Computing and ICT

Computing and ICT

“Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.” – Stephen Hawking.

The Computing and ICT department at The Misbourne prides itself on being a forward-thinking department with computing at its core.   Our outstanding provision ensures that students are given a modern and vibrant learning environment.  Students are taught the principles of computing, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.  They are encouraged to experiment with software and learn transferable ICT skills.  The department also ensures that it caters to all students’ potential by offering a suite of vocational and academic courses that are fully tailored to each individual’s needs.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 7

  • E-safety
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Data representation
  • Networks: The internet
  • Computer systems: Moral, legal, and environmental concerns

Year 8

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer memory and storage
  • Computer software
  • Computational logic and Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Programming project presentation skills

Year 9

  • Programming skills – Python
  • Programming skills – SQL
  • Programming skills – Java Script
  • Programming project

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 and 11

At Key stage 4 students follow either the OCR GCSE Computer Science or the OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Level 2 course.

GCSE Computer Science

The OCR GCSE Computer Science course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works including computer programming.

The new specification is split into three components:

 

Component 01

Computer Systems

 

 

This component is focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory.

A written paper

1 hour 30-minutes

40% of total GCSE

Component 02

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

 

This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles.

A written paper

1 hour 30-minutes

40% of total GCSE

Component 03

Programming Project

 

 

This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.

20 hours

(non-exam assessment)

 

20% of total GCSE

 

 

OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT Level 2

The Level 2 OCR Cambridge Nationals course in Information Communication Technology has been developed to recognise learners’ skills, knowledge and understanding of Information and Communication Technology functions, environments and operations.

This course comprises four units.

R001: Understanding computer systems

This unit will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively.

Written paper

1 hour

R002: Using ICT to create business solutions

This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that will equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to complete tasks to meet specified business requirements in a variety of contexts.

30 hours

Controlled assessment

 

R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia

components

 

This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating interactive product.

30 hours

Controlled assessment

R007: Creating dynamic products using sound and vision

Learners will have the opportunity to learn about dynamic products such as music recordings and mixes; video/media news clips and animation for webpages before going on to create their own dynamic product.

30 hours

Controlled assessment

 

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 and 13

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

Students follow the Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner specialist pathway

This qualification aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information System. Students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations.

The course requires that 5 units are completed over 2 years.

Two Mandatory units assessed externally are:

  •  Fundamentals of IT
  • Global Information

One Mandatory unit assessed internally.

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

Optional Units

  • Cyber Security
  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Mobile Technology
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Developing a Smarter Planet
  • Internet of Everything
  • Computer Systems – Hardware
  • Computer Systems – Software
  • • Big Data Analytics

Department Staff

Mrs Ali -  (Curriculum Leader)
Mr Lyons
Mrs Russell

Homework and Assignments

Key Stage 3 – as students have only one lesson per week – homework is set at least twice per half- term.

Key Stage 4 – Students will receive homework once a week when covering theory topics. Homework will rarely be issued whilst students are completing controlled assessment.

Key Stage 5 – homework is set weekly.  Students should complete four hours per week and ensure they keep up to date with their units.

Useful Websites and Resources

http://www.ocr.org.uk

http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

https://www.codecademy.com/

http://www.teach-ict.com/

https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming