Welcome to the Computing Department
Increasingly, the ability to apply Computing skills throughout academic studies and in the workplace. The department aims to ensure that all students can utilise Computing skills securely, creatively and independently to solve problems in real life.
Computing Delivery, Resources and Extra Curricular Activities
- Students taking the AS/A2 ICT have 5 x 50 minute lessons per week in Year 12 and Year 13.
- All students at Coloma have a secure user account on the school network. This allows them to use E-mail and the Internet.
- There are opportunities for using the computers at lunchtime and after school.
Key Stage Five
Course Content - What will I study?
- Unit 1 - Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World.
- Practical use of ICT, identifying, designing, producing, testing, documenting and evaluating solutions.
- Data entry, storage, output of information, use of software, current health and safety legislation.
- Unit 2 - Living in the Digital World
- ICT systems, their components, uses, users, safety and security, factors and consequences.
- Data and information, data transfer, backup and recovery.
- Unit 3 - The Use of ICT in the Digital World
- Developments in technology, information needs of organisations, ICT systems, management of ICT.
- Developing ICT systems, introducing large ICT systems into organisations.
- Training and supporting users of ICT systems.
- Unit 4 - Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World
- Practical issues involved in managing the use of ICT in organisations.
- Investigating, analysing, defining requirements.
- Selecting and using appropriate technologies, designing solutions, methods for testing and installation, documenting and evaluating.
How will progress be tested and examined?
- Assessment for Units 1 and 2:- 1½ hour written paper, 50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A level marks.
- Assessment for Unit 3 is a 2 hour written paper, 60% of total A2 marks, 30% of total A Level Marks.
- For Unit 4, Candidates must produce a report based on a coursework task, 40% of total marks, 20% of total A Level marks.
Progression - How will the study of ICT benefit students’ future education and career?
- This A Level has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.
- It will give students who wish to progress in to higher education or the world of work, a better understanding of how ICT is used in society and organisations and the implications of its use.
- The practical knowledge gained will be a valuable asset to any student wishing to study or embark on a career related to ICT or that uses ICT within the content of its syllabus.