Computer Education and ICT

Lead School for Computing and CAS Hub

Myton has been designated a Lead School by the organisation, Computing at School. The award reflects our school’s expertise in and commitment to computing and means we will take a lead in the area, cascading good practice and experience to other schools.

We have also just become a CAS Hub, which means we will be a hosting meetings, bringing together a wealth of teaching expertise and sharing informal training in our subject. This includes people from universities and schools and will aim to develop links with local communities.

Key staff and contact details

Mrs Michelle Buxton, Head of Computer Education: buxton.m@myton.co.uk

Mr K McRoy: mcroy.k@myton.co.uk

Mr S Johnson: johnson.s@myton.co.uk

Key Stage 3

Computer Education is an integral part of learning at Myton and starts in Year 7 with introductions to ICT concepts and programming. In Year 8 students continue to develop their skills in web design, animation, graphics manipulation and continuing development of programming skills. Key Stage 3 prepares students well for their GCSE choices within the ICT Department. Students are offered a choice from one or more of the following courses:

CiDA – Certificate in Digital Applications

Our CiDA qualification aims to empower students to play an active role in the digital sector rather than being simply consumers of digital content. Tailor-made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries, the qualifications cover imaging, creative multimedia and website development.

CiDA qualifications are ideal for students who want the opportunity to explore and acquire a broad understanding and knowledge of the creative digital industries, and the ability to apply that knowledge in practical contexts.

CiDA is a single award with 120 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). It is equivalent in size to a GCSE and graded A*-C.

Students who successfully achieve CiDA at Level 2 will be awarded grades A*-C, which are equivalent in value to GCSE grades 9-5/4.

Creative iMedia

This qualification will assess the application of creative media skills through their practical use and one external exam. This course will provide learners with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve their learning in other subjects with the aim of enhancing their employability when they leave education. The qualification will encourage independence, creativity and awareness of the digital media sector.

Level 2 Certificate in Creative iMedia will appeal to learners interested in working in the creative and digital media sectors. It provides them with the core skills for scoping, planning and creating products and assets for each piece of coursework and encourages creativity and originality with a vocational focus.

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products such as websites, digital video or audio.

It is vital that students who opt for this course have good computer skills to complete the controlled assessment tasks and good time management, as they will only have a set time to complete each controlled assessment, of which the topic is set by the exam board and not the school. Literacy is a very important part of the controlled assessment as this impacts on students’ overall mark.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Students will complete the following mandatory units:

  • R081 – Pre-production skills (External exam)
  • R082 – Creating digital graphics (Internal controlled assessment)

Followed by optional controlled assessments which may include Comic strips, Digital animation or multipage websites.

One unit is assessed externally with a written examination; the other three units are internally assessed. The externally assessed unit is worth 25% of the qualification. Those internally assessed will be assignment tasks and could include reports, presentations and other portfolio assessments.

An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all students who successfully complete all units. Grades awarded are Pass at level 2 (P2), Merit at level 2 (M2), Distinction at level 2 (D2) or Distinction * at level 2 (*2). Students must complete all units to a level 2 to achieve a level 2 qualification overall.
By the end of the course students are expected to produce 3 controlled assessment pieces which are all timed at 10 hours each, which must be completed in class supervised. The external exam is a hand written paper examination.

GCSE Computing

This course gives students a real, in depth 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.

The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science, technology and medicine.

Below is a summary of the course details for GCSE Computer Science:

Component 1: Computer systems

  • Exam Based
  • 1hr 30mins
  • 50% of the GCSE

In this unit, students will cover topics such as: Systems architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, protocols and layers, Network security, System software, Moral, social, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Component 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

  • Exam Based
  • 1hr 30mins
  • 50% of the GCSE

In this unit, students will cover topics such as: Translators and facilities of languages, Algorithms, High- and low-level programming, Computational logic, Data representation

Component 3: Programming project

Approx 20 hr project

Students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to use the following criteria effectively:

  • Programming techniques
  • Design
  • Development
  • Effectiveness and efficiency
  • Technical understanding
  • Testing, evaluation and conclusions

Through this study of computer science theory and programming, the course will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills.

Revision

The following are the websites which students find useful when revising for the exam:

Students need to make use of a wide range of these resources in order to fully prepare for the exam.

Post-16

Students can continue their studies and prepare themselves for entry into further education at university, training or apprenticeships by taking A Levels in both ICT and Computing where they will continue to learn techniques with software, coding and networking.

Whether students are interested in following a career in ICT, Programming, Systems Analysis, or just want to have the edge over other students in the modern digital world, Myton offers them real opportunities to be at the forefront with skills in industry-standard software and programming skills in languages behind major players in the world of ICT such as Facebook, YouTube and Industrial Light and Magic (the company behind productions such as Star Wars).

Computer Science A Level

Information Technology Post 16

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