Computing Key Stage 4 - St Peter's Church of England Aided School Exeter, Devon, UK

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The Computing options are GCSE Computer Science – OCR exam board or BTEC Tech Award Digital IT.

Year 9

Year 9

 

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Digital IT

In year 9 students work on Component 1- Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques. This includes investigating user interface design for individuals and organisations, using project planning techniques to plan and design a user interface and to develop and review a user interface. This element of the course is coursework based and assessed in school, then moderated externally.

 

OCR GCSE Computer Science

 

In year 9 students will start programming using Python. This is a language they will have used in years 7 and 8 and encouraged to use at home. Students will also learn the content for the computational thinking exam which will also aid their controlled assessment. Units this year include:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation
  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

 

Year 10

Year 10

 

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Digital IT

In year 10 students work on Component 2- Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data. This includes investigating the role and impact of using data on individuals and organisations, creating a dashboard using data manipulation tools and drawing conclusions and reviewing data presentation methods. This element of the course is coursework based and assessed in school, then moderated externally.

OCR GCSE Computer Science

In year 10 students will focus on the theory units so they can understand the reasoning behind the programming elements for the later years of their GCSE. The topics included in this year are:

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Year 11

Year 11

 

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Digital IT

In year 11 students work on Component 3 – Effective Digital  Working Practices. This includes learning about modern technologies and their impact on organisations, threats to digital systems and how an organisation can manage them, responsible, legal and ethical use of data and planning and communication in digital systems. This element of the course is an externally set exam.

OCR GCSE Computer Science

In year 11 students will consolidate all they have learnt over the past 4 years. The controlled assessment will take place early in year 11 to ensure there is plenty of time to revise for the two written exams in the summer term. At this stage students will feel very confident with both theory and programming.

Assessment

Computer Systems Written Exam – 50%

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming Written Exam – 50%

Programming Project – 20 hours Controlled Assessment – not included in the final qualification grade

 

 

 

 

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