From 2018 KS4 students had the option to choose either OCR GCSE Computer Science or OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia.
GCSE Computer Science
The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course will develop 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.
Year 10 and 11
This is a two year linear course with two exams and a controlled assessment. The course is covered using a blended approach to students learning with elements from the 3 strands running concurrently. The CA is attempted in Year 11 to a board set brief.
Computer systems (50%)
- Systems Architecture
- Wired and wireless networks
- Network topologies, protocols and layers
- System security
- System software
- Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (50%)
- Algorithms *
- Programming techniques
- Producing robust programs
- Computational logic
- Translators and facilities of languages
- Data representation
- Programming project – Year 11
- Programming techniques
- Testing and evaluation and conclusions
KS4 OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia Level 1/2
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart. They provide knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning. Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.
In year 10, pupils will complete two units of work – R081 and R082
In year 11, pupils will complete two units of work – R085 and R087
Unit R081: Pre-production skills – Externally assessment – exam 1hr 30 minutes
This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application.
On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and uses of a range of pre-production techniques. They will be able to plan pre-production of a creative digital media product to a client brief, and will understand how to review pre-production documents.
Learners studying the optional units will be able to apply knowledge and understanding gained in this unit to help develop their skills further during the completion of those units.
Unit R082: Creating digital graphics – internally assessed – 10 hours coursework time
This unit builds on unit R081 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in that unit and vice versa.
Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within the products it produces, to communicate messages effectively.
The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process.
On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics, and know where and how they are used. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.
Unit R085: Creating a multipage website – internally assessed – 10 hours coursework.
This unit builds on units R081 and R082 and learners will be able to apply skills, knowledge and understanding gained in those units. Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively in the creative digital media sector, whether for mobile phones or computers in all their forms. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website. On completion of this unit, learners will be able to explore and understand the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites, plan and create a multipage website and review the final website against a specific brief.
Unit R087: Creating interactive multimedia products – internally assessed – 10 hours coursework.
This unit builds on units R081 and R082 and learners will be able to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in those units. Interactive multimedia products are used widely in everyday life and the creative and digital media sector. They are used in computer games, mobile phone applications, presentations and many other areas. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of interactive multimedia products for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why interactive multimedia is used and what features are needed for a given purpose. It will enable them to interpret a client brief, and to use time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process when creating an interactive multimedia product. On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and properties of interactive multimedia products, be able to plan and create an interactive multimedia product to a client’s requirements and review it, identifying areas for improvement.
We would encourage all students to code as much as they can. Practical home learning tasks will be set from time to time and can be completed using free online development tools.
5 ways I can help my son/daughter
Parent Guide: Understanding Cyber Bullying http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/cyber_bullying/
E-Safety for Parents http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_esafety_parents.cfm
Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school. But your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well in ICT & Computing.
Look for opportunities to talk to your child about ICT and how it has changed our society, in so many ways. Children enjoy sharing what they are learning. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it’s more of a conversation than an interrogation.
Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work.