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ICT and Computing

Our department conisists of:

Mrs R Odedra – Head of Department (Rodedra@asachelt.org)

Miss E Wellington – Teacher of ICT and Assistant Head of House (ewellington@asachelt.org)

 

Curriculum:

The Information Technology (IT) Department’s aims are:

  • To develop, maintain and stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Information Technology.
  • To develop appropriate flexible Information Technology skills students may use across the Curriculum.
  • To make Information Technology a natural tool for all members of the school to use and to allow them to integrate it into their daily activities.

Why do we need to teach IT and Computing?

The IT department plan to develop student’s IT skills and their ability to utilise these skills as a universal ‘tool set’. Students will be able to select and use appropriate IT applications and transfer this knowledge and confidence to other areas of their learning. Our aim as a department is to develop individuals who are well prepared to meet the demands of modern IT technology in all aspects of work and social life.

In the modern age there are very few careers or jobs that do not require the use of IT in some format.  In the years to come it will be assumed by employers that all students will be capable of using and implementing the main types of software.  Confidence in being able to use an IT based system, even when it is unfamiliar, is a very useful skill to have developed at school.

IT is also becoming important in the home and during leisure times.  Being able to access information from the internet and communicating with friends or colleagues are time saving skills that need developing to ensure that the correct and most efficient techniques are used.  IT allows students access to a great wealth of knowledge and communication across the globe, but with this comes a huge responsibility to make sure that students are equipped with the ability and integrity to use that source morally, efficiently and effectively.

 

Year 9, 10 and 11

 

GCSE Computer Science

WHY STUDY?

Try to imagine a world without computers. There would be no PCs or laptops, and so no word processing or spreadsheets, no communication using the web, no online shopping or photo enhancement. There would be no mobile phones or digital cameras, because these are computers at heart. There would be no internet or phone system. There would be no modern cars, trains or aircraft: computers control how they work and guide their safety on rails or in the air. There would be empty shops: all their stock is computer-controlled. There would be very few goods: many are made by robots, which themselves are computers. Food would be scarce: supermarkets' distribution systems rely on computers and computers often control food production itself.

Computer science teaches you how to use computers to make the world work as it does. You will learn how to make a computer behave how you want - this might be making a robot move something from one end of a room to another, it might be making a calculation which saves someone's life in a medical ward, or it could be creating a whole new world through building pictures or sound or building a computer system so that other people can do this.

You will learn how computers work together in building networks like the internet, how teams of people build systems worth hundreds of millions of pounds, and how computers can be made to behave like people, among many other topics. You will also learn about how to work together in groups, and what your professional responsibilities are to your colleagues, clients, and society.

 

COURSE CONTENT

There are 3 units which the students will be assessed on: Computer systems, practical investigation and computer programming.

 

Unit 1 – (40%) Computer Systems & Programming – (at end of course)

Unit 2 – (30%) Practical Investigation controlled assessment (internally assessed)

Unit 3 – (30%) Programming Project controlled assessment (internally assessed)

 

Sixth Form

AS/A2 Level ICT

The AS/A2 Level in ICT will encourage students develop a wide range of ICT skills together with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ICT; Students are encouraged to become discerning users of ICT.

AS coursework is structured around tasks which cover a wide range of skills. The emphasis is now on business ICT focus, rather than the traditional Computing perspective, allowing students to gain skills that can be transferred into the business world.

During the first year, the externally assessed unit, Information, Systems and Applications covers topics including; data, information, knowledge and processing; software and hardware components of an information system; characteristics of standard applications software and application areas; spreadsheet concepts; relational database concepts; applications software used for presentation and communication of data; the role and impact of ICT - legal, moral and social issues. The coursework unit gives students the opportunity to explore design, software development, testing and documentation.

In year 2, the externally assessed unit, ICT Systems, Applications and Implications, gives students an understanding of the systems cycle; designing computer-based information systems; networks and communication; applications of ICT; implementing computer-based information systems and implications of ICT. The coursework in year 2 is an ICT project where students explore definition, investigation and analysis; design; software development, testing and implementation; documentation and evaluation through a client-driven project. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to create their own solutions to real world problems and to broaden their studies to reflect their personal interests. This will help them during their progression to the next phase of their education.

Resources

Students studying the course would need access to ICT equipment for all of the project based work.
This will be available in school.

Assessment

At AS level, the Information, Systems and Applications unit is assessed via a single 2 hour exam. The Structured ICT Tasks unit is assessed on coursework. At A2 the ICT Systems, Applications and Implications is assessed with a single 2 hour exam with the remaining assessment completed via the ICT Project. The coursework element is 40% of the total grade for both AS and A2.

Extra Information

There has been a lot of work put into the design of this course to ensure that the topics covered and the skills learnt are relevant and transferable.

Careers

The AS/A2 ICT course would ideally lead into an IT related degree course. Other degrees would also benefit from the skills learnt here. A successful AS/A2 student could also use this course for direct entry into an IT related career.

Requirements

GCSE Grade C in English and Maths

 

IT Btec Level 3

BTEC Level 3 IT qualifications are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employment. 

The BTEC qualifications have been developed in the IT sector to:

  • Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing and Systems Development l
  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area.

 

Course outline

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate – 30 credits

The 30-credit BTEC Level 3 Certificate offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and give vocational emphasis. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to one GCE AS Level.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma – 60 credits

The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

 

Assessment

The assessment is dependent on the unit chosen, but are mainly coursework based.

 

Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade C in English and Maths