Computing Studies

Year 8

In Year 8, students have a single lesson of one hour and will address the digital literacy and information technology areas of the KS3 national curriculum programmes of study by learning about the following areas:

* Microbit – Block coding language

* Computational thinking and algorithms.

* Hardware and Software

* Python

* Digital Graphics

* Website design

Work will be evidenced/presented using an e-portfolio which students will maintain for each topic.

Year 9 & 10

In year 9 students have two lesson a week and will be introduced to the digital iMedia course that consists of three units of coursework followed by an examination unit. Students will study the following units of work:

R085: Creating a multipage website

Task 1- Understand the properties and features of multi page websites

Task 2 – Planning a multipage website

Task 3 – Creating a multimedia Website

Task 4 – Checking and reviewing your multi page website

R083: Creating 2D and 3D digital characters

Task 1: The uses and properties of 2D and 3D characters

Task 2: Planning/ designing your character

Task 3: Creating your character

Task 4: Be able to review a digital graphic

R082: Creating digital graphics

Task 1: The purpose and properties of digital graphics

Task 2: Planning a Digital Graphic

Task 3: Creating Digital Graphics

Task 4: Checking and reviewing the digital Graphics

R081: Pre production skills examination unit

This is a compulsory unit, based on all aspects of planning projects from Mood boards to Gantt Charts. It will also develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

Each unit is worth 25% of the overall grade. Students will be graded as follows:

Level 2 Distinction*

Level 2 Distinction

Level 2 Merit

Level 2 Pass

Level 1 Distinction

Level 1 Merit

Level 1 Pass


Progression routes

Students wishing to continue in this subject will be able to progress to  Level 3 ICT. Students who do not wish to study ICT further will be able to use their ICT skills to assist other A Level subjects. Students wishing to go to College will be able to use their ICT skills to assist whichever course they pursue; Students going into Apprenticeships will clearly be able to show employers and trainers the level of their ICT competence using a recognised qualification, especially in the areas covered by the units outlined above.

Year 12

During the first year of this two year course, students will study three units, two of which are mandatory:
Communication & Employability Skills for IT (mandatory)
Information Systems (mandatory)
Business Resources (third and optional unit)
Students will be assessed and graded (Distinction, Merit or Pass) through successful completion of assignments which mainly take the form of reports and presentations.

Year 13

During the second year of this course, students will study a further three units:
Computer Systems
The Business Environment
Students will again be assessed through successful completion of their assignments consisting of case studies, reports and presentations and be awarded a final grade which could be either a Distinction star (D*), Distinction, Merit or Pass. This level 3 qualification gives full credit towards UCAS points should a student wish to apply for university entry, .