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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

ICT

Head of Department          
Mr S Moss

Head of Computer Science
Mrs J Mahoney

Career Paths with Computing, ICT or CiDA

There are a range of careers that can be followed with an ICT/Computing/CiDA qualification.  This can include, graphic design, visual merchandising, animation design, sign-making, product design, website design, logo design, software development, network manager, computer engineer, hardware development, global communications, computer scientist, information specialists, artificial intelligence, game developer, digital media, database administrator, IT consultant, system analyst, IT sales and training. 

KS3

Year 7

In Year 7, students follow a skills based course in which they develop their understanding of e-safety, develop their creative graphic based skills using bitmap and vector imaging software and use gaming software (Scratch) to design and build an interactive storybook.

Year 8

In Year 8, students develop their understanding of e-safety in relation to inappropriate content and contact.  They gain sound understanding of web design and use HMTL to produce their own web site with a number of linked pages and deepen their programming further using Python to develop their computational thinking.

KS4

Students can opt for the CIDA course or GCSE Computer Science options outlined below:

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)
Examination Board: Edexcel

The CiDA course comprises of 2 units and is equivalent to 1 GCSE. Students complete a substantial project and showcase their achievements in an e-portfolio. They also sit a practical ICT examination [25%] based on developing a website for a specific purpose.

Graphics – eportfolio/coursework (75%)

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to design and produce effective graphic products that communicate successfully onscreen and in print. Students will use bitmap (Paint.Net) tools to manipulate images and create their own photomontages, create their own graphic designs using vector (Inkscape) and 3D imaging (Google Sketchup).  Students will showcase their work through a web page and will have to describe how they made their graphic products and show the stages of design in a Design Log.

Web Design – examination (25%)

This unit is an exam based task where pupils are given a scenario to develop a web page for a business.  They will need to ensure they use the given information and key images/videos and develop a sophisticated web page with pop ups, hot spots and other advanced features to make it fit for purpose.  Students will have 2.5 hours to plan, implement, test and evaluate their web pages.

 

GCSE Computer Science
Examination Board:  OCR

In GCSE Computer Science you will be studying computer systems [Systems Architecture, Memory, Storage,  Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, System security, System software, Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. 

The second unit you will be studying computational thinking, algorithms and programming [Algorithms, Programming techniques, Producing robust programs, Computational logic, Translators and facilities of languages, Data representation]

There are a range of skills that will be developed whilst studying Computer Science:

1. Problem Solving – an enjoyment of Maths is essential as in Computer Science there are similar problem solving skills.
2. Analytical skills - will enable you to understand an issue and evaluate different solutions in order to find one that best fits.
3. Critical-thinking skills - to be able to assess why certain solutions might not work and coming up with the right approach.

How you be assessed:

Computer systems: 1 hour and 30 minutes:  Written Paper (50% of total)
Computational thinking:  1 hour and 30 minute:  Written Paper (50% of total)

Career Paths with Computer Science or CiDA

There are a range of careers that can be followed with an ICT/Computing/CiDA qualification. 

This can include, graphic design, visual merchandising, animation design, sign-making, product design, website design, logo design, software development, network manager, computer engineer, hardware development, global communications, computer scientist, information specialists, artificial intelligence, game developer, digital media, database administrator, IT consultant, system analyst, IT sales and training.