ICT and Computer Science

Subject: ICT & Computing Head of Department: Ms A Evans
Exam board: OCR

Syllabus titles: Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia/GCSE Computer Science

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia

This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. The hands on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

Students will complete units on:

  • Pre-production skills
      • Written paper OCR set and marked 1 hour 15 mins – 60 marks (60 UMS) Learners answer all questions
      • This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
  • Creating Digital Graphics
      • Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated Approx 10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)
      • The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.
  • Creating a Multipage Website
      • Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated Approx 10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)
      • This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multi page websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multi page website.
  • Creating Interactive Multimedia Products
    • Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated Approx 10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)
    • This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of interactive multimedia products for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why interactive multimedia is used and what features are needed for a given purpose. It will enable them to interpret a client brief, and to use time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process when creating an interactive multimedia product.
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9 Pre-production Skills Learning how to use Gimp2 and practising skills Revision for practise exam
Year 10 Creating Digital Graphics Creating a Multi-page website Revision for practise exam
Year 11 Creating Interactive Multimedia Products Revision for exam Revision for exam

 

GCSE Computer Science

Computer Systems

Introduces students to the Central processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.  It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Students develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the Programming Project.

Programming project

Students use assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in other components. In a controlled environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan. Students have a total of 20 hours to complete their programming project.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 9 Networks

Databases

Spreadsheets

Legal Aspects

How to program in HTML and CSS. Students will learn how to create a website by using these languages. Understanding hardware and software. Students will understand how a computer works. Using different software to produce different types of products.
Year 10 Students are working on Python and HTML and CSS

System Architecture

Python

Data representation

Logic and Languages

Networks

System Security & Software

Year 11 Students are working on their controlled assessment. Students are working on their controlled assessment.

Exam revision.

Exam revision.

 

How homework is set in ICT and Computing:

Homework is set weekly.  For years 10 and 11 exam questions and regular practise of classroom skills will be set.  Revision activities will be set in Year 11 to help prepare students for their exam, this will include practise questions.

How parents/carers can support their child:

Students in year 11 have two booklets/books which help to answer exam questions.  Discussing what your child is doing in Computing lessons will help them clarify their own thinking and understanding about what they are learning.  Following the Technology pages on the BBC website and discussing Computer Science items in the news is also very beneficial to your child’s learning.

Useful links:

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ict-2010.html

http://www.teach-ict.com/ this has a useful glossary and some free activities to support learning.

https://www.memrise.com/course/460627/ocr-gcse-computing-a451/ this is a useful website for learning vocabulary

Reading list:

ISBN: 978-1782946021 – GCSE Computer Science OCR Revision Guide – for the Grade 9-1 Course

ISBN: 978-1782946038  – GCSE Computer Science OCR Exam Practice Workbook –  for Grade 9-1 Course

ISBN: 978-1-4718-8668-3 – Creative iMedia Revision Guide

There are opportunities to purchase both these books through the school.