Computing / ICT
Welcome to Claremont High School Academy's Computing/ICT Department webpage. The way ICT is taught in schools has changed. Computer Science is going to become part of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) to give young people a better understanding of computer programming and computing solutions. Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. Claremont High School Academy is successfully delivering this new Computing curriculum outlined by the Government in its recent consultation on curriculum change.
The Computing / ICT department at Claremont focuses delivering lessons which allow us to develop and extend our students knowledge in Computing and ICT. Our curriculum consists of a mixture of Computing and IT including Programming, web-design, spreadsheets, word processing, databases, desk-top publishing, and how to stay safe online. The Computing/ICT department comprises of 4 specialist teaching rooms, containing 30 Student Desktop PCs in each room.
Computing and ICT at Claremont is a well established department offering Computing and ICT to all students at KS3, KS4 and KS5. The subject specialist teachers in the department, are committed, enthusiastic and dedicated to providing all students with the opportunity to excel in the Computing and ICT curriculum. From year 9 learners can specialise in either ICT or Computer Science and continue with this choice on to GCSE and Level 3 qualifications.
Computer Science and ICT Roadmap for CHSA
COVID Recovery curriculum
Due to the effects of COVID on the education of our learners we have produced a recovery curriculum to make sure learners do not miss out on their key learning. The department has endeavoured to keep the SOW largely the same as previous years for all year groups but will provide extra lessons where learners have missed learning opportunities needed to access course content. Details of the content missed and the departments rationale for managing the situation are contained in the document below.
Key Stage 3
- Computing at KS3 is taught by using Scratch and Python applications in which they make their own computer programs.
- Pupils are also working on various projects such as designing a computer network, financial modelling using spreadsheets and using graphical Design tools.
- Year 8’s get to choose either Computer Science or ICT as an option for Year 9
- Computer Science is recommended for those learners who have demonstrated a competance in programming and computational thinking and wanting to go on to study Computer Science GCSE.
- ICT is recommended for those who may struggle with CS content but still wish to gain further competancy in a computer related course
- Use the links below to see the KS3 course in more detail.
Key Stage 4 (OCR)
GCSE Computer Science (OCR exam board)
- The course consists of a controlled assessment project and 2 exams. The course has recently changed and will be awarded 1-9.
- Year 10 will develop the programming skills required for the NEA - Non Exam Assessment in year 11 while learning theory for the Computational thinking, algorithms and programming exam which makes up 50% of the course
Cambridge National Level 1 and 2 in Information Technologies (OCR exam board)
Learners will be assessed with an exam unit worth 50% of the course and a project worth the remaining 50% of the course.
Unit 1: “Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions” an exam of 1 hour 45 minutes.
Learners will need to understand...
- the tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and plan solutions
- how data and information can be collected, stored and used
- the factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information
- the different methods of processing data and presenting information.
Unit 2: “Developing technological solutions” an internally assessed coursework project.
Learners should be able to...
- initiate and plan a solution to meet an identified need
- import and manipulate data to develop a solution to meet an identified need
- select and present information in the development of the solution to meet an identified need
- iteratively review and evaluate the development of the solution.
Key Stage 5
Level 3 BTEC IT (Edexcel exam board). This course has recently been updated to the new BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology.
- This course is assessed by 42% coursework and 58% examination.
- In Year 12 learners will complete Unit 1 - Information Technology Systems which will take 120 hours of learning and require an exam at the end of the year. The learners will also complete Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business which will require learners to create their own social media marketing campaign.
- In Year 13 learners will learn the theory and skills required to complete Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information and then complete the practical exam in June. They will also complete Unit 6 Website development coursework unit. All learners will have the opportunity to resit the Unit 1 exam in Year 13.
- The BTEC Level 3 Nationals in IT are recognised and respected by employers, professional institutions and higher education establishments alike.
A Level Computer Science (OCR exam board). We are now offering A Level Computer Science.
- This course is assessed by 20% coursework project and 80% examination.
- The course is delivered by 2 members of staff so learners will learn Component 1 Computer Systems theory in one class while learning programming techniques in Component 2 (Algorithms and Programming).
- In Year 13 learners will start the NEA Programming Project Component 03 where they will need to use the systems lifecycle to create a software to solve a problem. Learners will also continue to learn and revise theory from Component 1 and 2.
- The final exams will be at the end of Year 13.
- The A Level Computer Science course is a highly technical course that is valued by employers and higher education providers. It is a great way of furthering and interest in the field and adding valuable skills that can be applied to many industries.
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