Key Stage 4

Computer Science at Key Stage 4 aids to develop a student’s understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work. In doing this every aspect of a computer will be looked at with the aim for all students to become independent and discerning users of ICT. In each students journey they will develop computer programs to solve various problems and look at the use of algorithms in computer programs.

Year 10

In Year 10 students have the option to either take GCSE Edexcel ICT course or GCSE OCR Computer Science, which incorporates the new 9-1 GCSE grading system.

ICT

In ICT students will start a two year course in which they will complete two units of work:

Unit 1: Living in the Digital World (Examination) (40%)

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (Controlled Assessment) (60%)

During the 2 years at Key Stage 4 all students will broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability, working with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solution in a range of contexts. During this time the students will learn to critically reflect on their own and others’ use of ICT and adopt safe, secure and responsible practices. Students will also explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will discover current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts.  Students are encouraged to keep up-to-date with emerging technology as part of their learning experience.

Computer Science

The Computer Science GCSE with the board OCR is part of the English Baccalaureate and has been approved by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).

In Computer Science students will start a two year course in which they will complete three units of work:

J276/01: Computer Systems (Examination) (80%)

J276/02: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (Examination)  (80%)

J276/03: Programming Project (Controlled Assessment) (20%)

During the 2 years at Key Stage 4 all students will understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including Abstraction, Decomposition, Logic, Algorithms and Data Representation. They will analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs. Students will think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically, from this understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and other systems. They will develop an understanding of the impacts of digital technology to the individual as well as wider society and from this apply mathematical skills and solutions relevant to Computer Science.

Year 11

In Year 11 pupils will continue with their GCSE ICT or GCSE Computer Science Courses

ICT

In ICT students will start a two year course in which they will complete two units of work:

Unit 1: Living in the Digital World (Examination) (40%)

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (Controlled Assessment) (60%)

During the 2 years at Key Stage 4 all students will broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability, working with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solution in a range of contexts. During this time the students will learn to critically reflect on their own and others’ use of ICT and adopt safe, secure and responsible practices. Students will also explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will discover current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts.  Students are encouraged to keep up-to-date with emerging technology as part of their learning experience.

Computer Science

The current Year 11 cohort will be studying the existing GCSE OCR Computer Science Course, which still incorporate the A*-U Grading System. Computer Science at Key Stage 4 is a great way to develop analysis skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be transferred to further learning and everyday life.

The Computer Science GCSE with the board OCR is part of the English Baccalaureate and has been approved by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT).

Units of Work that will be followed;

  • Unit A451: Computer Systems and Programming (Examination) (40%)
  • Unit A452: Practical Investigation (Controlled Assessment) (30%)
  • Unit A453: Programming Project (Controlled Assessment) (30%)

During the 2 years at Key Stage 4 all students explore how digital technologies impact on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They also learn about current and emerging technologies and issues raised by their use in different contexts and develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent to using ICT. We also embed a core set of practical skills that broadens and enhances each student’s capability when working with various digital tools. This ability produces effective learners that are capable of learning in a range of contexts allowing students to critically reflect on their own and others’ use of ICT.