Computing & ICT

The IT Department aims to encourage students to become independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use and are aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society.

The IT Department aims to encourage students to:

  • become independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use and are 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 the social and comercial impact of these technologies;
  • 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 needed to work collaboratively; and
  • evaluate ICT-based solutions.

 

 

A2 Computer Science

Head of Department:

Mr D Armstrong


Course Outline: (A-Level)

 H446/01:  Computer Systems   2.5hr paper - 140 marks   External Assessment   (40% A-Level)
 H446/02:  Algorithms and Programming   2.5hr paper - 140 marks   External Assessment   (40% A-Level)
 H446/03:   Programming Project   Non-Exam - 70 Marks   Internal   (20% A-Level)

Coursework:

Year 13 and 14: - H446/03: Programing Project - This unit will involve candidates producing a detailed project. The project will require candidates to identify and research a realistic problem for which there must be a real end user. Candidates should select a problem to be solved and not a project to complete. The problem should be of a substantial nature and should support the integration of the various skills and concepts developed during this course.


Study / Homework Requirements:

  • Most coursework will be done in class time with a lot of research work being carried out at home;
  • Generally there will be one homework a week (not necessarily written);
  • Use of internet and newspapers to research new developments.

Key Points to Success:

  • Keeping to all deadlines;
  • Reading and watching for changes in ICT/Computing;
  • Asking questions;
  • A computer at home is helpful but not essential.

 

A2 ICT

Head of Department:

Mr D Armstrong

 

Course Outline: (A-Level)

 AS 1:  Components of ICT:  2hr Paper  External Examination  60% of AS, 30% of A-Level
 AS 2:  Developing ICT Solutions:  2 Compulsory Tasks  Internal Assessment  40% of AS, 20% of A-Level
 A2 1:  Information Systems:  2hr Paper  External Examination  30% of A-Level
 A2 2:  Approaches to Systems Development:  Project  Internal Assessment  20% of A-Level

 

Assessment:

The Scheme of Assessment consists of:

1. Homework - ususally 1 per week;
2. 3 Assessment Test over Year 13 and 2 over Year 14;
3. Coursework in each year:
AS - 2 Elements -
1. Database
2. Website
A2 - Solving a Problem via a Database

AS Coursework:

1 - Data Processing Task (60 Marks)

This task requires the candidate to use an appropriate software package to solve a realistic problem. The package should provide various software tools to produce solutions to a variety of data processing problems. Candidates may use any suitable software package that is capable of supporting the majority of skills from the checklist required to complete this task. Start September 2015.

2 - Multimedia Task (60 Marks)

This task requires the candidate to use an appropriate software package(s) to design a multimedia solution for a realistic problem. These should provide various software tools to create the main package and also to create and edit media in the form of graphics, animation and sound. Start October 2015.

A2 Coursework:

Solving a problem via a Database:- Enhance Year 13 Data processing Task to a suitable A2 standard.

Study/Homework Requirements:

* Most coursework will be done in class time with a lot of research work being carried out at home;
* Generally there will be one homework a week not necessarily written;
* Use of internet and newspapers to research new developments.

Key Points to Success:

* Keeping to all deadlines;
* Reading and watching for changes in ICT;
* Asking questions;
* A computer at home is helpful but not essential.

 

GCSE Computing

Head of Department:

Mr D Armstrong


Assessment:

The Scheme of Assessment consists of:

1. Homework usually 1 per week
2. 3 Assessment Tests over Year 11 and 2 over Year 12
3. 2 Controlled Assessments completed in Year 12 -
1 - Practical Investigation 30%
2 - Programming Project 30%

Coursework:

Controlled Assessment 1:

Candidates will be expected to produce a report which will then be assessed under the four headings:
  • Practical Activity;
  • Effectiveness and effieciency of the solution;
  • Technical understanding;
  • Testing, evaluation, judgements and conclusions.
The finished work will be assessed according to a best fit approach to the marking criteria.

 

Controlled Assessment 2:

Candidates will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the stated problem then code their solutions in a suitable programming language. The solutions must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem using a suitable test plan with appropriate test data. The code must be suitably annotated to describe the process. Test results should be annotated to show how these relate to the code, the test plan and the original problem.

 

Candidates will need to provide an evaluation of their solution based on the test evidence.

 

Study/Homework Requirements:

  • Most coursework will be done in class time with some research work being carried out at home.
  • Generally there will be one homework a week not necessarily written.
  • Use of internet and newspapers to research new developments.

 

Key Points to Success:

  • Keeping to all deadlines;
  • Reading and watching for changes in Computing;
  • Asking Questions
  • A Computer at home is helpful but not essential.

 

GCSE ICT

Head of Department:

Mr D Armstrong


Course Outline:

a) One terminal written examination (40%)
b) Coursework units made up of two controlled assignments (60%)

Assessment:

The Scheme of Assessment consists of:

1. Homework usually 1 per week

2. 3 Assessment tests over Year 11 and 2 over Year 12

3. 3 Pieces of coursework in each year.

Year 11: Unit 1 - Tools and Applications - 30%
Year 12: Unit 2 - Using Multimedia and Games Technology - 30%

Coursework:

Unit 1: Communications software (Use of the Internet and emailing)
  • Presentation Package
  • Database
  • Spreadsheets
  • Word-processing
Task will be a controlled assessment task to start September 2014.

Unit 2:
  • Use of Graphics
  • Use of Digital Video and Sound
  • Games Technology
  • Web Design
Task will be a controlled assessment task to start September 2015.

Study/Homework Requirements:

  • Most coursework will be done in class time with some research work being carried out at home;
  • Generally there will be one homework a week not necessarily written;
  • Use of internet and newspapers to research new developments.

Key Points to Success:

  • Keeping to all deadlines;
  • Reading and watching for changes in ICT;
  • Asking Questions;
  • A Computer at home is helpful but not essential