Welcome to Computing & ICT
The new Program of Study has been fully adopted by King Arthur’s and we have embraced the opportunity to move the focus from ICT (which concentrated on using technology) to Computing which encompasses the use of technology but has a much greater emphasis on the creation of technology.
ICT = Users
Computing = Makers
Take a look at the world around you. How close to a computer are you? When was the last time you used one? When was the last time you were creative with one? Life without computers is almost unimaginable. There’s nothing that doesn’t involve computing in some way.
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 part of the computing program of study is delivered across the curriculum in English, Maths and Technology. At Key Stage 3 the subject is taught by computing staff directly. In years 7, 8 and 9 students have 2 hour per fortnight in computing lessons.
Year 7 and 8 homework is set once a term following the school policy using a booklet that follows a specific topic.
Key Stage 4
OCR GCSE Computing Specification J275
The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find challenging, stimulating and absorbing.
The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who’ve taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.
The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.
BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Applications Skills
We recognise that some student may want to further their IT skills but may not want to follow a computing route. We offer this course as it does focus on the use of IT, by looking at the packages such as Word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software and how they all combine in the modern World.
The qualification structure has four units. Students study three different types of software;
There are no pre-requisites that a student must achieve prior to taking this qualification. Most knowledge, skills and understanding have been taught through the ICT course they have already studied with the gaps in their knowledge being identified by the diagnostic tests. There are four categories of certification:
- To achieve a ‘Pass’, a learner must obtain an overall mark of 70% or above.
- To achieve a ‘Merit’, a learner must obtain an overall mark of 75% or above.
- To achieve a ‘Distinction’, a learner must obtain an overall mark of 80% or above.
- To achieve a ‘Distinction*’, a learner must obtain an overall mark of 85% or above.
This is a level 2 course, and therefore if students achieve a ‘Pass’ this is equivalent to grade C at GCSE.