design and using a blog, as well as the use of these in the digital world. Students are expected to contribute to a class blog and make good use of email and collaborative working.
There are 3 units which make up the course, one of which is an exam (which can be taken on-screen or on paper) and two controlled assessments carried out in class.
Unit 1 - Systems and Applications in ICT - (1 hour 30 minutes exam – 40%). Topics covered: -
- Current and emerging technologies
- Operating systems and user interfaces
- Applications software
- Word processing, DTP, web design and other presentation software
- Graphics production and image manipulation
- Spreadsheets and modelling software
- Web browsing and e-mail
- Web logs and social networking
- Data logging and control software
- Society’s use of ICT
- Collaborative working
Unit 2 - The Assignment – Applying ICT – (Controlled Assessment – 30%)
- A scenario will be given and students are expected to use what they have learned to complete the assignment which is an internal controlled assessment. This is set by the exam board and usually involves building a spreadsheet/database/website whilst working through the systems life cycle
Unit 3 - Practical Problem Solving in ICT– (Controlled Assessment – 30%)
- Students will be provided with several tasks based on education, work or the community and be expected to choose one to solve using ICT. Skills learned during the first two terms will contribute to the development of a number of systems based around a real world scenario.
Students have both practical and theory lessons each week and work on all units during each term in unison: -
Term 1: -
- Unit 1 - Current and emerging technologies, Operating systems and user interfaces, Applications software, Word processing, DTP, web design and other presentation software, Graphics production and image manipulation, Spreadsheets and modelling software, Databases.
Unit 2 – Start of controlled assessment.
Term 2: -
- Unit 1 - Web browsing and e-mail, Web logs and social networking, Data logging and control software.
- Unit 2 – Completion of controlled assessment.
Term 3: -
- Unit 1 - Society’s use of ICT, Collaborative working.
- Unit 3 – Controlled assessment.
After each of the topics above students sit an end of topic test. Some topics are longer than others but on average they sit one about every three weeks. The results of these, along with any homework tasks set, are used to monitor progress.
We have a range of quality learning materials on The Learning Zone of our ILE, both made by us and from other sources. These include powerpoints, worksheets, revision guides and videos. Any student wishing to look ahead or reinforce what they have covered in class has a range of options to choose from.
How parents can help
Students must have access to a computer at home with a good internet connection. It would be convenient if they were to have full administration rights. Although specific guidance may not be given regarding the coursework tasks, you may discuss these and offer some ideas.