Years 12 and 13
BTEC IT Level 3 QCF
Year 13 are currently following the QCF BTEC programme also called the Legacy BTEC.
This qualification is 100% coursework and covers units in Communication and employability skills for IT, Computer Systems, Information Systems, Impact of the use of IT on business systems and many more.
Students are required to complete a portfolio of work in a variety of formats demonstrating skills in researching, written and verbal communications much of the work is based on case studies and work is produced to meet a client brief.
Years 10 and 11
European Computer Driving Licence
This qualification is assessed by means of four externally set and marked on-line tests in word, spreadsheets, presentations and a synoptic unit on improving productivity. All four units must be passed – the first three have a pass mark of 75% and the final synoptic unit 55%.The overall grade is based on an average of the mark achieved in all four units an average of 70% is required to achieve a pass grade overall.
This is a well respected qualification which demonstrates that the student has achieved a high level of skill in a number areas of software use.
Years 7, 8 and 9
Computer Science, Digital Skills and Information Technology
The curriculum covered in years 7, 8 and 9 has changed in recent years following changes made by the government to encourage computer programming to be introduced to younger students and therefore to be able to fill a skills gap in the computing work place.
In Key Stage 3 the curriculum now covers computer science which includes an introduction to programming using programmes such as Logo and developing into more challenging work on programmes like Python, Little Man Computer and BBC Basic.
Students also cover a programme of study on Digital Skills which covers elements of Cyberbullying, Online Safety and a range of uses of IT skills.
Information Technology covers the traditional applications ensuring students have a good working knowledge of word, spreadsheet, presentations, database, desk top publishing, movie making and more
Year 11 are currently following the OCR GCSE in Computing. This covers two controlled assessments based on a given scenario and requiring students to develop programmes to respond to these needs. The controlled assessments are worth a total of 60% of the final grade and a written exam testing students’ theoretical knowledge is worth the final 40%.