ICT/Computing

The curriculum of the ICT/Computing department in KS3 is designed to prepare pupils so that they make the correct decision in terms of their KS4 options subjects. In Years 10 and 11 pupils can opt for either GCSE Computer Science or the Cambridge National Creative iMedia course. Computer Science focuses on coding and computer hardware and software whereas Creative iMedia focuses more on the design aspect of websites, computer games and other graphical products.

Extracurricular activities

Pupils can attend Coding Club after school to pursue their interest in programming. Coding Club allows students to explore programming wherever their imagination leads them without having to satisfy an examination board assessment plan.

Most nights pupils can avail themselves of coursework drop-in sessions to supplement their timetabled lessons.

As part of the process of forging links between St Hilda’s and local businesses, entrepreneur Liam Mitchell from Breeze Development, a Merseyside digital marketing and web design company, was invited to speak to Year 12 BTEC level 3 IT pupils. Liam spoke on the subject of how businesses can utilise social media to improve their brand presence and how to formulate strategies to attract new customers.

Years 7-9

Introduction

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7

E-safety, coding 1 (algorithms, sequence, iteration, selection)

 

Input/output devices, accessibility, storage devices, graphic designVideo design, robotics
Year 8

E-safety, mobile phone technology, coding 2 (variables, relational operators)

 

Binary/denary number systems, data representation of graphicsCoding 3 (data types, arithmetic operators), landmarks of computer development
Year 9

E-safety, e-commerce, computer related legislation (DPA, CMA, CPA)

 

Turing Test, artificial intelligence, coding 4 (test plans)Digital products in the art world, cyptography

Textbooks/other useful resources

https://scratch.mit.edu/

https://www.python.org/

https://code.org/learn

https://www.codecademy.com/

GCSE Computer Science

Introduction

GCSE Computer Science comprises of three components: 01 Computer Systems, 02 Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming and 03 Programming Project. Components 01 and 02 are assessed via written examinations and 03 is a coursework unit.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10

01: systems architecture, memory, storage

 

02: algorithms, programming techniques

 

03: analysis, design

01: wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers

 

02: producing robust programs, computational logic

 

03: design, development

01: system security, systems software, moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

 

02: translators and facilities of languages, data representation

 

03: testing and evaluation and conclusions

Year 11

01: systems architecture, memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers

 

02: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs

 

03: Programming techniques, analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation and conclusions

01: protocols and layers, system security, systems software, moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

 

02: computational logic, translators and facilities of languages, data representation

 

03: Programming techniques, analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation and conclusions

01 and 02 written examinations

 

Submission of 03 programming project

 

 

Detailed specification is available at:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/225975-specification-accredited-gcse-computer-science-j276.pdf

Text books used:

OCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1), OCR Computing for GCSE

Further reading/resources:

https://www.python.org/

http://ocr.org.uk/skillsguides

https://code.org/learn

https://www.codecademy.com/

Cambridge National Creative iMedia

The Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia comprises of four units: R081 Pre-production skills, R082 Creating digital graphics, R085 Creating a multipage website and R091 Designing a game concept. Unit R081 is assessed via a written examination and the remaining units via coursework.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 10

Unit R081: Pre-production skills – mood boards, visualisation diagrams, storyboards, work plans, audience needs, legislation

 

Unit R081 examination

 

Unit R082: Creating digital graphics – file formats, resolution, compression, identification of assets for digital graphics

 

Unit R082: Creating digital graphics – compatibility of assets, creation of digital graphics

 

Unit R085: Creating a multipage website – devices used to access websites, methods of internet connection, client requirements

Year 11

Unit R085: Creating a multipage website – work plan for website construction, resources required for website, create multipage website

 

Unit R091: Designing a game concept – evolution of digital game platforms and digital games

 

Unit R091: Designing a game concept – comparison of console hardware, digital game genres, interpretation of client requirements, identification of design constraints and opportunities, creation of game proposalSubmission of coursework units

Detailed specification is available at:

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/115888-specification.pdf

Text books used:

OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia L1/2 Pre-production skills and Creating digital graphics

Further reading/resources:

http://www.teach-ict.net/software/dreamweaver/dreamweaver.htm

https://1stwebdesigner.com/graphic-design-basics-elements/

http://www.thocp.net/software/games/reference/genres.htm

http://hitboxteam.com/designing-game-narrative

 

Information needed for St Hilda’s College Website:

A Level/BTEC

BTEC level 3 IT comprises of four units: unit 1 Information technology systems, unit 2 Creating systems to manage information, unit 3 Using social media in business and unit 6 Website development. Units 1 and 2 are assessed by written examinations and units 3 and 6 are coursework units.

 Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 12

Unit 1: Information technology systems – digital devices in IT systems, transmitting data

 

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information – the purpose and structure of relational database management systems, standard methods of design

 

Unit 3: Using social media in business – impact of social media on business, business uses of social media

Unit 1: Information technology systems – operating online, protecting data and information

 

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information – creating a relational database structure

 

Unit 3: Using social media in business – develop plan to use social media to meet business needs, implement use of social media to meet business needs

 

Unit 1: Information technology systems – impact of IT systems and ethical issues

 

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information – evaluating a database development project

 

Submission of unit 3 coursework –

 

Year 13

Unit 1: Information technology systems – revision of unit and examination technique

 

Unit 2: Creating systems to manage information – revision of unit and examination technique

 

Unit 6: Website development – factors affecting website performance, website design, common tools and techniques used to produce websites

 

Unit 1 and Unit 2 examinations

 

Unit 6: Website development – website development, website review, website optimisation

 

Submission of unit 6 coursework

 

Detailed specification is available at:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Information-Technology/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446938041_BTEC_NAT_Cert_IT_Spec_Iss2CUpd.pdf

Textbooks used:

Pearson BTEC National Information Technology student book, Revise BTEC National Information Technology Revision Guide, Revise BTEC National Information Technology Revision Workbook

Further reading/resources:

http://www.gustofb.com/gustofb-10_key_elements_of_the_ideal_pos_system_for_the_next_decade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFi5_ctNFl0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGUPSvswmY0&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AjReRMoG3Y