Computing

Vision Statement – “We live in a world where our lives are surrounded by ever changing Computer-Based Technology. Our aim is to inspire the young minds of today to embrace this technology and to provide the knowledge/skills required for students to engage confidently with up to date developments in Compting by providing an exciting and challenging curriculum”.

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. Computer capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly. Computing is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

Here at Sandbach High School the department is committed to imparting to all students the practical competence, analytical ability and communication skills necessary to work with Computing Technology in later life.

The KS3 course aims to develop pupils’ computing and ICT capability by bringing together a range of computing theory, traditional ICT and creative projects. The government has moved towards more computing in lessons and Sandbach High School has been developing a new and exciting curriculum for pupils to enjoy.

In Key Stage 3, pupils receive 2 lessons of ICT/Computing a fortnight.

In year 7 pupils will cover:

    • Hardware/Software
    • Presentation design
    • Programming (using Scratch)
    • Spreadsheet Design
    • Control Systems
    • Binary Code
    • Boolean logic
    • Esafety
    • Video Editing

In year 8 pupils will cover:

      • Hardware/Software
      • Website development (HTML)
      • Programming (using Scratch)
      • Spreadsheet Design
      • Control Systems
      • Binary Code
      • Algorithms (Searching and Sorting)
      • ESafety

In year 9 pupils will cover:

      • Spreadsheet Design
      • Programming (text-based)
      • Web Authoring
      • Networking
      • Advanced Binary Code
      • Control Systems
In KS4 pupils have the option to develop their skills and knowledge with a range of Computing, ICT and Creative Media courses. The students are given the option to take a particular route with a mixture of traditional and vocational courses. These include; GCSE ICT,  Cambridge National in Creative Imedia and GCSE Computing. The department offers courses to suit a range of learning styles that will help pupils learn the skills, knowledge and understanding of Computing/ICT functions, environments and operations and creative developments in ICT.

OCR GCSE Information and Communication Technology

Candidates study a range of ICT systems, as used in the home, at school, and in society. Candidates need to be aware of current and emerging technologies and the impact that advances in technology may have on themselves and others.

The course is broken down to 60% controlled assessments (in house) and 40% exams.

Cambridge National in Creative iMedia

The Cambridge National in Creative iMedia provides candidates with high quality, industry-recognised qualification. It is a vocational qualifications that provide valuable opportunities for individuals to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding which will support entry into the Creative Media sector.
The course provides opportunities for candidates to develop skills and techniques in a wide range of multimedia assignments, e.g. animation, games design, digital photography, web design, sound and video.

The course is broken down to 75% coursework and 25% exam.

OCR GCSE Computing

This course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming and the physical technology itself.

The course is broken down to 20% controlled assessments (in house) and 80% exams.

BTEC Information and Creative Technology
This qualification provides students with an engaging and stimulating introduction to the fundamentals of information technology. They have the opportunity to gain the practical and creative skills, knowledge and understanding to design, make and review software programs, digital animation, websites or a mobile app. The course is vocational providing a more “hands-on” approach to learning.

The course is broken down to 75% coursework and 25% exam.

A level Information and Communication Technology
In the sixth form students have the opportunity to follow the OCR AS and A2 courses in ICT. The overall aim of the A level ICT course is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of ICT and to provide the knowledge and skills suitable for participation in an evolving information-based society. The course provides a focus to develop these skills whilst ensuring that students acquire a sound knowledge of ICT. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop interpersonal, academic and technical skills which will help them to meet career challenges in the future.
The ICT AS and Advanced GCE courses offer a coherent learning pathway through a series of units involving written examinations and coursework. Assessment is designed to give credit for what students can do as well as what they know. AS coursework is tested through Structured Practical ICT Tasks which are set by OCR, assessed by the Centre and externally moderated by OCR. A2 coursework is tested through an ICT Project which requires students to develop an ICT solution to a real-life problem.
ICT AS/Advanced GCE courses reflect the need to develop skills and attitudes that increase candidates’ abilities to address the social and ethical issues of technological advancements.

The course is broken down to 40% coursework and 60% exam.

OCR A level Computer Science  
This course gives students the opportunity to apply the academic principles of Computer Science learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science will improve computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.  
The course is broken down to 80% exam and 20% coursework.

Level 3 BTEC Creative Media Production

The UK’s creative industries include television and film, publishing and advertising, radio and computer games development. The Department for Culture, Media & Sport estimate that the creative industries are worth £36 billion a year and employ 1.5 million people in the UK. The UK’s creative industries have been identified as a strategic growth sector by the Government.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production has the purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the creative industries at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education in universities. The qualification will help learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts.
The course is broken into a variety of units which are all coursework based.