Information Communication technology
Purpose of study
- The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Buildings on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Aims of the new Computing curriculum
The curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
OCR GCSE COMPUTING
This carefully planned course gives students a real, indepth understanding of how computer technology works.
It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.
Unit title and description Assessment and duration Weighting
Unit A451: Computer systems and programming
1 hour 30 minutes Written paper 80 marks 40%
Unit A452: Practical investigation
45 marks 30%
Unit A453: Programming Project
Students will need to:
Develop suitable algorithms
Design suitable input and output formats
Identify suitable variables and structures
Identify test procedures
To show functionality
To show how it matches the design criteria
.45 marks 30%
Cambridge Nationals Certificate ICT Level 2
This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. The everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives. This new Cambridge Nationals in ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives. Three themes are covered: business information systems, creative and technical.
This qualification involves three pieces of course work and a written exam.
Written paper 1 Hour (25%)
This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.
Using ICT to create business solutions (25%)
This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that would equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. This unit complements unit R001. In unit R001 learners will study the computer system on which applications software sits and consider the implications of working with data to create content, while in this unit they will work with ‘office applications software to edit and format/create content to meet specified business purposes.
Creating an interactive product using multimedia components (25%)
This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product. Interactive products are used widely in everyday life; from visiting a website, ordering online products, using mobile phone applications, viewing a presentation, e-learning products or playing computer games.
On completion of this unit learners will be able to show how the interactive product meets both the user needs and extends their capability within the use of applications software such as website development.
Creating digital images (25%)
We live, learn, work and play in a very visual world. Whether we like it or not digital images influence our actions and thoughts – persuading us to buy one product instead of another, instructing us to go this way rather than that, explaining a complicated scientific concept and portraying an emotion or expressing a feeling using powerful digital art. With or without words successful digital images will convey their message effectively so that the viewer receives and understands it – and can then act upon it. The most famous type of digital image is a logo or brand concept. Large companies will spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on their brand image (such as the London 2012 logo; BBC One re-branding) and may re-brand products many times over their life. Pepsi has had 11 re-brandings: The graphic design industry is big business.
On completion of this unit learners will be able to create a digital image that communicates the intended message effectively, meeting the client’s needs, and they will have extended their capability within the use of digital editing software packages.
If you take a GCSE in Computing and then go on to study the subject at A Level or university, you’ll have an advantage over fellow students who are picking up the subject at these higher levels. The increasing importance of information technologies means there’ll be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this field.
The course is also an excellent preparation if you want to study or work in areas that rely on the skills you’ll develop, especially where they’re applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.
If you study Cambridge Nationals Certificate ICT Level 2 routes into further education are:
Levels 2 & 3
Level 2 & 3
Level 2 & 3