Computing and IT Curriculum

Computing/IT runs for the following year groups. Click on the links below to jump to a particular course:

 

Year 9 IT/Computing

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to IT and Computing at Queen Elizabeth High School including the professional side of e-Safety as they become more digital-savvy citizens. They will learn about the importance of design accuracy as well as a selection of new software tools covering a range of applications, including coding. We will also look at a series of encryption techniques and data security issues. Students will maintain an online resource to track their learning. 

Spring Term
This term will focus on the world of games design, from initial ideas through to working prototypes. This will be an extension of the activities from Transfer Day.

On-going assessment of skills, updating online resource.

Summer Term
Students will get the opportunity to experience a selection of coding languages and coding tools, some of which are used in our KS4 courses. This will give them insight into the similarities and differences between tools and languages, and hopefully nurture their confidence when using a new language.

On-going assessment of skills.

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Year 10 CiDA (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of website design through a series of design tasks. Each site will be designed, tested and evaluated in preparation for their first external assessment in January.

Spring Term
After completion of the controlled assessment, students will move in to the world of game design. Research and evaluation of the complete package for a game will take place, looking into what is successful and how things vary for different styles of games.

External Assessment: January (usually the second week).

Summer Term
Students will start to look at the coursework task for this unit and carry out a series of practice tasks to prepare them for elements of the assessment in Year 11. This will include learning about the game development software that they will use for the main part of their coursework.

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Year 10 GCSE Computing (exam board: AQA)

Autumn Term
Students will spend the first term of the course covering the underlying theory of computing. Topics such as data representation, hardware, software, networking and logic will be covered, along with a look at the moral and ethical considerations in the world of technology. They will also look at relevant legislation.

End of topic tests: end of October, December.

Spring Term
Students will start to look at programming tools and techniques. They will learn psuedo-code and put it into practice with a range of programming languages and environments.

Summer Term
Students will focus on preparing for the controlled assessment to be sat in the autumn term of Year 11.

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Year 11 CiDA (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will complete the learning element of the course and complete some practice pieces of work. The design phase of the coursework will start, followed by the start of the creation of their game.

Spring Term
The game will be completed alongside other key pieces of coursework such as testing, evaluation and advertising. They will start to construct their portfolio ready for assessment.

Summer Term
Students will complete testing and review of their portfolio before final submission.

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Year 11 GCSE Computing (exam board: OCR)

Autumn Term
Students will complete preparation for and carry out the 20-hour Non-Examined Assessment (coursework). 

Once completed, they will return to the theory content.

Internal Assessment : NEA in September/October, mock exams in November.

Spring Term
Students will complete the remaining theory topics and start revising the theory topics from Year 10.

Mock exam: March 2017.

Summer Term
Finally, students will prepare for their forthcoming examination.

External Assessment: May/June - two exam papers.

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Year 12 BTEC IT (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will cover the first internal unit relating to using social media in the business world. They will complete a report on how it can be used and exploited. Using this knowledge, they will plan, execute and evaluate a social media plan to promote a business or activity.

Students will also start the first external unit: creating systems to manage information. This involves learning about relational databases using Microsoft Access. Complexity and depth will increase, working towards the 10-hour practical exam.

Internal Assessment: first coursework assignment for social media (submission approx. December).

Spring Term
Students wil continue with their studies for both units of work.

Internal Assessment: final coursework assignment for social media (submission approx. Easter).

External Assessment: May 2018 (databases - 10 hours) 

Summer Term
Students will move to the second external assessment - Information Technology Systems. This covers a whole range of areas in the IT world - hardware, software, networking, security, data modelling and legislation. Preparing for external assessment in January of Year 13.

Internal Assessment: mid-July.

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Year 13 BTEC IT (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will complete the theory unit and prepare for the external exam in January.

Some students may also prepare for the January resit of the summer exam.

Internal Assessment: mid-October.

Spring Term
Students will start the final unit of coursework: Website Development. They will learn about the importance of good design and execution, and then go on to develop a functioning website for a specified client.

External Assessment: January 2018.

Summer Term
Students will complete the final parts of the Website Development unit. 

Some students may also prepare for the summer resit of the two external assessments.

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