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What Will I Learn?

Students coming into Year 7 will undertake a curriculum mostly consisting of ICT components. The final unit will be programming one, getting students ready to move on to a more Computing heavy curriculum in Year 8.

Units covered in Year 7:

  • Using Computers
  • E Safety
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Scratch/Programming

How Will I Be Assessed?
  • End of term assessments
  • Q and A during each lesson  will enable teachers to tailor subsequent lessons based on student progress

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Research
  • Creating surveys
  • Designing logos/leaflets/posters for a given target audience
  • Navigating and creating basic databases
  • Creating working spreadsheet models to forecast profit/loss
  • Presentations
  • Creating a game using Scratch programming software

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This year will establish required ICT fundamentals and give the confidence required to progress on to a more computing-heavy curriculum in Year 8.

What Will I Learn?

In Year 8, students will undertake a curriculum geared to ready learners for advanced Computer Science the following year. Students will be learning about the internal make-up of computers, working on advanced modelling using spreadsheet software, and considerable exposure to programming using different languages and interfaces.

Units covered in Year 8:

  • How Computers Work
  • Spreadsheets
  • Microbits
  • HTML – Creating Websites
  • App development
  • Python Programming

How Will I Be Assessed?
  • End of term assessments
  • Q and A during each lesson  will enable teachers to tailor subsequent lessons based on student progress

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?
  • Research
  • Creating surveys
  • Creating working spreadsheet models to forecast profit/loss
  • Creating mobile Apps
  • Creating various working programs using the Python Programming language

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This year will establish required Computing fundamentals and give the confidence required to progress on to GCSE Computer Science 9-1.

What Will I Learn?

Students will get a flavour of the GCSE Computing Science 9-1 course. Two of the six units this year, will focus on learning to become competent programmers. The GCSE Computer Science 9-1 is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science.

Students analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Develop programming skills using programming languages such as Python or JavaScript. Students  also learn about computing concepts such as Data Representation (Binary, hexadecimal number systems), computer networks, systems architecture and algorithms.


How Will I Be Assessed?
  • End of term quizzes
  • Mini Exams
  • Python Programs

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practical tasks, discussions, project based activities (mainly programming),  and student presentations.

You will also complete mock exam papers throughout the year in preparation for the final exam.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This year will give students a strong foundation to continue studying the GCSE Computer Science 9-1 in Years 10 and 11.The GCSE Computer 9-1 is an EBacc subject.

What Will I Learn?

The GCSE Computer Science 9-1 is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science.

Students analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Develop programming skills using programming languages such as Python or JavaScript. Students  also learn about computing concepts such as Data Representation (Binary, hexadecimal number systems), computer networks, systems architecture and algorithms.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Component  01 – Computer Systems [50%]

Exam Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Marks: 80 marks

Weighting: 50% of total GCSE

 

Component  02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming [50%]

Exam Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Marks: 80 marks

Weighting: 50% of total GCSE

 

Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment)

Coursework Duration: 20 hours

Marks: 40 marks

Weighting: This is a compulsory component of the course but does not contribute directly to the final mark


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practical tasks, discussions, project based activities (mainly programming), and student presentations.  You will also complete mock exam papers throughout the year in preparation for the final exam.


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in Computer Science, which counts as an EBacc subject. You will then be able to choose to complete KS5 Computer Science or ICT qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

What Will I Learn?

The second year of the GSCE Computer Science 9-1 will see students revisiting all the topics covered to date, with a stronger emphasis on being able to apply the knowledge acquired in Year 10, this time in different contexts.

This year, more emphasis will be placed on programming skills using the Python programming language. Students also continue to learn about computing concepts such as Data Representation (Binary, hexadecimal number systems), computer networks, systems architecture and algorithms.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Component  01 – Computer Systems [50%]

Exam Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Marks: 80 marks

Weighting: 50% of total GCSE

 

Component  02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming [50%]

Exam Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Marks: 80 marks

Weighting: 50% of total GCSE

 

Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment)

Coursework Duration: 20 hours

Marks: 40 marks

Weighting: This is a compulsory component of the course but does not contribute directly to the final mark


What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

A considerable amount of programming, classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practical tasks, classroom discussions, project based activities and student presentations.  You will also complete mock exam papers throughout the year in preparation for the final exam..


How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in Computer Science, which counts as an EBacc subject. You will then be able to choose to complete KS5 Computer Science or ICT qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).