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 Computing (through Maths lessons)

Autumn Term
Students will be introduced to IT at Queen Elizabeth High School including the professional side of eSafety as they become more digital-savvy citizens. They will also learn about the key elements of technology that make up a computer system (both internal and external). Students will then learn about and use a range of different types of encryption and decryption techniques.

On-going assessment of skills.

Spring Term
Students will start to look at how programs work and are designed. In the second half of the term, they will design a computer game.

On-going assessment of skills.

Summer Term
Students will have the opportunity to develop and hone their programming skills.

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 second controlled assessment (A453).

Spring Term
Students will complete the remaining theory topics (databases, communications and networking, programming) and start revising the theory topics from Year 10.

Mock exam - March 2017.

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

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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.

Assessment: two coursework assignments (submission approx. October and December)

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

External assessment: May 2017 

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 2018.

Internal assessment - mid July.

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Year 13 BTEC IT (exam board: Edexcel)

Autumn Term
Students will identify and manage a project during this term (unit 17), using a range of tools to support them, including GANTT charts. In parallel, they will start to develop a spreadsheet system (unit 42) for a national department store.

Spring Term
Students will complete the final evaluation of units 17 and 42 before starting designing and developing their game for unit 22.

Summer Term
Students will complete the final parts of the games design unit – testing and evaluation.

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