Computing

ICT

For the first two terms of Year 9 students will be developing their practical ICT skills, the GCSE course will then start in the summer term.

Examining Board: Edexcel

Aim of Course

This course builds on young people’s love of digital devices. It won’t teach them about how computers work or how to program them, but it will show them how to use ICT effectively and safely.

In addition to developing their practical ICT skills, their coursework will help them to develop the skills of organising their own time and reviewing their own work and progress. They will discover how to research information from a range of sources and present it in a variety of ways. They will also learn the importance of working and co-operating with other people. These skills are readily “transferable” and will be of value in many of their other subjects, in further education and to future employers.

Content

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
This Unit explores how technology impacts on every aspect of our daily lives: learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move. It teaches students to be ‘savvy IT users’, who understand the risks as well as the benefits.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
The nature of the Controlled Assessment, with its emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than ‘writing about’ helps develop important transferable skills including problem solving, creative thinking and collaborative working. Students will put into practice what they learn in the theory and work with a range of digital tools and techniques to complete a practical assessment.

Method of Assessment

One Examination worth 40%
Controlled Coursework worth 60%

Recommended Reading
Edexcel GCSE ICT Student Book Written by R.S.U Heathcote, Naveed Latif, Monica Mason and David Waller (Published by Pearson Education Ltd) Pupils are also advised to keep up to date with the latest technology news and developments in digital technology

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects
A GCSE in ICT opens the door to a whole range of future opportunities. The skills students develop will support them in their future studies and employment and there are many careers with which ICT will be valuable including:

Media Engineering
Marketing Project Management
Graphics/Animation Programming
Website/Games Designer Business Management

Computing

Examining Board: Edexcel

Aim of Course

This course will help to develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts. You will acquire some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming. You will be able to use your knowledge of technology to become independent users of IT and be able to make informed decisions about the use of different technologies. You will have the chance to develop computer programs to solve problems and develop the skills to work collaboratively. You will also be able to evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.

Content

  • The computer systems and programming unit will teach you the theory about a wide range of issues such as hardware and software, the representation of data in computer systems, databases, computer communications and networking, programming and more.
  • The practical investigation is all about engaging with computing in the real world. You will look at a computing topic in more depth and carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue.
  • The programming project will call on you to design code and test a solution to three tasks using a suitable programming language.

Method of Assessment

Written Paper Examination: Principles of Computer Science75%
Controlled Assessment: Programming Project worth 25%

Recommended Reading

Edexcel GCSE Computer Science: Steve Cushing

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

There are many careers in which Computing will be valuable including:

Games Development App Development
Computer Programmer Network Engineer
Web Development Software Development
Robotics Computer Scientist

Students interested in a GCSE in Computing, should opt for ICT or Computing, during Year 9 the ICT teachers will direct their students as to which GCSE would be best suited for each individual