What you will learn in KS3
At Key Stage 3 students are tackling the new Computing Curriculum.
Students will study two text based programming languages, Small Basic and Python as well as developing an understanding of pseudo code and algorithms.
Students will learn about how computer networks operate and how different network topologies function. They will also learn how data is represented inside a computer in its various forms such as text, images and sound.
Students will discover how the hardware and software inside a computer combine. Additionally they will consider wider issues in Computing and e-safety.
What you will learn at KS4?
GCSE ICT – Edexcel
Year 11 Course
Students in GCSE ICT finalise their Unit 2 Controlled Assessment Brief which is set by the exam board. This is a series of activities and evaluations based around a scenario. The remainder of Year 11 is devoted to preparing for the Unit 1 exam. This is and external exam which is sat in May 2018 and comprises multiple choice, short and long answer questions. It is worth 40% of the overall grade. Revision guides, workbooks and past papers are issued to students in order to support them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
GSCE Computer Science – Edexcel
Year 10 Course
Students in year 10 GCSE Computer Science will be starting a new course which is 80% exam and 20% controlled assessment. The two exam based units are the Principles of Computer Science, a mixture of multiple choice, short and extended open response questions, worth 40% of the grade overall, and the Application of
Computational Thinking, based on a scenario, a mix of short and extended open response questions, also worth 40% of the overall grade. The final 20% of the course is a non-examined assessment based around programming.
Year 11 Course
Students will begin Year 11 preparing for the non-examined assessment tasks set by the exam board. The non-examined assessment will focus on student’s ability to create a program to provide a solution to a given scenario. After December students will be following a revision programme which will provide comprehensive coverage for every topic in readiness for the two examinations; Principles of Computer Science worth 40% of the grade overall, and the Application of
Computational Thinking, based on a scenario, a mix of short and extended open response questions, also worth 40% of the overall grade.