KS3 – Curriculum

The computing curriculum in Key Stage 3 meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. At Ribblesdale the department have developed personalised units of work to engage and motivate pupils. They allow for the development of personalised thinking, learning and computational skills, which equip pupils with the skills needed to succeed.

The computing department have developed its KS3 subject area on the VLE (Moodle) to aid in its teaching and learning. All subject content is made available to pupils via the VLE with the use of multimedia techniques. This helps maintain interest in the subject and encourages the access of learning materials out of lessons.

KS4 – Curriculum

Pupils opting to take the subject at KS4 will either choose a computing or ICT pathway.

Edexcel GCSE ICT

The course is designed on teaching how to use and operate computers confidently in today’s digital world. Pupils complete 2 units of work:

UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World (40% - 1 hour 30 minute Exam)

In this unit, pupils explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Pupils learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools (60% - Coursework)

This is a practical unit. Pupils broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Pupils learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1. 

OCR Computing science (New for 2016)

The new specification is split into three components:

Component 01 – Computer Systems (40% - 1 hour 30 minutes exam)

The first component is an exam focused on computer systems covering the physical elements of computer science and the associated theory.

Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40% - 1 hour 30 minutes exam)

This component is focused on the core theory of computer science and the application of computer science principles.

Component 02 – Programming Project (20% - Coursework)

This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned.

For further information regarding this subject, please email the Head of Subject.