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ICT/Computer Science

Head of Computing & KS3 ICT: Mr S Maher

Lead Practitioner Information Technology & e-Learning: Mr R Chambers

Key Stage 3

In KS3, students will learn how to structure ICT projects, using design, implementation and evaluation. They will look at various skills and techniques and complete projects in many different areas including Data, Graphics, Presentation, Sequencing, Control and the fundamentals of Programming.                          

Key Stage 4

Year 11

Students work towards the CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications) in ICT. They will study ICT skills which will assess their ability to use ICT through the creation of digital graphics including: video; audio, animation and web based products. Students will access a range of software packages including: Serif Web Plus; Serif Draw Plus; PowerPoint; Audacity, Publisher and Fireworks.

The course is assessed in two parts. 75% of the final grade is assessed through a project which is based around the topic of Creative Multimedia, in which pupils work through a scenario: planning; producing and evaluating work that is assessed internally, then moderated externally. The assessment for the project will be conducted in exam conditions across 30 hours which will be split up into shorter sessions throughout Year 10 and the first part of Year 11. The second part of the course (25%) is assessed in the form of a 2 and a half hour on screen exam called Developing Web Products where the students are required to create a website to a given brief. Pupils are prepared for this in Year 11 by completing various practice assessments using the Serif Web Plus software.

Years 9 and 10

Year 10 students will be studying the OCR iMedia course. Students will study ICT skills which will assess their ability to use ICT through the creation of digital graphics as well as learn how pre-production documents are created. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products including graphics, animation and video.

The course is assessed in 4 parts, 3 coursework units which make up 75% of the overall grade; 2 of which will be assessed in year 11 and one in year 10 which will be based around creating digital graphics. There is also a written exam which makes up the final 25% of the course this is 1 hour 15-minute written paper based around pre-production skills and planning which will be sat in the January of year 10.

In Year 9 students will compete a base line year where they will have the opportunity to complete practice assessments in order to enhance their skills set when using the digital software packages as well as learning about the planning processes involved in pre-production. The rationale behind this preparation is to ensure students are better prepared for the assessments that they will complete in Years 10 and 11 moving forward.

Key Stage 5

For ICT we run the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology which is 58% External Assessment 42% internal Assessment across the 2 years. This assessment consistent of 1 internal coursework unit and 1 externally assessed controlled assessment / exam in each of the 2 years. In Year 12 we complete a piece of internal assessment called Social Media for Business which involved setting up and running a social media site for a small local business as well as a unit called creating systems to manage information which is assessed via a 10 hour on screen controlled assessment . In Year 13 we will complete anther internal assessment as well as a formal written exam which is based around ICT theory.

Computer Science Key Stage 4

Sir Christopher Hatton was among the first schools to offer GCSE computing when it was piloted for the first time two years ago. Following its success, we now offer GCSE computing as a full course. Students will learn about the inner workings of a computer and how processors work. They will learn to program in both a command line and a graphical environment, and will produce programs to solve problems. The course uses the OCR specification and uses the new 9-1 assessment scale and students assessed by both controlled assessments (20%) and an 2 examinations (40% each). The first examination looks at the hardware and theory of computer Science. The second looks at use of algorithms and problem solving.

Key Stage 5

Sir Christopher Hatton has been offering the A level in computer science for almost 10 years and as such has immense experience in delivering the content. Our subject specialists are ready to guide students through the skill building of computer programming and the technical details in the theories that underpin computer science.  We use the new AQA specification with AS exams at the end of Year 12 and then terminal exams in Year 13 for the A Level that covers both years.  In Year 12 there are two exams, each worth 50%. The first tests students ability to program in an online exam and the second their knowledge of the theory.  In Year 13 the same exams drop to 40% each and the final 20% comes from their programming project.