ICT and Computing
Team Members are:
Simon Pinnegar (Head of ICT & Computing)
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage Three ICT, students follow a rigorous curriculum that fully prepares them for the challenges of GCSE Computer Science or GCSE ICT. Students learn about E-Safety, spreadsheet modelling, creating websites, storing data, hardware and software and also learn to code using Python. Students will have tried out and practiced key concepts of the GCSE courses before they chose their options in Year 8 so that they are as well prepared as can be to select courses that they will love studying in Key Stage 4 and 5.
Key Stage 4
The department runs option courses in Computer Science and ICT.
In Computer Science students follow the OCR course and learn about the workings of a computer as well as learning to create robust programs using the Python programming language. They sit two written paper examinations worth 50% each, these examinations cover the computer theory and programming elements of the specification.
In ICT students are either following NCFE’s Certificate in Interactive Media or Edexcel’s Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA). Our current Year 11 students are studying the CIDA course which teaches students about website production and all of the different types of files required to build a professional website and is assessed with a large project worth 75% and a 25% written exam.
Our year 9 and 10 students are studying the NCFE interactive media course. They are assessed through a number of coursework units and a final 15 hour examination in year 11. The coursework units develop student understanding and skills as follows: 1 – Features of interactive products, 2 – The design of interactive products, 3 – The creation and development of the products, 4 – An evaluation and review of what has been produced. The final examination tests students ability to put these skills into practice as the students must produce an interactive solution for a brief.
Useful Information for Year 11
There are a number of useful websites to support students at home:
- GCSE pod (For Computer Science: 70 very short and concise videos that cover the specification – these are brilliant)
- BBC bitesize
- YouTube (For covering practical ICT skills, everything is available)
- Revision Textbook: OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science All-in-One Revision and Practice (ISBN 10 = 0008227470)
Intervention classes and clubs:
Mondays 3:05 – 4:05. K13 for CiDA, K12 for Computer Science.