South Shields School

Computing & Digital Technology

Subject Content Covered

Year 7


Year 7 complete one third of a 9 unit key stage 3 course that covers 4 of the 6 strands of the computer science curriculum. Algorithms, programming, hardware & processing and Information Technology. In unit 1 pupils develop their algorithmic skill and apply them to graphical based software allowing them to create their own virtual pet. In unit 2 pupil get to investigate the inside of a computer, looking at the science of how all digital devices actually operate. In unit 3 pupils use textual based programming language to program BBC Micro bits, to create numerous products and games.

 

Year 8


Year 8 complete the second third of a 9 unit key stage 3 course and cover 4 of the 6 strands of computer science curriculum. Communication & Networks, algorithms, programming, hardware and processing and Information technology. In unit 4 the pupils investigate networks looking at how they work and investigating the world’s largest network; the internet before discussing the safety issues of it. In unit 5; problem solved; pupils stretch their algorithm and programming skills from year 7 to solve a range of problems. In unit 6; fetch decode execute repeat; pupils further expand their understanding of how CPU works including the Bon Neumann architecture.

 

Year 9


Year 9 complete the 3 year key stage 3 course and cover 4 of the main elements of the computer science curriculum. Algorithms, programming, data and data representation, and information technology. Unit 7; digital looks in depth of how binary is used in computers, simple and complex conversions between Denmark, binary and hexadecimal as well as addition and subtraction of binary. They will also investigate how binary representation works in terms of text, images and sound.

In their final unit; are you ready pupils will get the chance of having a practice at a controlled assessment which, if they choose computer science as an option will ready them perfectly.

 

Year 10


GCSE ICT  

Our current year 10’s are the last cohort to be able to study the exciting Edexcel GCSE ICT course. The course is split into two units:

Unit 1: In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.

They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).

They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2: This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.

They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Computer science: Year 10 are starting the brand new exciting course for OCR computer science. The course is split into 3 units.

Unit 1: This component will introduce students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It is expected that the students will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science.

Unit 2: This component incorporates and builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Component 01, encouraging students to apply this knowledge and understanding using computational thinking. Students will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation. Students will become familiar with computing related mathematics.

Unit 3: OCR will issue three assessment tasks at the start of the terminal academic year of assessment. The tasks will provide opportunities for the students to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills outlined in unit 1.

Students will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the problems identified in the task. They will then code their solutions in a suitable programming language. The solutions must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem and learners must use a suitable test plan with appropriate test data.

BTEC Business: The BTEC Level 2 Award in Business gives students a broad business background so that they can progress to further education, training or employment. The qualification provides independent evidence of learning and progression alongside the predominately portfolio- based assessment. The course is vocational, involving personal research, investigation into real life businesses.

The subject content for this qualification in Business is structured so that students will study the following units:

  • Unit 1- Enterprise in the Business World (Internal Assessment)
  • Unit 2- Finance for Business (External assessment)
  • Unit 3-Promoting a Brand (Internal Assessment)
  • Unit 8- Recruitment, Selection and Training (Internal Assessment)

The qualification has been designed to aid progression onto BTEC Level 3 course and A ‘level business.

 

Year 11


GCSE ICT

The course is split into two units.

Unit 1: In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.

They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).

They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2: This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.

They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 3: OCR will issue a range of assessment tasks each consisting of up to three sub tasks. The set of tasks within the controlled assessment will provide opportunities for the candidate to demonstrate practical ability to use the skills outlined in the specification for this unit.

Candidates will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the stated problem then code their solutions in a suitable programming language. The solutions must be tested at each stage to ensure they solve the stated problem using a suitable test plan with appropriate test data

Computer Science

This course is split into 3 units (2 controlled assessments and 1 external assessment.)

Unit 1: This unit introduces computer systems and provides a foundation for the remaining topics in this unit.

Candidates should develop a mental model of a computer system which comprises hardware and software and in which:

  • Data is input and converted into the computer’s internal representation by input devices
  • The data is processed
  • The results of the processing are converted from the computer’s internal representation and output by an output device
  • The data may be stored for later use or transmitted to another computer system, while it is still in the computer’s internal representation.

Unit 2: This unit is designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue and engage them with computing in the real world. The unit deliberately extends the candidate’s work beyond the topics in Unit A451 in order to provide a stimulating experience.

Candidates should study one from a range of topics which will be supplied by OCR. Candidates will be expected to carry out practical investigations of the topic and any supplementary research necessary to complete these investigations. They will produce a report in which the topic is analysed, justified and evaluated showing evidence of the practical work undertaken.

BTEC Business

The BTEC Level 2 Award in Business gives students a broad business background so that they can progress to further education, training or employment. The qualification provides independent evidence of learning and progression alongside the predominately portfolio- based assessment. The course is vocational, involving personal research, investigation into real life businesses.

The subject content for this qualification in Business is structured so that students will study the following units:

  • Unit 1- Enterprise in the Business World (Internal Assessment)
  • Unit 2- Finance for Business (External assessment)
  • Unit 3-Promoting a Brand (Internal Assessment)
  • Unit 8- Recruitment, Selection and Training (Internal Assessment)

The qualification has been designed to aid progression onto BTEC Level 3 course and A ‘level business.

 

Qualifications studied


  • GCSE ICT – Edexcel
  • GCSE Computer Science – OCR
  • BTEC Business