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Computing & IT

Key Stage 3

An exciting Computing scheme of work is delivered at Key Stage 3.

Year 7

The students will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Computers.
  • Binary number representation.
  • Basic Spreadsheets.
  • User Interfaces.
  • Scratch programming.

Year 8

The students will cover the following topics:

  • Advanced Scratch Programming.
  • User Interfaces.
  • Spreadsheet Modelling.
  • Basic Databases.
  • Cloud Computing.
  • E-safety.

Year 9

The students will cover the following topics:

  • Exploring User Interfaces.
  • Security Data Threats.
  • Advanced Spreadsheets.
  • Advanced Databases.
  • Interface Project.

    Computinghomework.com
    Homework will be set every lesson through www.computinghomework.com website. To log-in follow the below steps:

    Enter the school’s postcode SS3 9LL (with a space)
    Enter your school computer login: E.g. 20JoeSmith (no spaces)
    Enter the password: Password (capital P)

    If you experience any problems logging in or submitting homework, in the first instance speak to your Computing teacher or a member of the Computing Department.

Key Stage 4

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

Component 1 – Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.

Students will:

  • Explore user interface design and development principles.
  • Discover how to develop and review a digital user interface.
  • Investigate how to use project-planning techniques to manage a digital project.

Component 2 – collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.

Students will:

  • Explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations.
  • Develop a dashboard using data manipulation tools.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence.

Component 3 – Effective Digital Working Practices

This unit is a scenario-based external assessment where students demonstrate their knowledge to propose digital solutions to realistic situations.

Students will:

  • Explore how modern information technology is evolving.
  • Understand what cyber security is and how to safeguard against it.
  • Consider legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing.

Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction into 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.

Year 12

Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the structure of data, its origins and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database.
  • Examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system.
  • Test your solution to ensure it works correctly.
  • Evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution.

    Summary of Assessment

  • This unit is externally assessed by a task set and marked by Pearson.
  • The external assessment takes the form of two computer based practical exams: Part A 3 hour exam, Part B 2 hour exam.
  • The set task will assess a learner’s ability to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information.
  • The number of marks for the unit is 66.

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business

Learning Objectives

  • Explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes.
  • Develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives.
  • Implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others.
  • Collect data on the business use of social media.
  • Review the effectiveness of your efforts.

    Summary of Assessment

  • This unit is internally assessed by assignment briefs set by the centre.

Year 13

Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, the way systems work individually and together as well as the relationship between the user and the system.
  • Examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that these have on organisations and individuals.

    Summary of Assessment

  • This unit is externally assessed by a written examination set and marked by Pearson.
  • The examination is 2 hours in length. Learners will be assessed on their understanding of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
  • The number of marks for the unit is 90.

Unit 6 – Website Development

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles of website development.
  • Design a website to meet client requirements.
  • Develop a website to meet client requirements.

    Summary of Assessment

  • This unit is internally assessed by assignment briefs set by the centre.

    Georjean Jones     Head of Subject 

    Martin Root
    Head of Business and Computing Faculty