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ICT and Computer Science: Key Stage 4 (Optional)

The GCSE qualifications offered in the department are as follows:

COURSE

EBACC QUALIFICATION

PATHWAY

CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

GCSE Computer Science

Yes

Academic and Technical

Programming and Computing Theory

100% Written exam and compulsory non contributing project

Level 2 Creative iMedia

No

 

 

 

AQA GCSE Computer Science

AQA GCSE Computer Science is available as an optional subject at GCSE. GCSE Computing counts as a Science subject towards a student’s English Baccalaureate (EBACC).

The structure of the course is as follows;

UNIT

UNIT NAME

ASSESSMENT

TOPICS

PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE

Paper 1

Computational thinking and problem-solving

1 hour 30 minute written exam

  1. Fundamentals of algorithms.
  2. Programming.
  3. Fundamentals of data representation.
  4. Computer Systems.

50%

Paper 2

Written Assessment

1 hour 30 minute written exam

  1. Fundamentals of computer networks.
  2. Fundamentals of cyber security
  3. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society (including issues of privacy).
  4. Aspects of software development.

50%

Programming Project

Compulsory non contributing unit.

20 hour coursework project.

 

0%

  

Creative iMedia

Qualification summary

The OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

This qualification will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use. They will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing their employability when they leave education, contributing to their personal development and future economic well-being. The qualifications will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector. Benefits

  • Develop practical ICT skills that are needed in the modern workplace.
  • Develop skills developing digital products.
  • Assessment is heavily coursework related, so is a good option for students who lack confidence in examinations.

How You Will Be Assessed:

The course will consist of four units as follows:

1)      One external exam - 25%

Three controlled assessments each worth 25%. The units are

1)      Creating digital graphics

2)      Creating a digital sound sequence

3)      Digital; photography

What This Qualification Could Lead To:

Students studying the Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia at Level 2 may choose to progress to our Cambridge Technicals Level 3 IT course at St Peter’s School. Most students who study ICT at St Peter’s Sixth Form progress to university.

The skills developed in this course provides a good skill set for gaining employment or further training as an apprentice after completing your studies.

Course Outline:

UNIT

UNIT NAME

ASSESSMENT

TOPICS

Unit R081

Pre-production skills

Written paper OCR set and marked

1 hour 15 mins

 

30 Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcome 1: Understand the purpose and content of pre-production

Learning Outcome 2: Be able to plan pre-production

Learning Outcome 3: Be able to produce pre-production documents

Learning Outcome 4: Be able to review pre-production documents

Unit R082

Creating digital graphics

Coursework

 

30 Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcome 1: Understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics

Learning Outcome 2: Be able to plan the creation of a digital graphic

Learning Outcome 3: Be able to create a digital graphic

Learning Outcome 4: Be able to review a digital graphic

Unit R088

Creating a digital sound sequence

Coursework

 

30 Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcome 1: Understand the uses and properties of digital sound

 

Learning Outcome 2: Be able to plan a digital sound sequence

 

Learning Outcome 3: Be able to create a digital sound sequence

 

Learning Outcome 4: Be able to review a digital sound sequence

Unit R090

Digital photography

Coursework

 

30 Guided Learning Hours

Learning Outcome 1: Understand the features and settings of digital photographic equipment

 

Learning Outcome 2: Be able to plan a photo shoot

 

Learning Outcome 3: Be able to take and display digital photographs

 

Learning Outcome 4: Be able to review digital photographs

Available Resources

RESOURCE NAME

CONTENTS

URL

AQA GCSE Computing Specification

Details about the course and past papers.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/ict-and-computer-science/gcse/computer-science-8520

Python

Free installation of Python Software.

https://www.python.org/downloads/