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Our relationship with (and use of) technology dictates our place in society. To be successful in the modern world not only do you need to be a confident user of IT but you also need some understanding of how things work. During IT lessons at BBA you will be taught the necessary skills to use and create new technologies by a team of highly motivated and enthusiastic teachers. We aim to equip you with skills that can be applied to any career path

 

 

 

Key stage 3

The academy have very clear age related expectations at KS3, students are issued with knowledge organisers for each unit to help them remember what they’re learning.  Pupils continually revisit what they are learning so that this can be learnt and not simply ‘covered as part of the curriculum.

At present students in Y7 and Y8 have 50 minutes of computing a week.

 

Assessment

Assessment at Key stage 3 takes the form of online assessments.  The assessments are analysed by teachers and gaps in learning then revisited where appropriate.


 

 

key stage 4

Choose from the following options:

GCSE Computer Science
Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

 

GCSE Computer Science

Exam board:  OCR

  • Gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
  • Provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science.
  • Develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

 

Assessment Overview:

Component

Marks

Duration

Weighting

Computer Systems (01)

Calculators not allowed

80

1 hour 30 mins

50%

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)*

80

1 hour 30 mins

50%

 

Next steps:

A-level Computing, or any other A-levels that involves problem solving.

BSc in Computer Science or other computer related fields.

Possible careers:

Computer science is seen as a rigorous academic discipline. The skills developed in computer science are transferrable and could be used in any chosen career path.

If you have a keen interest in computers and programming potential careers could be:

  • Web Developer
  • IT Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Network Optimisation Engineer
  • Network Support Engineer
  • Computer Science Teacher
  • IT Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Sales & Marketing Executive
  • Information Analyst
  • Graduate Management Trainee
  • IT Implementation Support Analyst
  • IT Help Desk Supervisor
  • Business Analyst
  • Assistant Project Planner
  • Enterprise Risk Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Founder of start-up
  • Self Employed

For more information please visit: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

 

 

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia  (Vocational)            

Exam board: OCR

This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

The hands on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

The mandatory units of pre-production and creating digital graphics underpin the qualification and reflect key industry skills. The pre-production skills unit is assessed through an examination and contributes 25% of the marks for the Certificate size qualification.

Assessment:

Units

Qualification Title

GLH

Mandatory

R081: Pre-production skills

Written Paper 1 hour 15 mins

30

R082: Creating Digital Graphics

Centre assessed task, OCR moderated

30

R085: Creating a multipage website

Centre assessed task, OCR moderated

30

R087: Creating interactive multimedia products

Centre assessed task, OCR moderated

30

 

You will be assessed on this course through one exam  (R081 Pre- Production Skills worth 25%), and three pieces of controlled assessment (R082 Creating digital graphics, R085 Creating a multipage website, R087 Creating interactive multimedia products each worth 25% of the overall grade).

 

Next steps:

Cambridge Nationals provide a strong base for progression to Further Education, whether it is on to our Level 3 Cambridge Technicals or A Levels, apprenticeship or work. Possible Careers:

This course is an excellent foundation for students as the ICT skills are transferable to the workplace.

 

For more information please visit: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/

 

For the Curriculum Booklet complete with Knowledge Organisers please click here.