The Computer Science and ICT department is a forward thinking and dynamic department where we share a love for all things technological. We believe that all pupils at ICC have the right to rich, deep learning experiences that balance all aspects of computing.
With ever increasing innovations in technology playing such a significant role in modern society, we aim to equip our students with the necessary skills to be safe, active participants in the digital world. This will fully prepare them for future life experiences.
We strive to teach our students the principles of information and computation; how digital systems work and how to apply this knowledge through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students will become skilled in the use of Information Technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
We aim to embed Computational Thinking skills and together with creativity, enable students to understand and change the world.
Our curriculum enables students to become effective users of technology who can:
understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical
- experience to solve such problems
- evaluate and apply information technology to solve problems
- be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of Information Technology
We strive to provide a broad range of skills and practical hands-on experiences so that our students are better motivated and fully engaged. There will be ample opportunities for students to develop practical experience in script based programming languages, with the aim to confidently design, write and debug programs to solve non-simplistic problems.
Our curriculum is intended to provide a focus on developing resilient learners who think in a more logical way and can effectively solve problems.
Changes to the Computer Science & ICT Curriculum due to Covid-19
Year 7,8 and 9 - will follow the curriculum plans as is.
Year 10 - Due to Covid, the curriculum has been redesigned for year 10. The basic principles of Computer science which were taught prior at KS3, will now be used and developed to take them through year 10 where the teaching of paper 1 and paper 2 skills have been merged.
The first unit has been integrated with the teaching of Systems Architecture to allow students to recap and revise the unit whilst developing the learnt skills before moving onto pre-programming theory. Programming will be taught early on in the year so as to ensure that enough of the skills of programming can be learnt for the new specification.
Year 11 – will continue on from Yr.10 and finish studying Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental issues.
The J276 specification requirements are that the students complete a Programming task during 20 timetabled hours. OFQUAL changed the requirement after a consultation due to the impact of COVID on students. The requirement for the J276 now is that students are still required to complete the Project, however “Teachers no longer need to directly supervise the time spent”. This now allows us to teach skills during class and gives us flexibility to allow students to complete the project remotely at home. Students will need to provide evidence of the time spent.
This information is correct as of 7th October
Year 12 – Stating Unit 1- Fundamentals of IT
Year 13 – Start coursework Unit 17 - The Internet of Everything.
OCR are in consultation with Ofqual regarding adaptions and reductions to assessments in summer 2021.