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Computer Science and Creative Media

ICT at Key Stage 3

ICT at Key Stage 3

Caedmon College Whitby has invested heavily in ICT hardware and software. For this reason we now have eight fully equipped computer suites across both Normanby and Scorseby sites.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

At KS3 the College is in the process of switching from an ICT based curriculum to a computing curriculum, in order to meet the requirements of the new Computing Curriculum from 2104. This includes an increased emphasis on the use of a wider range of digital technologies to enhance productivity and creativity, as well as introducing key core computing concepts.

At Key Stage 3 the curriculum has four key strands:

  1. Digital Literacy (DL)
  2. Digital Citizenship (DCT)
  3. Digital Creativity (DC)
  4. Computing (C)

Digital Literacy
Our students will learn

  • to be proficient in using a range of digital online/offline applications
  • how to transfer skills from one application to another
  • how to use search engines effectively
  • how to identify accurate information in the digital world
  • what the cloud is and how to utilise cloud services
  • to use blogs, social networks and other online digital tools

Digital Citizenship
Our students will learn

  • to understand the possible dangers they can face online
  • to be responsible when using social networks, technology and other online tools
  • to learn how to deal with situation they may encounter online
  • to understand the impact ICT has on the world around them
  • the positive and negative effects of ICT on their lives
  • to learn how to use privacy setting on social networks

Digital Creativity
Our students will learn

  • to consider audience and purpose when designing and creating digital products
  • the importance of evaluating existing digital content
  • how to effectively combine text and media to produce effective digital products
  • to learn how to effectively edit, repurpose and combine digital elements.
  • to be effective when working independently as well as when collaborating with team
  • the importance of self and peer evaluation

Computer Science
Our students will learn

  • to be able to create interactive games by using a visual programming language
  • to learn a textual programming language and related computational terminology
  • to learn about the hardware components inside a computer/tablet/smartphone
  • to learn what an operating system is and why it is used
  • to understand the history of Computer Science, as well as key figures in history
  • to understand what an algorithm is and why they are used
  • to have a basic understanding how search engines work
  • to learn what local area networks are
  • to have a basic understanding of how the internet works

Assessment is conducted throughout the year particularly during key units. A variety of assessment methods are used from testing to Assessment for Learning which focuses on the work produced by students and their understanding.

An annual plan is available that shows the range of units delivered throughout the year. All units have a large literacy and numeracy focus to help embed these fundamental skills throughout the College.

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

CiDA

The certificate in digital applications is equivalent to one GCSE and is a creative, practical course. The course includes the creative use of ICT software to create websites and a variety of website products including video editing, animation and digital graphics.

Why study CIDA?
CIDA is an optional subject for those students who like to use creative computer software to express their ideas, designs and creative ICT skills. Many careers require good attainment in ICT skills.

What you will study
The course follows on from your Key Stage 3 lessons and includes a deeper study into website design and web based products.

How you will be assessed
The course has two assessments – one coursework based unit and one controlled assessment examination.

Where can the subject lead?
Any career involving ICT, computing, web design and network management.

“Technology gives the quietist student a voice.”

GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science is worth one GCSE and investigates how computers and their languages work. The course includes practical computer programming as well as theoretical concepts.

Why study Computer Science?
Computer science is an optional subject and is part of the Government’s Baccalaureate (EBacc) program. Many careers require good attainment in ICT and computer science skills.

What you will study
The course follows on from your KS3 lessons and includes a deeper investigation into:

  • computer systems
  • computational thinking
  • programming languages.

There will also be lots of problem solving and practice exam questions.

How you will be assessed
The course is assessed by two final examinations, one exam in computer systems and one exam in computational thinking. The programming element is not formally assessed as part of your final grade but it is a vital component in preparing students for the computational thinking exam.

Where can the subject lead?
Any career involving ICT, computing, web design and network management.

“Everybody should learn how to programme a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” – Steve Jobs

BTEC Creative Media

BTEC Creative Media

What will I study?
This qualification is an introduction to creative digital media production. Learners will develop an understanding of the media industry through analysing media representations, pitching and producing media projects. It is designed for post-16 learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the media industries, as part of a programme of study alongside other BTEC Nationals or A-levels.

What do students do afterwards?
This vocational course will develop many desirable transferable skills which may result in employment in a creative industry or lead to higher education. Students develop their knowledge of digital processes and software through practical projects which give them an advantage if applying for entry level roles in marketing, media sales or website design, updating and hosting.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1 and Unit 8 – external exam; Unit 4 and Unit 12 – internally assessed.

What can I do to prepare?
Talk to other students who are already doing the course and ask them what they have done or wish they had done. We will give you a full bridging programme when you finish your GCSEs and we can help you with any bits you are stuck on.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the BTEC Creative Media course units as they developed many skills that I rely on today at work. I went on to Sunderland University to study Computer Science and now work for BMW in their computing Department.” – Jamie Cook