Computer scientists theorise, design, develop and apply the software and hardware fo the programmes we use day in day out. At Haberdashers' Aske's, we are committed to preparing our learners for the digital age and all the challenges and rewards it offers to them as individuals and to society as a whole.
OCR GCSE Computing Science
Paper 1 ‘Computer systems’ – Computing fundamentals, looking at the theory of computing including how hardware and software work together to produce the computer system, networks (including the internet) and the security of both. 50% of overall grade.
Paper 2 ‘Computational thinking, algorithms and programming’ - includes how programs can be planned, tested and then implemented with the Python programming language, computational logic and data representation. 50% of overall grade.
As the course is assessed entirely by paper exam the programming aspect is assessed through the tracing and creation of algorithms but a programming project is part of the course to provide the students with an opportunity to consolidate their learning of this aspect. Learning computing teaches computational thinking which helps students beyond creating programs; learning problem solving, independent thinking and resilience.
OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia
At Hatcham College we offer an ICT-based qualification in Creative Media which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners
- A451 60%: The exam unit. Completely removed from ICT courses, the exam tests the students on the key principals that underpin current computing technology. Unlike ICT which aims to make students better users of the technology, this course asks how it works and how can we create the software for other users.
- A452 30%: Practical investigation. This unit gives the students the freedom to research an important area of Computing. Currently we are studying the 'App Inventor' assignment. Students learn about mobile apps and create their own as a background to an investigation into this modern phenomenon. This unit is assessed under controlled assessment conditions.
- A453 30%: The Programming unit. This unit tests the students' ability to create solutions to software problems. Students are given board set tasks to complete using the programming skills they have acquired on the course. This unit is assessed under controlled assessment conditions.
GCSE ICT Double Award
AWARDING BODY: EDEXCEL
The double award has one exam paper worth 40% of the total marks, and one controlled assessment worth 60%. This is following on from the single award students will have completed at Key Stage 3.
The course is arranged into two units of study:
UNIT 3: DIGITAL DESIGN (EXAM 40%)
In this unit, students explore the design of interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases. They learn how to interpret and produce design documentation. They investigate the properties of different types of digital content and features of the user interface. They develop a knowledge and understanding of the legal, and other, contraints on the production and use of digital content.
UNIT 4: CREATING DIGITAL PRODUCTS (CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS BRIEFS (COURSEWORK) 60%)
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others' use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
Through the study of these units, students will gain vital key skills to develop digital products such as an interactive website to showcase their products online; or to develop their creativity to create digital graphics; digital animation, and digital video or digital audio.