Subject Leader(s): C. Leeke (LEEKEC@sgsce.co.uk)
Fortnightly Lessons: 2 lessons
Homework: Milestone task involving stimulus material and self-marking tests
Year 7 Topics: Theme: Always On. We learn how to stay safe in our digital world Theme: Multimedia. We learn how to create a movie and interactive media content Theme: Web Design. We learn how to communicate our ideas and personality in websites and online content 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
Year 8 Topics: Theme: Small Basic. We learn how to program a computer using a higher level computer language Theme: Bits & Binary. We learn how to count like and talk to a computer Theme: Under the hood. We learn how a computer actually works Theme: Always On 2. We revise how to stay safe in our digital world Theme: Hardware. We learn how computers get connected and can communicate with each other Useful Resources: https://saintgeorgescofe.edmodo.com/ https://scratch.mit.edu/ https://lightbot.com/ http://www.wufoo.com/ http://smallbasic.com/ http://www.neuroproductions.be/logic-lab/ http://www.serif.com/ http://www.mrgober.com/games/game.php?id=273
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 J276 (9-1) specification using a computer language like Java or Python. In this specification, the students have to complete the following:
· 2 x Exam (50% of the total grade each) based on hardware, software, algorithms, networking, databases, data representation and calculations which is taken at the end of year 11
· Programming project, done as a controlled assessment covering several programming tasks that have to be completed using Java or Python Link: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j276-from-2016/
We also have a group of students following the Cambridge National Creative iMedia from the OCR exam board
The Single Certificate is in 4 units.
One exam paper worth 25% of the total marks, and three controlled assessment briefs worth 25% each.
Unit title and summary Assessment Time
UNIT R081(Exam – 25%), R082-creating-digital-graphics (CAB -25%), R085-creating-a-multipage-website (CAB – 25%) & R092-developing-digital-game (CAB – 25%) Link: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/
A-LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE
Duration: 2 years
Exam Board: AQA Specification Code: 7517 (http://tinyurl.com/ponp35s) Contact: Mr. A Finch (FINCHA@sgsce.co.uk) / Mr. L Poole (POOLEL@sgsce.co.uk)
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.
Please find the specification content below:
10. Fundamentals of programming 17. Consequences of uses of computing
11. Fundamentals of data structures 18. Fundamentals of communication and networking
12. Fundamentals of algorithms 19. Fundamentals of databases
13. Theory of computation 20. Big Data
14. Fundamentals of data representation 21. Fundamentals of functional programming
15. Fundamentals of computer systems 22. Systematic approach to problem solving
16. Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture 23. Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project
Duration: 2 years
Exam Board: AQA Specification Code: TVQ01014 (https://tinyurl.com/ycjab3sk) Contact: Mr. A Finch (FINCHA@sgsce.co.uk) / Mr. L Poole (POOLEL@sgsce.co.uk)
Why Choose Tech-Level IT?
Heavily practical and hands-on, this vocational course provides a highly specialist and work-related qualification.
In the first year, you will learn about a range of hardware and software in significant detail, with a focus on computer building and supporting end users. You will learn the importance of health and safety within the workplace and will independently build, configure, test and troubleshoot computer systems. Good communication skills are essential in the workspace and you will be expected to use and evidence effective communication in dealing with a range of scenarios.
In the second year, you will learn about data communications, networking and the Internet. You will learn how to plan, design, construct and troubleshoot networks using a range of tools and equipment. You will become familiar with a range of specialist devices and technologies as used in real server farms and communications centres.
Completion of coursework and practical, hands-on activities will provide continual opportunities for career exploration and soft-skills development. This course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to prepare for employment and will be a big step towards a career in the IT industry. In addition, students will also be eligible to obtain two course completion certificates as part of the Cisco Networking Academy, which underpins some of the units.
For course completion, it is mandatory that students locate and undertaken suitable work experience within an IT setting.
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