Welcome to Computer Science and ICT

ICT and Computer Science are different disciplines. below are the key areas of each discipline:

  • ICT – In ICT, students will learn relevant skills and use programs in the (word processing, spreadsheets, and). Students will also learn creative skills such as graphic design, web design, animation and video. The theory looks at the ‘online world’ and how we use technology in everyday life.
  • Computer Science – in Computer Science students look ‘under the bonnet’. They will learn about the hardware in a computer, how computers send and receive data, number systems and logic and computational thinking. Students will also learn how to program and through programming will develop key skills in problem solving and resilience by creating programs and debugging problems. There is a significant amount of Mathematics content in Computer Science.

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Key Stage 3

The ICT and Computer Science course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the OCR Computer Science (9-1) and Cambridge Nationals in ICT course in Key Stage 4. In Year 7, students work predominantly in developing ICT skills in preparation to access the curriculum in following years. In Year 8, students move on to a completely Computer Science curriculum including text based programming and computing theory content.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: T Kirkpatrick (t.kirkpatrick@grange.outwood.com)

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science
- Computer Systems
- Computational Thinking
- Algorithms
- Programming

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science is assessed with two exams at the end of the course. Each exam counts for 50% of the final grade. Learners must complete a piece of programming coursework, but this does not count towards the final grade.
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: T Kirkpatrick (t.kirkpatrick@grange.outwood.com)

Cambridge Nationals in ICT
- Understanding Computer Systems
- Using ICT to Create Business Solutions
- Handling Data Using Spreadsheets
- Creating Digital Images

Cambridge Nationals in ICT is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: T Kirkpatrick (t.kirkpatrick@grange.outwood.com)

Key Stage 5

OCR CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS LEVEL 3: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

- Students complete units in the following topic areas
- Fundamentals of IT
- Global Information
- Application Design
- Product Development
- Website Development

OCR CAMBRIDGE TECHNICALS LEVEL 3: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: t.kirkpatrick@grange.outwood.com

OCR: A LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE

Characteristics of hardware
Software and software development
Programming
Exchanging data & networking
Data types, structures and algorithms
Principles of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms
Analysing, designing and developing a solution for a real world scenario

A LEVEL COMPUTER SCIENCE is assessed in the following way:

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: t.kirkpatrick@grange.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities for Computer Science & ICT

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.