Why study Computer Science and ICT?
As technology advances, it is getting ever important that there are people with the skills to take technology even further. As things stand, there are more jobs relating to Computer Science than people with the required skills to fill them and ICT is used in every type of employment. Studying Computer Science and ICT at MCA will help you develop skills required to work within this sector.
Key Stage 3 – ICT and Computing
Our strong team of teachers will help you develop the skills needed to be able to use ICT competently. Our students are encouraged to become involved in additional projects such as LEGO competition and The Big Bang Fair. A faculty visit to Silicon Valley will take place in 2018 to help students see how skills are used in application.
In years 7 and 8 students learn a variety of different ICT skills through the following units:
- Cyber wisdom
- Web design
- App making
The course is designed so that students will learn and enhance skills such as:
- keeping themselves safe online
- using the ‘Cloud’
- using Microsoft office software appropriately
- programming techniques
- ICT skills for businesses
- HTML and web design skill
Key Stage 4
We offer two different courses at key stage 4 Computer Science, which focuses on learning to programme and Creative iMedia vocational course which focuses on the development of producing digital products.
Building on skills developed in Key Stage 3, this GCSE qualification helps to build a more in-depth knowledge of computing and ICT. The course is split into three sections:
OCR Computer Science
Computer systems (Exam – 50% of total mark)
This unit covers topics such as how a computer is made, how it works and how systems can be joined together to make networks. It looks at system security and software. Students will look at the moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns which come with an ever increasing computer led society.
Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (Exam – 50% of total mark)
This unit assess the student’s ability to write and correct algorithms and to understand how to improve programmes. It will also look at logic, data representation and translators and facilities of languages.
Programming Project (coursework)
This is a 20 hour component which is internally assessed and challenges the students to apply their knowledge and skills over a range of tasks. Students will analyse a problem and design, and develop a solution. Next they will programme and test their solution before evaluating their final work.
Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia
RO81 Pre-production skills (Exam – 25% of total mark)
This unit covers the pre-production skills and concepts that are needed when making digital products.
RO82 Creating Digital Graphics (Exam – 25% of total mark)
In RO82 students are given a set assignment to respond to plan, produce, create and review a digital graphic for a purpose. They will use their knowledge from RO81 to help them.
RO85 Creating a Multipage Website (Exam – 25% of total mark)
In RO85 students are given a set assignment to respond to plan, produce, create multiple website pages and which they review. They will use their knowledge from RO81 to help them.
RO88 Creating a Digital Soundscape (Exam – 25% of total mark)
In RO88 students are given a set assignment to respond to plan, produce, create a digital soundscape and which they review. They will use their knowledge from RO81 to help them.
Key Stage 5:
OCR A-Level Computer Science
To study our A level Computer Science course ideally you should have a B in GCSE Maths, Science or Computer Science.
The A-Level will look to develop skills in programming and understanding how computers work together. This will build on skills gained during GCSE Computer Science. These include skills in creative and logical thinking, understanding the fundamental principles behind Computer Science, linking different aspects in Computer Science and Mathematical skills.
The Computer Science course is designed to give students a secure understanding of how computers work and to develop your problem solving skills. Your ability to think in both a logical and abstract way to solve problems will be developed. Students will gain an understanding of how computers use Boolean Logic and how they affect our society.
- Computer System Principles written examination (40%)
- Algorithms and programming written examination (40%)
- Programming project internal assessment (20%)
The OCR A level Computer Science course has a variety of concepts including:
- The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
- Software development
- Exchanging data
- Data types and data structures
- Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
- Computational thinking
- Problem solving and programming
- Algorithms to solve problems
Support for Students
We offer access to lesson resources via our public drive and ONE drive. When appropriate after college or lunch time study sessions are offered for students and additional help in study periods for 6th form students is available on request.