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ICT Computer Science

Introduction to the Subject & Team

The BICTE faculty is staffed by a supportive, creative and imaginative team of teachers. The BICTE Leadership Team consists of the following staff:

Mr R Rhodes

Mr Robert Rhodes

(rrhodes@ossettacademy.co.uk)

CTL for Business, IT, Media, Economics & Computer Science

Mrs L Millington

Mrs Lee Millington

(lmillington@ossettacademy.co.uk)

Deputy CTL for Media, IT & Computer Science

Our vision is to ensure all students reach their potential across the host of subjects on offer in the BICTE faculty. This can be through the use of practical, taught and real life experience. Students will be supported throughout their learning journey by caring, supportive teachers who will guide them towards success.

Course Content at Key Stage 3

Students receive a one-hour lesson of Computing & IT per week.

 

Year 7 & 8

Students will start the year focusing on the safe use of IT and completing a series of lessons based around E-Safety. During year 7 and 8, students will be introduced to a range of exciting and engaging topics, including basic programming, games development, website creation, control, DTP, spreadsheets and graphics. The learning undertaken will provide the platform for KS4 IT and Computer Science.

 

Course Content at Key Stage 4

Year 9, 10 & 11 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

Exam board/Specification: OCR

 

Assessment and examinations:

The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

R081: Pre-production skills – Written paper (25%)

R082: Creating digital graphics – Centre assessed tasks (25%)

R085: Creating a multipage website – Centre assessed tasks (25%)

R087: Creating interactive multimedia products – Centre assessed tasks (25%)

These qualifications will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use.  They will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. The qualifications will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.

 

Year 9, 10 & 11 Computer Science

Exam Board/Specification: OCR

Assessment and Examinations:

Paper 1 (40% of the overall grade) – Computer Systems

Paper 2 (40 % of the overall grade) –  Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Coursework (20 % of the overall grade) – Programming Project

 

For students in Year 10 they will follow the new ‘reformed’ GCSE with grades 1-9

The paper 1 component will introduce students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It is expected that students will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science.

The paper 2 component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in the subject content learned for paper 1, encouraging learners to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Students will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Students will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

The coursework component – OCR will issue three assessment tasks at the start of year 11.

Career Opportunities and Progression within the Subject

Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

This qualification provides a broad and solid foundation for further study of various aspects of creative computing, such as graphic design, web design and interactive media.

It supports progress to further study, including:

  • GCE in Media: Communication and Production
  • Level 3 in Creative Media Production & IT

It also enhances young people’s overall digital literacy and gives them a solid foundation for further study and employment.

 

Computer Science

The specification provides progression from key stage 3 studies by building on the knowledge and skills taught and will provide excellent progression to ‘A’ level Computer Science, vocational courses and on to degree level courses in the areas of Computing, Engineering and Science. Whilst this specification is not specifically mapped to any particular industry standard IT qualifications, it will provide a sound preparatory basis of study for them. The course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding. As you can see, GCSE Computer Science is not just for people wanting a career in the IT and computing industry – the skills and techniques you learn can be useful in any workplace. The creative and technical skills you learn are relevant to a host of careers in a range of sectors, from arts and graphics-based roles, through to engineering, finance and business.

How Parents Can Support Learning

  • Children will have a wide range of resources available on the School VTLE page for you to review and provide support.
  • Take an interest in your child’s homework and ensure that they are spending an appropriate amount of time on it.
  • Encourage your child if possible to practise the skills that have been developed in their lessons.
  • During exam season, help them to create a revision timetable which includes specific revision activities to complete. Your child’s class teacher can give them guidance on this.
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