Computer Science and ICT

Welcome to Computer Science and ICT

ICT (Information and Creative Technology) and Computer Science are two disciplines that involve the use of computers in modern society. ICT focuses on the use of programs and how software solutions are developed and deployed in business. Computing investigates how the programs we use are created. It also examines how computer hardware and software work on a logical and electronic level.

Contacts

Miss Kathryn Holliday - Teacher of Computer Science and ICT
Mrs Joanne Cummings – Head of ICT and Technology
Mr James Thynne - Teacher of Computer Science and ICT and Assistant Principal

Key Stage 3

The ICT and Computing course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE Computing course in Key Stage 4. Year 7 has a focus on basic ICT skills using Microsoft Office, computational thinking as well as programming using the micro:bit. Year 8 builds on programming skills using Visual Basic and HTML.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mrs J. Cummings (j.cummings@redcar.outwood.com)

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science

The OCR GCSE in Computer Science is split into 2 distinct areas
*Component 01 – Computer Systems
*Component 02 – Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming

Computer Systems
This part of the course allows students to explore the hardware and software that combine to make modern computer systems. Students will gain an understanding of how key components, such as the CPU and storage devices work, as well as how computers communicate and send data over networks. Beyond how computers function, students will also consider the moral, ethical and environmental impacts of computing as well as some of the key legislation related to computing and ICT

Computational thinking, Algorithms and Programming
This part of the course encourages students to think like a computer scientist. The main emphasis here is in problem solving in a way that leads to solutions that could be implemented on a computer system. Students will develop an understanding of some of the more common algorithms found in programming, such as binary search and bubble sort, as well as developing their programming skills. During Y11 students will also complete an independent 20 hour programming task to help develop their skills ready for the exam

Assessment

The OCR GCSE in Computer Science is assessed completely through written examinations taken at the end of Year 11. There are 2 exam papers, each worth 50% of the overall grade

*Component 01 – Computer Systems. Written exam paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks available
*Component 02 – Computational thinking, Algorithms and programming. Written exam paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks available

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs J Cummings (j.cummings@redcar.outwood.com)

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area. We currently run a support evening for Year 9 and 10 Computer Studies on a Monday and for year 11 on a Friday night.