The Key Stage 3 ICT curriculum enables students to learn skills through “real life” application. Modules taught include the use of presentation, modelling, database, presentation software and the development of graphic and computing skills. By the end of the Key Stage all students should be competent and confident users of ICT.
Topics covered include:
Year 7: Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly, html and website development, Spreadsheet Modelling, Control systems with Flowol, Games programming with Scratch, Introduction to Python, BBC MicroBit
Year 8: Computer Graphics, Cybercrime and cyber security, Understanding computers, Networks, Computational thinking, Graphics, Games programming with Stencil.
LiBF Certificate in Financial Education Level 2
The course specification can be found here: https://www.libf.ac.uk/study/financial-capability/qualifications/cefe—the-certificate-in-financial-education
The Financial Education qualification provides students with an important understanding of the methods of managing money and how the economy works. There are two multiple choice tests followed by a 1 hour written exam.
BCS ECDL for schools
The course specification can be found here: http://www.bcs.org/content/ConMediaFile/26210
ECDL is a vocational qualification that teaches young people how to use IT software applications confidently and effectively. Its hands-on delivery engages with students at all levels – encouraging productivity, creativity and soft skills like communication and problem-solving across the curriculum.
OCR GCSE Computer Science
The course specification can be found here
The specification is split into three components:
Component 01 – Computer Systems Component 01 focuses on Computer. It is an examined unit and makes up 40% of the assessment total.
Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Component 02 is a written exam, focused on computational thinking and algorithms. Students will be tested on the elements of computational thinking and logic. They are principally assessed as to their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms.
Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment). 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. The programming project will call on you to design, code and test solutions to tasks using the programming language Python.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in ICT. Students in year 13 follow the Single A Level Equivalent Introductory Diploma in IT.
Further course and unit information can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals-it-level-3-certificate-introductorydiploma-diploma-subsidary-diploma-extended-diploma-05347-05349-05352-05355-05358/
Units that will be studied are: Communication and employability skills for IT, Information systems, Interactive media authoring, Spreadsheet design, Computer animation, Website production, Client side customisation of web pages, 2D Animation Production
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in ICT. Students in year 12 follow the Single A Level Equivalent Extended Certificate in IT.
Further course and unit information can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/258714-centre-handbook-certificates.pdf
Units that will be studied are: Fundamentals of IT, Global information, Cyber security, Product development and Internet of Everything.
An after school computing club will be offered to students. The students learn how to programme the computers and work in a cross age group collaborative environment.