ICT & Computing - Key Stage 4

    Year 9 GCSE AQA Computing Specification

    This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

    Subject Content

    1. Fundamentals of algorithms

    2. Programming

    3. Fundamentals of data representation

    4. Computer systems

    5. Fundamentals of computer networks

    6. Fundamentals of cyber security

    7. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy

    8. Aspects of software development

    9. Non exam assessment



    Paper 1 – Computational thinking and problem solving

    What is assessed?

    Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content 1–4 above.

    Paper 2 - Written assessment

    What is assessed

    Theoretical knowledge from subject content 3–7 above.

    Non exam assessment

    What is assessed?

    The non-exam assessment (NEA) assesses a student's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, consistent with the skills described in Section 8 of the subject content above.

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    Year 10

    Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications

    Unit 1 Mandatory unit Students must complete this unit.

    1 Developing Web Products (30 GLH)

    2 Game Making (90 GLH)

    Unit 1 Developing Web Products Practical examination 2.5 hours
    Unit 4 Game Making Summative project brief (SPB) Internally assessed/externally moderated

    Year 11

    Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology

    Equivalent to 1 GCSE

    Unit 1 Online World This unit is externally assessed using an onscreen test
    Unit 3 Digital Portfolio Internally assessed
    Unit 4 Creating Animations Internally assessed
    Unit 6 Digital Graphics Internally assessed