“The IT industry is fast growing and it is expected that there will be 16,300 new jobs in this sector each year. This means there are always new opportunities and many of the jobs will require people with high level skills and qualifications”
The greatest demand will be for people with the skills and qualifications to work in: IT Networking, Business analysis, Systems integration, Web support, IT architecture and design and IT security. However, all sectors of employment will need people with skills and qualifications in IT. IT is a fast growing area that constantly changes. This makes people with latest skills and knowledge, in great demand. It is essential that people who work in this sector keep their skills up-to-date and we aim to give you those skills early on.
IT plays a major part in our everyday lives, we come into contact with it in all different shapes and forms. At Thomas Gainsborough School, we have developed an IT and Computing curriculum with pathways to meet learner needs and interest.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)
GCSE Computer Science
Course Leader: Mr Partrick
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Examination Board: Edexcel
Assessment: 20% Controlled Assessment, 80% External Written Examination
What does the course involve?
Component 1 – Principles of Computer Science (40%)
This section will assess all theoretical components which include:
Demonstrating an understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms. Understand the requirements for writing program code. Understand binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases. Understand components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret pseudo-code. Understand computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web. Demonstrate an awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.
Component 2 – Application of Computational Thinking (40%)
Based on a given scenario, the main focus of this component will be: Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms. Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms. The scenario may also draw upon the range of computational elements as listed in component one.
Component 3 – Practical Programming Project (20%)
This is a practical programming task that enables students to demonstrate their computational techniques using a programming language. Students will decompose problems into sub-problems, create original algorithms or work with algorithms produced by others to design, write, test and evaluate programs.
Students will develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts whilst gaining practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals. Students will develop an awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.
BTEC Firsts in Information and Creative Technology
(Current Year 10 & Year 10 from 2017)
Pearson, first teaching 2012
GCSE Information and Communication Technology (Year 11)
Edexcel, 2IT01, first teaching 201o, last assessments 2017
GCSE Computing Science A*-G (Year 11)
Edexcel, 1CP0, first teaching 2013, first assessment 2015
GCSE Computing Science 9-1 (Year 10 and Year 10 from 2017)
Edexcel, 1CP1, first teaching 2016, first assessments 2017
European Computer Driving License (Years 10 to 11)
ECDL is a well recognised, GCSE-equivalent qualification, assessed by four 45 minute practical tests.
BTEC National Extended Certificate – Computing Science
(Offered to Year 12 from 2017)
Pearson, first teaching 2016
BTEC National Extended Certificate – Information Technology
(Year 12 and offered to Year 12 from 2017)
Pearson, first teaching 2016
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (Year 13)
Pearson, first teaching 2010, final assessments 2017