Curriculum Leader: Mr C Leeke 

Subject Leader(s):
C. Leeke (LEEKEC@sgsce.co.uk)

Fortnightly Lessons:
2 lessons

Weekly, 30 minutes

Year 7 Topics:
Theme: Always On. We learn how to stay safe in our digital world
Theme: Under the hood. We learn how a computer actually works
Theme: Logic. We learn how to sequence instructions for a computer system to follow
Theme: Scratch. We learn how to program using a visual programming language
Theme: Web Design. We learn how to communicate our ideas and personality in websites and online content
Theme: Surveying. We learn how to find things out by asking the right questions to the right people

Year 8 Topics:
Theme: Always On. We learn how to stay safe in our digital world
Theme: Bits & Binary. We learn how to count like and talk to a computer
Theme: Small Basic. We learn how to program a computer using a higher level computer language
Theme: Multimedia. We learn how to create computer games and interactive media content
Theme: Hardware. We learn how computers get connected and can communicate with each other
Theme: AppShed. We learn how to create applications for our mobiles and tablets

Useful Resources:

In year 9, students can choose a subject pathway that includes a GCSE in Computing, which is part of the highly regarded EBacc qualification. Students have 5 lessons per fortnight in dedicated IT suites. The course is challenging and offers great reward for students with a curious disposition. Saint George’s follows the OCR exam board’s GCSE Computing J275 specification using the Java computer language. In this specification, the students have to complete the following:

  • Exam (40% of the total grade) based on hardware, software, algorithms, networking, databases, data representation and calculations which is taken at the end of year 11
  • Investigation (30% of the total grade), done as a controlled assessment covering an emerging technology such as mobile or web
  • Programming project (30% of the total grade), also done as a controlled assessment covering several programming tasks that have to be completed using Java

Link: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2012/

We also have a group of students following the GCSE in Information Technology from the Edexcel Exam board

The Single Award is two units.

One exam paper worth 40% of the total marks, and one controlled assessment worth 60%.

Unit title and summary Assessment Time

allocated Weighting

UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Written paper

Externally assessed

Students have 90 minutes for the written paper


Single Award

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1.

Controlled Assessment Brief (CAB) provided by Edexcel, marked by teachers and moderated by Edexcel.

Students have 40 hours to complete the CAB 60%

Single Award

Link: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/ict/Pages/default.aspx

Why Choose Computer Science?

Advances in computing are developing at an amazing rate and transforming the way we both work and live our lives. Computer Science is very different from ICT, with a strong emphasis on computational thinking (which is a kind of reasoning used by humans and machines). The study of computation is about what can be computed (and how to do it) and what cannot currently be computed. It is not just about computers, with computation being an important life skill. Computer Science builds heavily on the programming skills / theory from GCSE and you will learn many new programming principles and techniques for developing applications, with Microsoft Visual C# as the primary language.

This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a solid foundation for further study and employment. Consider that increasingly there are very few jobs that do not involve the use of computers. Computer Science has very strong links with both A-Level Mathematics and A-Level Physics.

No-one really knows where the next few years will take us. As a computer scientist, this course will help you gain the knowledge and skills to help understand both the technology of today and the future.

More detail can be found on the official AQA website here.

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Information Technology

Due to the government redevelopment of vocational qualifications, the current ICT course offer is under review.