ICT & Computing

(Cambridge Nationals in ICT – Creative Strand)

Contact: Mr G Gray, Subject Leader of ICT

Introduction:

From personal computers to smartphones, from apps to websites, all of our lives, every day, are enhanced through the use of ICT. The NEW OCR Nationals in ICT reflect this and will provide students with a solid foundation in understanding and applying this subject.

What will it be like:

Two core units will be delivered: Unit 1-Understanding computer systems, and Unit 2-Using ICT to create a business solution. After this, two optional units will be delivered from a choice of four:
  • Creating an interactive, multimedia product.
  • Creating digital images.
  • Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
  • Understanding technology – a self-managed project looking at 21st century emerging technologies.

Areas of study will include:

  • Understanding of computer systems and the implications of working with data.
  • Website design.
  • Multimedia design.
  • Digital imaging.
  • Sound and video.
Up-to-date, professional standard software will be used to deliver the
units.

Assessment:

The majority of pupils work is assessed in-house and externally moderated and verified. In addition, there will now be an externally assessed unit in the form of an exam. This may count for 20% of the final grade. Two awards are available; Award and Certificate.

Beyond Year 11:

Industry standard software is used throughout, giving a firm base for future development, either in employment or for further study.
 
 

 

Computing (GCSE in Computing)

Contact: Mr G Gray, Subject Leader of ICT

Introduction:

In terms of computers and what they can do, Computing is the new kid on the block. Do not let that put you off though! If you have an interest in how computers work and want to learn to program, then this is the choice for you. This is a demanding, academic subject and part of the EBACC group of qualifications. Pupils choosing Computing must have a strong maths base knowledge, expecting a good Level 5 at KS3 and good science grades.

What will it be like:

There are three core areas to the course:
  • Computer Systems and programming: Learn all about computers and how they work. You will look at Binary code, computer hardware and software, and how programs are executed. (1.5hr exam)
  • Practical Investigation: Investigate a particular area of computing and complete a series of tasks. (20hr controlled assessment)
  • Programming Project: Pupils will be expected to complete a programming task set by the exam board. (20hr Controlled Assessment)

Areas of study will include:

  • Developing computer programs to solve problems.
  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs.
  • Acquiring and applying creative and technical skills of IT in a range of contexts.
  • Developing an understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.
  • Becoming independent and discerning users of IT.

Assessment:

There will be two controlled assessments of 20 hrs. each, worth 60% of the overall grade. These will allow pupils to investigate specific areas of computer programming. There is also a final exam that covers computer systems and programming, the exam is 1.5 hrs long and worth 40% of the final grade.

Beyond Year 11:

The GCSE in computing will provide a firm foundation for future employment in software development. Future study at Level 3 in Computer Science will enhance this knowledge.