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Computing and ICT

Computing and ICT

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident and productive use of ICT essential for everybody. As a result, the Computing & ICT department aims to give students a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.

At Co-op Academy Bebington we incorporate the use of computers and technology across the whole curriculum as technology is part and parcel of student’s everyday lives. The work across all Key Stages is designed to challenge students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems in the real world. In dedicated ICT suites students are taught how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, how to apply computational thinking, and how to make best use of information technology.

As a school we endeavour to increase each student’s capability in the use of ICT and provide support that will allow them to become confident and independent users of a wide range of technologies.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

KS3 students will follow a tailored scheme of work to meet the needs of developing the students’ knowledge and skills of using ICT. Students will have four lessons over a two week period in Year 7 and three lessons over a two week period in year 8.

Year 7 Year 8
  1. Using Computers Safely
  2. Spreadsheet Modelling
  3. Coding Through Kodu
  4. Games Programming in Scratch
  5. Algorithms
  6. First Steps in Small Basic
  7. Database Development
  8. BBC Microbits
  9. Database Development
  10. Python Art
  1. Computer Crime & Cyber Security
  2. Sound Manipulation in Audacity
  3. Graphics
  4. HTML & Web Design
  5. Introduction to Python
  6. Python – Next Steps
  7. Understanding Computers
  8. Networks
  9. Internet
  10. Investigating Future Technologies
  11. Modelling in Small Basic
  12. Animation in Flash

ICT and computing

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

KS4 students will be able to choose Computer Science or Creative iMedia as an option at KS4.

Computer Science

The GCSE Computer Science course enables students to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
  • develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts
  • gain practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals
  • develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing solutions
  • develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies
  • develop awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues
  • communicate computer science concepts and explain computational solutions clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology.

Computer Science Assessment
The Computer Science GCSE course is assessed through two external examinations, each worth 40% of the final course marks. The additional 20% is achieved by the completion of a programming task completed as a controlled assessment.

Future Options
This course supports students in their progression to courses in GCE Computer Science or BTEC Technical Levels in Computing with a clear knowledge and understanding of the subject.
Students will develop ‘underpinning’ concepts which are useful in many subjects, for example mathematics, science and engineering.
The course additionally provides the knowledge and skills leading to a wide range of careers including ;

  • Web Developer
  • Network Engineer
  • Games Developer
  • Multimedia Programmer
  • Systems Developer
  • Web Designer

Creative iMedia

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.

The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

R081: Pre-production skills R082: Creating digital graphics
Mandatory Unit Mandatory Unit
This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process. This unit builds on unit R081 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in that unit and vice versa. Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within the products it produces, to communicate messages effectively
R081: Pre-production skills assessment R082: Creating digital graphics assessment
Written paper OCR set and marked Centre assessed tasks OCR moderated

You can read the full course specification here


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT

Students apply practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace. The course has been designed in collaboration with a wide range of experts spanning the breadth of the sector and focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

The qualification includes the following three units of work, plus two optional units, which are assessed by means of external examination:

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT

  • Understand Computer Hardware
  • Understand Computer Software
  • Understand Business IT Systems
  • Understand Employability and Communication Skills used within an IT Environment
  • Understand Ethical and Operational Issues and Threats to Computer Systems

Unit 2 – Global Information

  • Understand where information is held globally and how it is transmitted
  • Understand the styles, classification and the management of global information
  • Understand the use of global information and the benefits to individuals and organisations
  • Understand the legal and regulatory framework governing the storage and use of global information
  • Understand the process flow of information
  • Understand the principles of information security

Unit 3 – Cyber Security

  • Understand what is meant by cyber security
  • Understand the issues surrounding cyber security
  • Understand the measures used to protect against cyber security incidents
  • Understand how to manage cyber security incidents

The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT is assessed by 100% exam in Year 12 and 70% Coursework / 30% Exam in Year 13.