ICT & Computer Science

The ICT classrooms are found on the 2nd floor of the CM block. ICT is studied by all students during KS3 and then ICT Functional Skills at KS4, with mixed ability grouping used in all year groups. Computer Science is an optional subject available at GCSE. Students can elect to study ICT as a post-16 course.

What is the Curriculum within ICT/Computer Science?

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Powerful Knowledge in Computing is based on the ability to abstract and decompose a problem to produce a solution through thorough investigation. The KS3 curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who are able to recover from mistakes and produce robust and considered solutions to problems posed in class.

Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate, they have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online and are able to use and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

The curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

What will the students learn in ICT?

Lessons are designed to give students the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life in an ICT environment. Students are often asked to decide what they need to do by applying their knowledge and understanding to then solve an ICT problem. Lessons have an emphasis on independent study and the development of ICT skills. On-line guides, video tutorials and a suite of on-line practice tasks are available to sharpen students’ skills and knowledge. The use of cloud computing applications is common, wherever possible, to develop students’ experience using different ICT interfaces.

ICT KS3 Curriculum Map

How are the students assessed at KS4 for Functional Skills? (OCR Level 1 and 2FS)

There is a final assessment, which is a two hour on-line exam, where students will be expected to independently select software for particular tasks, and to solve different ICT problems in new situations. This is completed for Level 1 and/or Level 2.

How are the students assessed for GCSE Computer Science?

The qualification is split into three parts:

Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving 40%
  • Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science.
  • Written exam set in practically based scenarios: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 mark
Paper 2: Written Assessment 40%
  • Theoretical knowledge
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks
Non-exam Assesment 20%
  • The non-exam assessment (NEA) assesses a student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving.
  • Report: detailing 20 hours of NEA work, 80 marks

ICT/Computer Science KS4 Curriculum Maps

SCA Grade Descriptors for ICT/Computer Science