Within the Computing department we pride ourselves in giving students a variety of KS4 qualification choices to best meet their interests and needs. To prepare students for the different computing pathways available to them we ensure that the KS3 curriculum meets not only the national curriculum requirements but gives students the key skills they will need for success at KS4.
We have three qualifications at KS4 that lead directly on from KS3 Computing; BTEC Creative Media, BTEC Digital Information Technology and GCSE Computer Science. Careful identification of key topics from each course has been identified and these are covered at KS3. Further to this you will see that where a key topic forms a large part of assessment at KS4 or the skill is needed across more than one of the KS4 subjects, then more time and practice has been given to that key skill at KS3.
BTEC Digital Information Technology – Curriculum Intent:
Level 2 BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology, offers students a fantastic opportunity to learn how the technology in our everyday world is designed and developed with the user in mind. In addition the course offers students the opportunity to learn practical ICT skills developing user interfaces and manipulating data sets, furthermore students will develop project planning skills used in the real-world of industry.
This course is a great stepping stone towards level 3 qualifications in technology subjects, and a potential future career involving design, ICT, project planning and project management.
In year 9 – Students will study user interfaces and how they are developed to allow us to control digital devices, in addition students will design, implement and evaluate their own interface for a given scenario.
In year 10 – Students will study the theory behind the use of Digital Information Technology and how it is used in the world around us.
In year 11 – Students will develop an understanding of data processing and develop practical data manipulation skills that can be highly sought after by employers, when they’re recruiting employees to take up Digital Information Technology-based roles within their organisations.
Component 1 – This is an internally assessed ‘coursework’ component, carried out in controlled conditions during lesson time. It is comprised of 3 areas and constitutes 30% of the final grade. Students will study user digital user interfaces and project planning techniques.
Component 2 – This is an internally assessed ‘coursework’ component, carried out in controlled conditions during lesson time. It is comprised of 3 areas and constitutes 30% of the final grade. Students will study data analysis and electronic data manipulation techniques.
Component 3 – This is an externally assessed written exam component. It constitutes 40% of the final grade and is comprised of 4 key areas:
- A – Effective Digital Working Practices
- B – Digital Security
- C – Legal and Ethical Use of Technology
- D – Interpreting Data and Flow Charting