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ICT

ICT is an optional subject at Key Stage 4 where students have three periods of lessons a week following the WJEC GCSE course. ICT is taught throughout Key Stage 3 where each student has one lesson a week following the national curriculum.

At Key Stage 5 we offer level 3 BTEC extended certificate computing courses at level 3.

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 1

Aims of the course:

Students in year 7 and 8 will explore computer science and ICT side by side. ICT and computing are two different areas which are linked together. For the ICT section of the curriculum, students will become proficient in office software, word processing and also learn about the importance of E-safety. The rest of the curriculum is dedicated to computing, and students will have the opportunity to learn how to code, and will be using new technologies such as the Micro Bit provided by the BBC to practice their skills.

The key stage 3 curriculum prepares students for ICT at key stage 4 by giving students the basic skill set that is needed for further study, and showcases the different ways that ICT can be used to create, research and discover. ICT is a dynamic and ever changing subject as the technologies we use change so rapidly, it can be an exciting and challenging option for key stage 4.

 

Term by term content:

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Introduction to ICT

Computer Systems

Term 3

Term 4

Kodu Programming

E-Safety

Term 5

Term 6

AppShed

Spreadsheets

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Computer Systems

Christmas pantomime

Term 3

Term 4

Teams and Bands

Python Programming

Term 5

Term 6

Horror Castle Concert

Scratch

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Computer systems

Python Programming

Term 3

Term 4

Spreadsheet modelling

Data security and encryption

Term 5

Term 6

Ethical issues of ICT

Musical Festival

Opportunities for further study:

Students are encouraged to explore and expand their skills through open source software. There is also the opportunity for students to develop their computing skills through downloading Scratch and the sound software audacity.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: KS3 ICT Study Guide
Retail Price: £4.70
ISBN Number: 1841462918
Web link to purchase: Amazon

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: GCSE IT

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: WJEC

Specification Code: 2650

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims of the course:

The specification in ICT enables leaners to:

  • Become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society.
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts.
  • Develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems.
  • Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact.
  • Develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT.
  • Recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice.
  • Develop the skills to work collaboratively.

This specification in ICT requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Current and emerging technologies and their impact on individuals, organisations and society.
  • A range of ICT tools and techniques and the ways they are used in different contexts to develop ideas and solve problems.
  • Legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of the use of ICT for individuals, organisations and society, issues of risk, safety, security and responsible use of ICT.
  • Collaborative working.

This specification in ICT requires learners to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think creatively, logically and critically.
  • Select, use and integrate ICT tools and techniques to meet needs.
  • Find, select and evaluate information for its relevance, value, accuracy and plausibility.
  • Manipulate and process data and other information, sequence instructions, model situations and explore ideas.
  • Communicate data and information in a form fit for purpose and audience.
  • Adopt safe, secure and responsible practice when using ICT.
  • Develop appropriate and effective ICT-based solutions in a range of contexts.
  • Evaluate their own and others' use of ICT.

Entry Requirements:

Prior knowledge of ICT and good progress at Key Stage 3

Course Structure:

Unit 1: Understanding ICT - 20%
External Assessment: 1.5 Hour Exam

Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT - 30%
Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: ICT in Organisations - 20%
External Assessment: 1.5 Hours Exam

Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions - 30%
Controlled Assessment

Assessment & Examinations:

The course in linear in format which means both of the exams will be taken at the end of year 11. This exam is externally assessed. The two controlled assessments are assessed internally and are then verified externally through exam board sampling. Unit 2 will be completed in year 10, with Unit 4 being completed in Year 11.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: GCSE Computer Science

Qualification: GCSE

Examination Board: WJEC

Specification Code: 2650

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 3

Aims and learning outcomes of the course:

This specification in Computer Science requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: 
• how computer systems work, including the functions of their individual components 
• methods of storage and their suitability for different tasks 
• types of memory and their functions 
• the functions of operating systems and utility programs 
• how the Internet and other communication networks function 
• the relevance of different number systems in computing 
• the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental implications of computer use 
• current and emerging technologies This specification in ICT requires learners to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

This specification in Computer Science requires learners to demonstrate the ability to: 
• think creatively, innovatively, analytically, algorithmically, logically and critically 
• show that they can follow a brief to meet requirements 
• use computational thinking to design, create and develop their own programming solution to a problem 
• manipulate data, sequence instructions, test designs and explore ideas 
• adopt safe, secure and responsible practice when using computers 
• evaluate and improve systems they have created as well as those of others Think creatively, logically and critically.

Entry Requirements:

Prior knowledge of ICT and Computer Science and good progress at Key Stage 3

Assessment & Examinations:

Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science  45%

External Assessment: 1½ hours 90 Marks (90 UMS)

This examination will assess understanding of the theory content of the specification with a mixture of short, medium and longer answer questions.

Unit 2: Solving Problems Using Computers 30%

External Assessment: 2 hours 30 Marks (60 UMS)

This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding.

Unit 3: Developing Computing Solutions 25%

Controlled Assessment: 15 hours 50 Marks (50 UMS)

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.


Controlled Assessment

The course in linear in format which means both of the exams will be taken at the end of year 11. This exam is externally assessed. The two controlled assessments are assessed internally and are then verified externally through exam board sampling.

Term by term content:

 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

Computer systems

Unit 2 – Controlled Assessment – Files and Documents

Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment 2 – Research and Design

Term 2

Python Programming

Modelling using spreadsheets and form design

Design and create graphical images

Term 3

Spreadsheet modelling

Data Handling and evaluation

Design and create sound

Term 4

Data security and encryption

Unit 3 - Encoding

Evaluation and testing

Term 5

Ethical issues of ICT

Network Management

Revision and Exams

Term 6

Musical Festival

Social and Environmental Impact

Revision and Exams

Opportunities for further study:

Students are encouraged to expand their knowledge and skills outside of the classroom. Opportunities for students to develop their practical skills can be found using the code academy link bellow. The knowledge of theory can be expanded by using the revision guides listed below and through the websites mentioned.

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:
Web link to resources: WJEC Computer Science