Computing and ICT

 

 

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“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 and 8)

Year 7

  • E-safety
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Computer software
  • Networks
  • Computational logic and algorithms
  • Scratch

Year 8

Video and Sound Editing Project using Microsoft Movie Maker and Audacity

Introduction to Dreamweaver and creating a basic multi page site

  • Video and sound editing project
  • Website creation
  • HTML project
  • Database project
  • Pseudocode and programming

 

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 and 11

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

50% 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

50% of total GCSE

 

ICT

Edexcel  - Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

Unit 1
Developing Web Products

 

 

This unit aims to give students the knowledge and skills they need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authorising software, multimedia asset and navigation features.
Students will demonstrate their ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination

Practical examination
2 hours 30-minutes

 

25% of final grade

Unit 3
Artwork and Imaging

This unit aims to give students the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified

purposes and audiences. Students will investigate a range of graphic products to find out how images are used to convey a particular message.

Summative project

 

75% of final grade

 

 

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)
Ms R Chaudhry
Mr Lyons

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