- KS3 – Computer Science, ICT & Digital Literacy
- KS4 – Computer Science GCSE
- KS4 – Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia
- KS4 – Enterprise BTEC
- KS4 – Travel & Tourism BTEC
KS3 Computer Science Topics Covered:
- Year 7 – 1 period of Computing including an introduction to computer systems, spreadsheet software, a programming language and e-safety
- Year 8 – 1 period of Computing building on the knowledge from Year 7, students study e-safety, another programming language, hardware and software systems and computer game design
- Year 9 – 1 period of Computing. Students will study a third programming language and more advanced concepts of Computer Science and continue to consider e-safety
Options Offered at the end of Year 9
GCSE Computer Science
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Exams: 2
Paper 1: Computer Systems – 50%
In this unit students will learn a range of computer science theory including systems architecture; memory; storage; wired and wireless networks; network topologies, protocols and layers; system security; system software; and legal, ethical and environmental concerns.
Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming 50%
In this unit students will learn a range of programming skills including: algorithms; programming techniques; producing robust programs; computational logic; translators and facilities of languages; and data representation.
Controlled Assessment: Programming Project
This assessment is completed over a period of 20 hours and involves learners coding a computer system based on a brief provided by the exam board. Learners will be expected to showcase their skills at: programming techniques; analysis; design; development; testing; evaluation and forming conclusions.
Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia
Exam Board: OCR Cambridge Nationals
No. of Exams: 1
R081: Pre-production skills – Written exam 1hr 15 mins 25%
This unit will enable students to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
R082: Creating digital graphics – Coursework assessed task 25%
The aim of this unit is for students to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation.
R085: Creating a multipage website Coursework assessed task 25%
This unit will enable students to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable them to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website.
R092: Developing digital games Coursework assessed task 25%
This unit will enable students to understand the basics of creating digital games and their environments for the creative and digital media sector. It will enable them to create a playable game from an existing design or brief.
Exam Board: Edexcel
No. of exams: 1
Unit 1: Exam – Promotion and Finance for Enterprise
Learners will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.
Unit 2: Exploring Enterprises
Learners will examine different enterprises to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs.
Unit 3: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity
Learners will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch.
BTEC Travel and Tourism
Exam Board: Edexcel
No. of exams: – 1 Exam (25%), 3 classroom based assessments (75%)
Unit 1 UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – 25% Class based assessment
You will learn about popular UK travel and tourism destinations and investigate how different destinations appeal to different visitor types.
Unit 2 International Travel and Tourism Destinations – 25% Class based assessment
You will learn about popular international travel and tourism destinations and plan holidays for different visitor types.
Unit 3 Customer Service in the Travel and Tourism Sector – 25% Class based assessment
You will learn about the importance of customer service and investigate good practice in the travel and tourism sector.