Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3 pupils work on units which are mapped against the Computing Curriculum. They explore many different aspects of Computing and work is often project based, although discrete digital literacy skills are also taught.
Students explore computational thinking through class activities and the use of relevant software. In particular, FlowOl is used to model real world situations and to develop algorithms to control events. Programming is taught using Scratch, Kodu and in addition students explore some text languages such as HTML and Python. Internet searching and internet technologies form part of the new curriculum, and we put an emphasis on finding reliable and trustworthy information as this can be particularly challenging for those with dyslexia. Students also learn about hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and gain understanding of how these communicate with one another.
Theoretical learning is embedded within creative units, and so students are still developing skills such as video editing, podcasting (audio editing) and graphic design. The risks of ICT including internet safety and the use of social networking sites are explored through PSHEE as well as through computing lessons and assemblies.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, we offer the OCR Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Certificate which is a vocational course, equivalent to 1 GCSE. The course is graded at level 1 or 2 at pass, merit, distinction and distinction*. (We can explain this further at options evening).
The course is made up of 3 coursework units and 1 exam unit. Each unit is worth 25% of the grade. The units are completed and assessed throughout the course, with the exam being taken in Y11.
R081: Pre-production skills
This exam unit is 25% of the final mark.
Board set examination – written paper: 1hr 15mins
This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process. Past papers will be available to see on options evenings, or can be viewed on the OCR website.
R082: Creating digital graphics
This unit focusses on digital graphics in the creative and digital media sector. Students learn where and why digital graphics are used and practical techniques that are involved in their creation. For their coursework, students will discuss the purpose and audience of graphics, plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.
R085: Creating a multipage website
This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. They will be asked to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques to develop a multipage website and review the final website against a specific brief.
R089: Creating a digital video sequence
In this unit, learners will explore how digital video is used in the media industry. They will also learn how these technologies are developed to reach an identified target audience. They will be able to plan a digital video sequence, create and edit a digital video sequence and review the final video sequence against a specific brief.