Head of Subject: Mrs M Anderson
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught Computing in mixed ability classes and are taught Computing for 1 hour a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.
At Key Stage 4 students have 3 hours a week working towards one GSCE qualification. The subjects that are delivered are:
- Computer Science as a GCSE and this is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. They follow the AQA GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science 8520. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11.
- iMedia is a vocational qualification that is a GCSE equivalent . They will be awarded a grade Level 2 Distinction* – Level 1 Pass following their GCSE examinations in the Summer of Year 11.
- Business Studies is a GCSE (9-1) they follow WJEC Eduqas which is a linear qualification consisting of two examinations in the Summer of Y11.
- Childcare is a vocational qualification that is a GCSE equivalent they follow the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Technical Award in Child Development and care. They will be awarded a grade Level 2 Distinction – Pass following their GCSE examinations in the Summer of Y11.
All students have Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.
Overview of the ICT Curriculum
The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 are outlined in the table below:
|Year||Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|7||Software Introduction||Computational Thinking||PC Basics||Programming – HTML||E-Safety||E-Safety|
|8||Software Introduction||Computational Thinking||HTML and CSS Websites||Programming – Microbit||E-Safety||E-Safety|
|9||Software Introduction||Computational Thinking||Back to the Future||Data Representation||E-Safety||E-Safety|
GCSE Exam Board Specifications
At GCSE student follow the AQA L1/2 GCSE in Computer Science. The specification code is 8520. Click here to view the GCSE specification
The specification code for iMedia for current Year 11 and Year 10 students is J817. Click here to view the GCSE specification
The specification for Business Studies for current Year 10 students. Click here to view the GCSE specification
The specification for Childcare for current Year 10 students. Click here to view the GCSE specification