Computing/ICT

 

  Head of Department: Mr W Maddock

  maddockw@maghullhigh.com

 Overview

In the Computer Science & ICT Department we want all student to have an understanding the role that Computer Science and ICT play in modern life. We want to allow all students to achieve regardless of interests which is why we cover both creative software uses and technical aspects. We are committed to giving all student the necessary skills and understanding to allow them to operate safely in a digital age so ensure all years have experience of e-safety with advice and tips being practical to enable students to make the right choices. All of our topics have a strong focus of digital literacy to ensure they can apply what they learn across the curriculum and into later life. 

Aims of the Department

•To help pupils to understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication

•To equip our pupils with the skills to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

•To help pupils evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

•To teach pupils to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Outside of the classroom

A Computer Club runs each Friday Lunchtime, and while this is run by staff members the focus is on independent learning and exploration.

Each year the department looks for new and recurring opportunities for the students have experiences outside of the curriculum and this has taken the form of visits, national competitions, visiting workshops and talks from professionals

Key Stage 3

In Years 7-9, we prepare students for a digital life and ensure we cover the 3 main strands of the computer studies curriculum – creative, technical and digital literacy. It is important for pupils to learn the key skills and then build on them as they progress through the years. It is important to the department that everything we teaches helps to expand the experiences of our students.

Pupils will learn about:

Year 7- E-safety Game Design, Hardware, Software, Networking, Internet, Web Design, Data Modelling

Year 8 – E-safety, Animations, Multimedia Production, Algorithms, Coding for Websites, Text Based Programming

Year 9 – E-safety, User Interface design, algorithm and programming, Data representation, Digital Skills 

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, students have to opportunity to choose to study a qualification in ICT and Computer Science. Each of the course we offer are carefully considered to ensure they provide the students with the best possible experience and the balanced skills need to succeed after completion. Currently we offer the BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology for students opting for ICT and GCSE Computer Science for students who opt for that. 

ICT – BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology, is for learners who want to develop technical knowledge and skills through vocational contexts. This means you will be creating solutions to problems using a variety of skills and software. The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. You will be studying all aspects of IT such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data. You will also be taught about the iterative design process, cyber security, and virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct.

What will I Study?

The course is made up of three components, two of which are internally marked (coursework) and one component which is externally marked (exam). Your internally marked work will be marked by your teacher and then checked by an external moderator. Each of the coursework components are worth 30% of the final grade and the exam is 40% of the final grade.

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques – Internal Assessment (GLH 36)

Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data – Internal Assessment (GLH 36)

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices – External Assessment (GLH 48)

How am I graded?

Grading is done using Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* - where the grade is level 1 means it is below the equivalent grade 4 and level 2is equivalent to grade 4 or higher

Computer Science – GCSE OCR

Do you want to future proof your skills? Do you like to learn new things and be challenged? Then think about Computer Science. If you enjoy problem solving, and you are interested in learning to create programs and apps, this is the course for you. Many aspects of computer science involve similar skills and understanding to           mathematics, so ideally you will be someone who enjoys and has a good ability in maths. 

What will I Study?

In OCR GCSE Computer Science you will learn how a computer system works, and how it is constructed and programmed to follow instructions. You will learn how to code in a real world language and make your own programs to solve problems. The qualification has a real focus on computational thinking, helping you to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so.  Some of the topics you will cover are: Programming Languages; Algorithms; Binary and hexadecimal; Problem Solving; Computer hardware; Computer Software; Networks; System Security; Ethical, Cultural and Environmental Concerns

J276/01: External exam Computer Systems (50%)

J276/02:  External exam Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (50%)

J276/03/04: Programming project

How am I graded?

Grading is done using the new 1-9 system with grade 8 and 9 the equivalent to the old A* and grade 4 the equivalent to the old grade C.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13, students have to opportunity to choose to study a qualification in ICT and Computer Science. Each of the course we offer are carefully considered to ensure they provide the students with the best possible experience and the balanced skills to succeed after completion. Currently we offer the BTEC National Certificate in Information Technology for students opting for ICT and GCE Computer Science for students who opt for that. 

ICT – BTEC National Certificate in Information Technology

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

What will I Study?

The course is made up of four units, two of which are internally marked (coursework) one of them is mandatory while the other unit can be chosen from two optional units. The two externally assessed units are made up of an exam and a controlled assessment. Your internally marked work will be marked by your teacher and then checked by an external moderator.

Unit 1: Information Technology Systems – Exam (GLH 120)

Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information – Controlled Assessment (GLH 90)

Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business – Internal Assessment (GLH 90)

Option Units – 1 of the 2 below units

Unit 5: Data Modelling – Internal Assessment (GLH 60)

Unit 6: Website Development – Internal Assessment (GLH 60)

How am I graded?

Grading is done using Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* 

Computer Science – GCSE OCR

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism. The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop: An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation; The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so; The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically; The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science.

What will I Study?

Learners must take three components (01, 02 and 03) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Computer Science. In component 01 the learners will cover, The characteristics of contemporary processors input, output and storage devices; Software and software development; Exchanging data; Data types, data structures and algorithms; Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues. In component 02 the learners will cover, Elements of computational thinking; Problem solving and programming; Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms. For component 03 the learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification. To complete the project, the learners will need to complete 4 sections, Analysis of the problem; Design of the solution; Developing the solution; Evaluation

H446/01: Computer Systems – Exam 140 Marks (40%)

H446/02: Algorithms and programming – Exam 140 Marks (40%)

H446/03: Programming project – NEA 70 Marks (20%)

How am I graded?

Grading is done using the A-E system.

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