The Computer Science department aims to give students the opportunity to build upon their prior computing knowledge and develop skills such as computer programming, hardware & software development, graphic design, website design and networking systems. During their time at Grace Academy, students will complete units in Computer Science, ICT & Media, and students are given the opportunity to undertake a range of project-based work to enable them to develop and extend their knowledge, and make links between concepts.
Within Computer Science we the topics we teach continually link back to prior learning which reinforces understanding and helps students to make links between concepts and topics. This linking back approach is designed to help students become more confident in tackling theorical concepts, creative elements, and enable them to be resilient when approaching exam questions.
COMPUTER SCIENCE STAFF:
Mr J. Pountney – Head of IT & Computer Science
Mr C. Dean – Teacher of IT & Computer Science
Mr M. Cheung – Teacher of IT & Computer Science
Students in Year 7, 8 & 9 will complete a range of topics that cover a range of computer-based disciplines: Computer Science, ICT & Media. Lessons are built around the National Curriculum, and where possible linked to real world scenarios to help build understanding and translate physical elements into digital ones. Students are given a range of project based work based around client requirements and target audiences to help focus of specific features when creating a product solution. The KS3 curriculum covers a wide range of content designed to help prepare them for the GCSE courses on offer. Students are assessed by the completion of half-termly assessments which will cover content from that half terms topics, as well as previous units.
Our GCSE Cambridge National iMedia course starts in Year 10, and follows the OCR specification. The course consists of four units each with a 25% weighting. There is one written exam unit and three coursework units. Lessons frequently link back to prior learning from previous units in KS3 & KS4 in order to help students recognise the links between the topics they have covered, and support them to develop joined up thinking. Students are assessed through the completion of half-termly assessments which will cover content from that half terms topics, as well as previous units.
In Year 10, students will complete a PPE exam in January and have their first attempt at the real exam unit in June. Also, during Year 10, students will complete one of the three coursework units – Creating Digital Graphics.
In Year 11, depended on the results of the real Year 10 exam unit, students will complete three sets of PPE exams in October, January and March to track progress. Students will have the option to resit the exam unit in the summer of Year 11 based on their teachers decision. Also, during Year 11, students will complete the final two coursework units – Designing a Computer Game Concept and Developing a Website.
Units include: R081 – Pre Production Documents; R082 – Digital Graphics; R085 – Website Development; R091 – Computer Game Design
Our Post16 students have the opportunity to complete either the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate or the BTEC Diploma in IT.
Both courses include the external exam units ‘Creating Systems to Manage Information’ and ‘Information Technology Systems’ as well as the internally assessed units ‘Social Media for Business’ and ‘Data Modelling’. The Diploma also contains the additional external exam unit ‘Cyber Security & Incident Management’ and additional internally assessed units ‘Programming’, ‘Project Management’ and ‘Mobile App Development’.
The BTEC IT Extended Certificate is equivalent in size to 1 A Level, whilst the BTEC IT Diploma is equivalent in size to 2 A Levels.
Diploma. As above plus:
Unit 7 – Mobile App Development; Unit 9 – Project Management