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Introduction

Over the last few years there has been a dramatic change to the curriculum in ICT.  The subject has moved from having one main strand, to 3 equally important strands, which are ICT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.  We prepare students for the ever changing technological environment and help students understand the pivotal role technology plays in the modern day world.

How parents can help

Parents are encouraged to discuss the project topics and explain how technology has continually changed over the decades.  Commenting on the use of computers in daily life and how important they are will help students to see ICT as a skill that they cannot do without.  They can also ensure students complete their electronic homework, which is on either Doddle or SAM Learning.

Computer Science / ICT at Knole Academy

ICT is a compulsory subject in Years 7 – 11; all students have one lesson per week (with the exception of grammar stream students who have one lesson per fortnight). The grammar stream will not have any traditional ICT lessons after the end of Year 8, however it is hoped that many pick Computer Science GCSE when they select their Options.

In Years 7 and 8 there is an introduction to all 3 strands in the ICT / Computer Science curriculum, with more time being spent on computer science and digital literacy as the traditional ICT is embedded throughout the curriculum in other subjects.  Students will complete a number of different units ranging from multimedia to programming.

When students reach year 9, they will start their GCSE preparation - see the Key Stage 4 section below.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

Modules

The programme of study is split into a variety of different topics which link with all three strands.

Unit 1 - Using Computers

Computer Systems
Peripherals and Storage Devices
Networks Presentation
File Permissions and Security
E-Safety

Unit 2 - Digital Media

Word Processing
Spreadsheets
Presentations
Graphics - Bitmap, Vector
Sound, Music and Video
Gaming and Augmented Reality
Representing images and sounds

Unit 3 - Creating for Internet

Introducing the internet
Creating a website
HTML basics
Further HTML
Publishing on the web
Blogs and wikis
Internet Broadcasting

Unit 4 - Digital Knowledge

Search methods
Extracting relevant information
Referencing

Unit 5 - Modelling

Building a model
Interpreting Results
Modelling with spreadsheets

Unit 6 - Managing a Product

The project cycle
Identifying and analysing
Planning and success criteria
Research and design
Implementing a project
Testing and reviewing
User documentation
Evaluating a project
Working collaboratively

Unit 7 - Systems and Control

System lifecycle
Control devices
Procedures
Systems design and user-centred design

Unit 8 - Measuring and Handling

Questionnaires
Creating a database
Searching and sorting data
Testing a hypothesis
Organisation and data
Protecting personal data
Data logging
Conducting an experiment

Unit 9 - Computing Concepts

Programming basics
Algorithms and flow charts
Boolean logic
Logic gates
User interface and audience needs
Key algorithms
Lists, tables and arrays
Understanding binary

Unit 10 - Programming

Programming with

  • Scratch
  • Visual basic express
  • Python
  • Raspberry Pi

 

Key Stage 4 - Years 9 to 11

GCSE ICT Years

GCSE Equivalent - BCS ECDL

ECDL is proof of digital literacy. It is an internationally-recognised qualification, validated and approved by academic and global experts, and valued by employers around the world. Students are equipped with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning.

Students study the units listed below -

  • Word Processing Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Improving Productivity

AIM OF THE COURSE

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the application of a range of IT user skills and knowledge in the workplace, and to meet employer workforce demands. ECDL in IT Application Skills is a fixed combination qualification, which builds on existing knowledge of key software applications including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and improving productivity.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

ECDL is the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe. ECDL teaches students how to use a computer confidently and effectively, whilst building a more productive, efficient learner and encouraging problem-solving, creativity and communication. This course is the qualification that employers recognise and look for as proof of IT user competence.

ASSESSMENT

There are 4 components which make up the BCS ECDL qualification in IT application skills. Each component is worth 25% of the qualification and is assessed by an exam.

Component

Unit Description

Skills Gained

Word processing Develops the learner’s ability to
create word-processed documents:
entering text, editing and formatting
work, using graphs, tables and
pictures for a professional finish, and
effectively using tools such as the
spell-checker and mail merge.
Using the application – Working with Documents,
Enhancing Productivity.
Document Creation - Enter Text, Select, Edit.
Formatting – Text, Paragraphs, Styles.
Objects - Table Creation, Table Formatting,
Graphical Object.
Mail Merge - Preparation, Outputs.
Prepare Outputs – Setup, Check and Print.
Spreadsheet software Helps the learner develop a working
knowledge of spreadsheets, from
entering data and formatting
worksheets, to creating charts and
producing high-quality documents.
Using the Application - Working with
Spreadsheets, Enhancing Productivity.
Cells - Insert, Select, Edit, Sort, Copy, Move, Delete.
Managing Worksheets - Rows and Columns,
Worksheets
Formulas and Functions - Arithmetic Formulas,
Functions.
Formatting - Numbers/Dates, Contents,
Alignment, Border effects.
Charts - Create, Edit.
Prepare Outputs - Setup, Check and Print.
Presentation software Shows the learner how to produce
high-quality presentations using a
variety of tools including charts,
graphs and drawn objects.
Using the Application - Working with
Presentations, Enhancing Productivity.
Developing a Presentation - Presentation Views,
Slides, Master Slide.
Text - Handling Text, Formatting, Lists, Tables.
Charts - Using charts, Organisation Charts.
Graphical Objects - Insert, Manipulate, Drawing.
Prepare Outputs - Preparation, Check and Deliver.
Improving
productivity
using IT
Enables the learner to work more
effectively with IT.  This unit looks at
using tools to save time and effort
when producing word processed
document, presentations and
spreadsheets.
Plan and Select
Create Solution
Review and adapt
Develop and Test


GRADING STRUCTURE

The BCS ECDL IT Application Skills is a graded qualification. The grading structure provided is Pass > Merit > Distinction > Distinction*.

The qualification grade will be determined by the average score across all units within the qualification.

The pass mark across all units, with the exception of Improving Productivity using IT, is 75% and each assessment is pass/fail. The Improving Productivity using IT unit carries a pass mark of 55%.
 



AQA Computer Science GCSE

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years.  The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.  For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically aware individuals.  This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind.  Students studying this specification will learn how to create applications that:

  • run on mobile devices
  • operate in a web enabled environment.

In addition they will:

  • learn how to create simple computer games
  • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
  • have opportunities to work collaboratively.


New specification (9-1) Years 9 and 10

ASSESSMENT

There are 3 components which make up the computer science qualification.

Component 1 - Exam 1: Computational thinking and problem solving

  • 1 hour 30 minutes examination
  • Paper is out of 80 marks
  • 40% of the GCSE
  • Externally assessed the exam can be either paper based or on-screen version.
  • This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answer.

Component 2 – Paper 2: Written assessment

  • 1 hour 30 minutes examination
  • Paper is out of 80 marks
  • 40% of the marks
  • Externally assessed the exam can be either paper based or on-screen version.
  • This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answer.

Component 3 – Non-Examined assessment – Coursework

  • Approximately 20 hours of controlled assessment
  • 20% of the GCSE
  • Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts, such as gaming, web, mobile phone applications.


Legacy specification (A-G) Year 11 Only

ASSESSMENT

There are two components which make up the computer science qualification.

Component 1 – Practical programming

  • Approximately 50 hours of controlled assessment (two tasks of 25 hours each)
  • 60% of the marks
  • Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • Working independently students demonstrate their ability to code a solution to a given problem. The tasks will be set in engaging and relevant contexts, e.g. gaming, web, mobile phone applications.

Component 2 – Computing fundamentals

  • 1 hour 30 minutes examination
  • 40% of the marks
  • Externally assessed the exam can be either paper based or on-screen version.
  • This component will include a range of types of questions from very short to extended answer.

Key Stage 5 - Year 12

ICT
 

SINGLE LEVEL 3 CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL INTRODUCTORY DIPLOMA IN IT - A LEVEL EQUIVALENT

Examination board: OCR
Entry requirements: Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade C or above including English and Maths and ICT (if studied in Year 11)
Length of course: Two years to gain the full qualification (A level equivalent)


ASSESSMENT

Students must complete a portfolio of evidence for all of the coursework units in order to achieve the qualification. Assignments and coursework are tailored to fit real world situations.  For each coursework unit, a student will prepare a portfolio of assignment evidence that shows that they have met the stated assessment criteria. Depending on the unit the work is either marked and moderated by the academy or the examination board. The evidence may be wide ranging and include multimedia presentations, web pages, written reports, posters or verbal questioning. This course does also include exams marked externally.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Information Technology combines well with many other subjects and the choice will largely be determined by the longer term aim of the student. This course supplements the computing course and can be taken in addition to computing as they are two different courses.

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT gives students a choice of progression options. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees or into relevant employment.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The final grade awarded at the end of the second year – the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT- is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction or Distinction*.  The course is fully accredited for UCAS points.

Breakdown of the qualification:

Total qualification consists of 5 units
3 of 5 units are mandatory content (67%)
2 of 5 units are marked externally (50%)

COURSE CONTENT

The Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT is equivalent to one A level. Three mandatory core units must be completed plus two optional units to achieve the full qualification.

Unit name

Mandatory/ Optional

Type

Weighting

1. Fundamentals of IT

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

25%

2. Global information

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

25%

7. Data analysis and design

Mandatory

Coursework (marked internally)

17%

10. Business computing

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

17%

13. Social media and digital marketing

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

17%


DOUBLE - LEVEL 3 CAMBRIDGE TECHNICAL DIPLOMA IN IT - A LEVEL EQUIVALENT

Examination board: OCR
Entry requirements: Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade C or above including English and Maths and ICT (if studied in Year 11)
Length of course: Two years to gain the full qualification (2 A levels equivalent)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

The final grade awarded at the end of the second year – the Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT- is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction or Distinction*. The course is fully accredited for UCAS points.

BREAKDOWN OF THE QUALIFICATION

Total qualification consists of 11 units (5 of the units are the same as the single qualification – Students will then go on to study an additional 6 units to achieve the two Alevels).

4 of 11 units are mandatory content (42%).

2 of 5 units are marked externally (50%).

COURSE CONTENT

The Cambridge Technical Diploma in IT is equivalent to two A levels. Four mandatory core units must be completed plus seven optional units to achieve the full qualification.

Unit name

Mandatory/ Optional

Type

Weighting

1. Fundamentals of IT

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

12.5%

2. Global information

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

12.5%

3. Cyber security

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

8.3%

7. Data analysis and design

Mandatory

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

8.Project Management

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

9.Product Development

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

10. Business computing

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

11.Systems analysis and design

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

13. Social media and digital marketing

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

14. Software engineering for business

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%

17. Internet of Everything

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

8.3%


Computing
 

BTEC NATIONAL EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN COMPUTING - A LEVEL EQUIVALENT

Examination board: Edexcel
Entry requirements: Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade C or above including Computer Science, English and Maths
Length of course: Two years to gain the full qualification (A Level equivalent)


ASSESSMENT

Students must complete a portfolio of evidence for all of the 2 coursework units in order to achieve the qualification. Assignments and coursework are tailored to fit real world situations. For each coursework unit, the student will prepare a portfolio of assignment evidence that shows that they have met the stated assessment criteria. Depending on the unit, the work is either marked and moderated by the academy or the examination board. The evidence may be wide ranging and include multimedia presentations, web pages, written reports, posters or verbal questioning.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Computing combines well with many other subjects and the choice will be largely determined by the longer term aim of the student. This course supplements the traditional ICT course and can be taken in addition to IT as they are two different courses.

The BTEC extended certificate in Computing gives students a choice of progression options. Students who successfully complete the qualification, will be well equipped to move onto a degree or into relevant employment.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The final grade awarded at the end of the second year – the BTEC Extended Certificate in Computing - is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.  The Extended Certificate is fully accredited for UCAS points.

BREAKDOWN OF THE QUALIFICATION

Total qualification consists of 4 units:

2 units are exam based and marked externally (58%).

3 of 4 units are mandatory content (83%).

COURSE CONTENT

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Computing is equivalent to one A level. Three mandatory core units must be completed plus one optional unit to achieve the full qualification.

Unit name

Mandatory/ Optional

Type

Weighting

1. Principles of Computer Science

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

33%

2. Fundamentals of Computer Systems

Mandatory

Exam (marked externally)

25%

7. IT Systems Security and Encryption

Mandatory

Coursework (marked internally)

25%

15. Website Development

Optional

Coursework (marked internally)

17%

 

Key Stage 5 - Year 13

ASSESSMENT

Students must complete a portfolio of evidence for all units in order to achieve the qualification. There is no examination. BTECs are assessed practically.

Assignments and coursework are tailored to fit real world situations.  For each unit, a student will prepare a portfolio of assignment evidence that shows that they have met the stated assessment criteria. The portfolio is then moderated by the exam board. The evidence may be wide ranging and include multimedia presentations, web pages, written reports, posters or verbal questioning.

PROGRESSION ROUTES

Information Technology combines well with many other subjects and the choice will largely be determined by the longer term aim of the student.

The course gives students a choice of progression options. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees or BTEC Higher National Diplomas or into relevant employment.

SOFTWARE

The teaching is practically-based, using high specification hardware and the latest versions of industry standard software including MS Office 2013 Professional and Serif Suite or Adobe CS6.


SINGLE – BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA – 1 A-LEVEL EQUIVALENT

Examination title: Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT
Examination board: Edexcel
Entry requirements: ICT, English and Maths - grade C or above
Length of course: One year to gain an AS
Two years to gain the full qualification (A Level equivalent qualification)
Lesson structure: Five x 1hr lessons per week

UNIT 1: COMMUNICATION AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS FOR IT - COMPULSORY

The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.

UNIT 2: COMPUTER SYSTEMS - COMPULSORY

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems.

UNIT 31: COMPUTER ANIMATION

The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand types of animation and their uses and develop the knowledge and skills required to use software techniques to design and implement different types of animation.

UNIT 17: PROJECT PLANNING WITH IT

The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the processes and tools used for project management and are able to plan a project, follow the plan and review the project management process.

UNIT 30: DIGITAL GRAPHICS

This unit aims to enable learners to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.

UNIT 43: MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how multimedia is used in business and to be able to create multimedia products to meet business needs.


DOUBLE - BTEC DIPLOMA – 2 A-LEVELS EQUIVALENT

Examination board: Edexcel
Entry requirements: ICT, English and Maths - Grade C or above
Length of course: One year to gain an A Level
Two years to gain the full qualification (2 A Levels equivalent qualification)
Lesson structure: 10 x 1hr lessons per week

COURSE CONTENT

The BTEC Diploma in IT is equivalent to two A levels. Three core units must be completed plus nine option units to achieve the full qualification. Students will complete the units listed under the single A Level in addition to the ones below.

UNIT 3: INFORMATION SYSTEMS – COMPULSORY

The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand how organisations use information and the surrounding use of information, know about information systems and develop the skills necessary to produce management information.

UNIT 8: E-COMMERCE

The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners know the technologies involved in e-commerce, understand the impact of e-commerce on organisations and on society, and that they are able to plan e-commerce strategies.

UNIT 28: WEBSITE PRODUCTION

The aim of this unit is to enable a learner to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites.

UNIT 29: INSTALLING AND UPGRADING SOFTWARE

The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners follow the necessary procedures to successfully install new software and update existing software when required.

UNIT 34: BUSINESS RESOURCES

The aim of this unit is to develop learner knowledge of the range of human, physical, technological and financial resources required in an organisation, and how the management of these resources can impact on business performance.

UNIT 42: SPREADSHEET MODELLING

This unit aims to enable learners to use complex spreadsheet modelling in order to support organisational activities such as credit control, sales forecasting and stock analysis.

 

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