Computing

YEAR 7
In Year 7 students are introduced to the Schools virtual learning environment (VLE) and the basics of common ICT applications. During the year basic programming concepts are introduced with block-based coding. Basic computer architecture such as the CPU and its internal components as a brain of the computer.

YEAR 8
In Year 8 students continue to build on previous knowledge exploring units such as e-safety, working with information and Excel. Students also continue to explore and develop computing skills moving from block-based coding to a text-based interface, using both KODU and Small Basic.

YEAR 9

Both ICT and Computer Science are options for students at Foxford. Year 9 further develops the skills needed for either of these pathways whilst enabling students to develop distinctions between the two subject areas. Students build on ICT skills completing a research project and developing an app. With Computer Science, students are introduced to Python and computer networking. E-Safety also continues and looks at cybercrime, fake news and the types of issues adults face in using computers and the internet.

Year 10 & 11

BTEC LEVEL 1 / 2 DIGITAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
30% CAB 1 (COURSEWORK TASK); 30% CAB 2 (COURSEWORK TASK); 40% WRITTEN EXAMINATION
This vocational qualification is delivered to students in Years 10 and 11. Students focus on CAB1 during the first year of the course, developing planning skills and producing a user interface. During both Year 10 and Year 11, students will also engage with theory work. They develop knowledge in effective digital working practices ahead of the written examination in Year 11. In Year 11, students complete CAB2 focusing on presenting data. Students work with large datasets, manipulating the data to be presentable, functional and above all useful.

BTEC LEVEL 3 ICT
ASESSMENT: WRITTEN EXAM 120GLH, COMPUTER BASED EXAM 90GLH, MANDATORY UNIT 60GLH, OPTIONAL UNIT 60GLH

GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Exam Board OCR

The OCR GCSE In Computer Science  is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Component 01: Computer systems

Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, 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.

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators.

Practical programming

Students are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s) during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Students will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular component 02 (section B).

YEAR 12
Students are introduced to the first coursework element, the mandatory unit – Unit 3 – Social Media. They will explore what underpins a successful social media marketing campaign and then undertake one for a client. Alongside this they will also explore the power of Databases as well as Unit 2 ahead of their first exam in the summer.

YEAR 13
Students will undertake their second piece of coursework – the Optional unit – Unit 5 – Spreadsheet modelling. Students will learn how to manipulate data in effective ways and to present information. The power of data and dashboards is investigated as they progress with this unit. Students also work on their main exam unit, Unit 1 ahead of their formal written exam.