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Students study a variety of skills, learning how to use the computer efficiently as well as understanding how the computer works, to prepare them for the study of ICT or CS at KS4.
Year 7: students learn about email, e-safety, spreadsheets, Scratch programming, hardware, databases, animation and vector drawing
Year 8: students study e-safety, web publishing, micro:bit programming, spreadsheets, understanding computers, databases, multimedia
Year 9: students build on skills already acquired in Years 7 and 8 as well as learning new skills: e-safety, web publishing, Python programming, spreadsheets, cybersecurity, databases, photo editing
Pupils have the option to study ICT and/or Computer Science at GCSE
The iGCSE ICT course is made up of three sections:
1) The theory aspect covers types and components of computer systems; input and output devices; storage devices and media; networks; the effects of using IT, including the effects of IT on employment, on working patterns within organisations and microprocessor-controlled devices in the home; ICT applications, including applications in manufacturing industry, school management systems, booking systems, banking applications and computers in medicine; the systems life cycle; safety and security, including physical safety and e-safety; audience, including legal, moral, ethical and cultural appreciation; communication, including email and the internet.
2) Practical paper: Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations
3) Practical paper: Data analysis and Website authoring
Examination Board/Code: CIE iGCSE ICT 0417
The iGCSE Computer Science course is made up of two sections:
1) Theory of computer science – this covers binary system, hexadecimal, data storage, data transmission, security, internet principles of operation, logic gates, computer architecture, input and output devices, memory, operating systems and ethics.
2) Practical problem-solving and programming – students cover algorithm design and problem solving, programming (using Python) and databases.
Examination Board/Code: CIE iGCSE Computer Science 0984
Examination Board/Code: CIE A Level IT 9626
The syllabus encourages students to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Students study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, students gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general.
Paper 1 Theory:
Paper 2 Practical: covers Spreadsheets, Database and file concepts, Sound and video editing
Paper 3 Advanced Theory
Paper 4 Advanced Practical: Graphics creation, Animation, Mail merge, Programming for the web