Crown Hills Community College ICT and Computing Modes of Study

The ICT department has three dedicated rooms, each well equipped with PCs and an electronic white board for teaching purposes.

The college has a range of technology in each zone including Laptops, and iPads that can be hired out by each faculty.


Our vibrant and forward thinking ICT department teach the following modes of study to students in Key Stage 3:

Students in Years 7-9 have one discrete ICT lesson per week.

They are taught in mixed ability groups.

Schemes of work follow the National Curriculum and are constantly reviewed and updated to meet the ever changing needs of our students and governmental changes.

At the end of each unit students are assessed to reinforce their learning.

Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the level criteria for each unit in order to get the best possible grades.

In Year 9 students are taught towards a Functional Skills qualification and then examined at the appropriate time for their level.

Key Stage 3 students will be able to:

• Collaborate on projects

• Use skills that combine multiple software applications across a range of devices

• Collect and analyse data and information to meet the needs of a given target audience

• Create, reuse and repurpose digital information and content

• Understand and plan for copyright and intellectual property laws

• Use two programming languages

• Understand hardware and software components

• Explain network topologies

• Understand how to stay eSafe and advise others how to do the same

• Understand maths for computing - binary

• Use control systems to model systems i.e. traffic lights

Key Stage 4 students

All our students will have the opportunity to take qualifications in aspects of GCSE ICT or Computer Science, which lead to progression for higher levels of study at college, or within a professional career.

Students will develop their capability, creativity, and knowledge in digital media, information technology, and computer science, manage their online identity by staying eSafe and participate in online communities such as Office 365 and Sky Drive where they can collaborate on shared documents and projects.

They will develop and critically evaluate digital media, and take account of ethical, legal, social, and environmental consequences of information systems and their effects on society.

By studying computing sciences students will further develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills, by learning to programme in a computing language such as HTML and Python.

They will study and learn to understand the principles of networked systems, and the analysis and design of those systems.

Exam boards and assessment.

Edexcel GCSE

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This qualification is available as both a single and double award, and is as follows:

• The Single Award is two units.

• The Double Award is four units, two of which are the same as the single award.

• The Single Award has one exam paper worth 40% of the total marks, and one controlled assessment worth 60%.

• The Double Award has the same exam paper and controlled assessment task, and then a second exam paper and a second controlled assessment task.

• Single Award Unit 1 Living in a Digital World - In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.

• Single Award Unit 2 Using Digital Tools - This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability.

• Double Award Unit 3 Digital Design - In this unit, students explore the design of interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases.

• Double Award Unit 4 Creating Digital Products – This is a practical unit. Students work with arrange of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.

OCR Computing

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This carefully planned course gives students a real in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.

It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming.

KS4 Students will learn to do the following:

• Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.

• Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs

• Become independent and discerning users of IT

• Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts

• Develop computer programs to solve problems

• Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and impact of computer technology in society


Computer systems and programming.

This is assessed by a written paper, which has a mixture of short and long answer questions, some of which require students to write program code.

Practical Investigation.

This will be on a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR (Controlled Assessment).

Programming project.

Students create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by OCR (Controlled Assessment).

The faculty also offers lunchtime sessions to all KS4 students and after school revision when appropriate.

Crown Hills Community College

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Office Manager Mrs S. Harrison

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