“Computing lets people express their creativity and unlock solutions, and code is Computing’s universal language. All young people, including girls, deserve to be fluent in the language of the future.“
CEO & Founder, NCWIT
In the fast changing world of Technology, it is vitally important that our students are digitally literate, able to use ICT as tool both during and after their time at Settle College and have a good foundation of knowledge and understanding in Computer Science. We strive to help students become independent learners, effective problem solvers and creative thinkers.
Key Stage 3
- To develop skills and understanding in desktop software
- To develop knowledge on e-safety and how to protect yourself
- To create an interactive web page using HTML and CSS
- Develop a basic understanding of what is inside a computer and how networks work
- Introduce students to programming through the new BBC micro:bit and game software
- To further understanding and skills in desktop software
- Develop skills in web design software
- Develop further understanding of computer structure and how it works
- To investigate the question “What is Artificial Intelligence?” and develop programming skills further using text based language
- Use of animation software
- Develop understanding of programme structures and produce apps for android phones or tablets
- Deeper investigation into how a digital device actually process instructions
- Further develop application of skills in data gathering and analysis software
- Develop programming skills further to make retro apps, magic 8 ball and etch a sketch
- Our Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to leave Year 9 with a recognised Vocational GCSE qualification: TLM Level 2 Certificate for IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise.
Key Stage 4
TLM Information Technology Qualification
This recognised vocational qualification, offered in Year 9, is equivalent to a GCSE grade A* to C. It is split into two components, coursework and an exam.
The coursework comprises a minimum of six units which cover a variety of topics, varying from word and spreadsheet software to using mobile IT devices. There is flexibility on the units chosen, therefore we allow the students as a group to have a say in what units will be covered. Students must have completed all of their coursework fully before they are allowed to sit the exam.
The exam is online and covers the mandatory units included in the coursework as well as the general use of IT.
What happens in this course?
As mentioned above, some units are negotiable between the class and the teacher. The following units are being studied this year:
Improving Productivity Using IT
This is a mandatory project planning unit, requiring students to demonstrate their ability to plan, prepare, implement and review their projects.
IT Security for Users
This is a mandatory unit. Students will need to identify e-safety risks and apply their knowledge though safe working practice online.
Students will develop their skills in data collection and analysis using spreadsheet software, providing evidence of their skill via a spreadsheet model.
Students will further their graphic software abilities, editing and creating both vector and bitmap images to produce a set of graphic products for a given purpose.
Students demonstrate that they can compose a professional email, can respond to and send emails, and that they know how to use the tools available to organise their mailbox and automate replies.
Students demonstrate their ability to generate a variety of effective and appropriate documents.
Students will prove their proficiency in this topic by demonstrating effective use of a range of tools and wizards in the software.
IT Communication Fundamentals
This unit looks at good practice in IT communication. Students will need to prove that their communication skills are accurate and effective.
This can be anything not covered in the available units. Students could choose to use game editing software, app development or 3D animation.
GCSE in Computer Science
This three unit course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
Students don’t need to have studied this subject before, and assessment is based on a written exam, a practical investigation and programming tasks.
What happens in this course?
This Computer Science GCSE is a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can also be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. The GCSE is broken up in to 3 parts:
- The computer systems and programming unit will teach students the theory about a wide range of issues such as hardware and software, the representation of data in computer systems, databases, computer communications and networking, programming and more. This is worth 40% of the final grade and is accessed via an exam.
- The practical investigation is all about engaging with computing in the real world. Students will look at a computing topic in more depth and carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue. This is worth 30% of the final grade and is completed through Controlled Assessment.
- The programming project calls on students to design “code” and test a solution to three tasks using a suitable programming language. This is worth 30% of the final grade and is completed through Controlled Assessment.
Staff Names and Roles
Mrs E Partridge – Subject Leader ICT, Second in Technology
Mr G Scott – Teacher and Subject Leader Technology, Director of Technology Specialism
Key Stage 5
Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Information Technology
A Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is a two-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A-Level programmes or other Cambridge Technical courses. The full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-Level. The Cambridge Technical Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS-Level.
Mrs E Partridge (Subject Leader), Mr G Scott
“I have enjoyed the computer structure course, taking computers apart and learning about how each part works. Overall, the subject is really interesting, you learn new things that you don’t notice in everyday life that you would just take for granted. I have noticed that it helps you with life skills and teaches you new ones such as how you should communicate in a job interview as well as learning about the subject.”
Course Requirements – 4 GCSEs Grade C or above including Grade 5 or above in English or Maths. Grade 5 or above in Computing or an ICT qualification is preferred but not conditional
In Year 12 students will study the following:
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT
Unit 2 – Global Information
Unit 3—Cyber Security
In Year 13 students will study 2 of the following list ,based on staff and student preference:
Unit 8 – Project Management
Unit 9 – Project Development
Unit 11 – Systems Analysis and Design
Unit 8 – Internet of Everything
(Units may be subject to change)
How will I be assessed?
Vocational subjects changed in 2016. In the past, students were assessed 100% by their portfolio work. From 2016, there is a mixture of assessment. Units in Year 13 will be set and marked by the class teacher. Unit 1, 2 and 3 will be assessed by external examinations.
Students’ work will be graded pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-Level and carries UCAS points. The Cambridge Technical Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS-Level and carries UCAS points too.
Students who have followed this course have gone on to a wide range of courses and careers in apprenticeships and Higher Education courses, including programming and game design.
Employer and Higher Education Institution Recognition
The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.
They are industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.