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Computing and iMedia

Computing is a new subject that covers three areas:

  • Computer Science – how computers work and how to solve problems using a computer (especially through the writing of computer programs)
  • Information Technology – how computer systems are used in the modern world to help us create digital products and supply us with information
  • Digital literacy – how to use technology safely and securely to participate in modern society

All course materials are available on Moodle: http://31.216.48.112 

In the last few decades computing has completely redefined the society we live in, leaving virtually no area of life untouched.

What we offer

Key Stage 3 (years 7-9)

Key Stage 4 (years 10-11)

Key Stage 3

Helpful Resources

BBC Key Stage 3 Bitesize: Computing

Year 7

In year 7 we start to explore the world of computing. We learn about how to build computer programs through creating sequences of instructions to manipulate data. We also undertake creative projects with digital images and learn about how computers actually work.

Units include

Online safety, digital media skills, games programming, text based programming, computing theory

Year 8

In year 8 we start to write more complex and structured computer programs. We also apply our knowledge to creating mobile apps and look at the more complex data structures contained in databases.

Units include

Social networking, mobile apps, computing theory, Python programming, data and databases

Year 9

In year 9 we focus on preparing students for their GCSE studies in Key Stage 4. Firstly we enhance programming skills and computer science knowledge for those that will take GCSE Computer Science. Secondly we engage in design projects to help prepare for Creative iMedia. Finally, we engage in skills building for effective office skills. This enables pupils to efficiently create effective documents for all their subjects.

Units include

Networks and the Internet, web design, programming and algorithms and IT skills for Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computing

2015 starters: OCR J275 Computing; graded A*-G

(From September 2016: AQA GCSE Computer Science; graded 1-9)

Course Content

GCSE Computing is a challenging course that covers the foundations of computer science and programming. Students learn logical thinking and problem solving skills which can be applied in a wide variety of work settings. Understanding the fundamentals of computer technology can help students to rapidly understand new application programs.

When studied further at college and university, computing can lead to a range of high-demand technology careers. Computing is a very young subject that is changing the world at an incredible pace. It is becoming vital to study computing in order to understand the modern world.

Helpful Resources

http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/ - Online GCSE Computing course containing helpful videos

https://www.codecademy.com/learn/python - Help learning Python from CodeCademy

https://projecteuler.net – If you have a mathematical mind and think you can really code then try Project Euler

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in ICT

ICT is all around us. Cambridge Nationals combine basic theory of computers with practical skills and an understanding of how to apply them in a business.

Cambridge Nationals are equivalent to a GCSE. They are vocational qualifications with 25% assessed by examination and 75% assessed by coursework. Many students find that the high level of coursework helps them to produce their best work for assessment.

Grading for Cambridge Nationals is as below:

 
 

Level

Grade

GCSE Equivalent

Level 2

Distinction*

A*

Distinction

A

Merit

B

Pass

C

Level 1

L1 Distinction

D

L1 Merit

E

L1 Pass

F

Units Studied

R001 - Understanding computer systems: This unit looks at the fundamentals of computer systems and how they might be used in a business. The unit is assessed by examination. Students are given a scenario six weeks before the exam. All exam questions relate to how ICT is used in the business in the scenario.

R002 - Using ICT to create business solutions: This unit contains many of the skills needed by any modern business including spreadsheets, word processing, databases, design and presentation. This is a coursework based unit testing practical skills.

R003 - Handling data using spreadsheets: Spreadsheets are used in almost every business and are a key skill for employability and working effectively. Building upon R002, this unit further develops skills when using spreadsheets. This unit is assessed upon the coursework completed in the unit.

R006 - Creating digital images: This unit looks at the creation of digital graphics. As well as using tools such as Photoshop to create the final graphic, students also learn about the design process and the importance of copyright when using images. This unit is assessed upon coursework completed during the unit.

Helpful Resources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/ - BBC Bitesize

http://www.BBC.co.uk/click - BBC Click

Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia

Britain has a thriving creative industry. Creative iMedia teaches the use of digital technologies to create graphics, animation, sound, video and websites. Students also learn how pre-production skills are used to create high quality products.

Cambridge Nationals are equivalent to a GCSE. They are vocational qualifications with 25% assessed by examination and 75% assessed by coursework. Many students find that the high level of coursework helps them to produce their best work for assessment.

Grading for Cambridge Nationals is as below:

Level

Grade

GCSE Equivalent

Level 2

Distinction*

A*

Distinction

A

Merit

B

Pass

C

Level 1

L1 Distinction

D

L1 Merit

E

L1 Pass

F

Units Studied

R081 – Pre-production Skills: In this unit pupils learn how to create pre-production documents such as storyboards, mood boards, scripts, mind maps and work plans. This unit is assessed by examination. In the exam students are asked to assess and create pre-production documents.

R082 – Creating Digital Graphics: In this unit students learn the fundamentals of creating digital graphics. Most students will use Adobe Photoshop to complete their work. This important skill is also used in several other units. It is assessed upon the coursework completed during the unit.

R085 – Creating a Multi-Page Website: In this unit students learn about how web pages are designed and constructed. They use software such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Serif WebPlus to create a website for a music festival. The unit is assessed upon the coursework completed during the unit.

R086 – Creating a Digital Animation: In this unit students create graphics and animate them. They learn about frame-based animation and use software such as Adobe Flash or Serif DrawPlus to create their animation. The unit is assessed upon the coursework completed during the unit.