May 24, 2018

Computer Science/ICT

Vocational learning: ICT

AIMS AND ETHOS (incorporating co-operative values of self-help, Self-responsibility, Democracy, equality, equity and solidarity)
  • To develop excellence and resilience in vocational learners so that all students are able to take responsibility for their own learning
  • To promote employability and enterprise skills so that all students are able to graduate from DSTC as To develop collaborative learning opportunities to help each other to make progress
  • To develop independence and resilience
  • To develop an understanding of different cultures and values
  • To encourage positive attitudes towards diversity and develop a critical understanding of employment legislation
  • To uphold professional values in work related learning

Key Stage 3 ICT

During Key stage 3 we provide carefully structured activities to develop ICT skills

In Year 7 students will:

  • AUTUMN 1-Learn about ESAFETY
  • AUTUMN 2-SCRATCH Programming
  • SUMMER 1- Learn about SPREADSHEETS
  • SUMMER 2- Create animations using PIVOT

In Year 8 students will:

  • AUTUMN 2 – Application of SOUND EFFECTS
  • SPRING 1 – create games using GAME MAKER
  • SUMMER 1 – Learn about DATABASES

In Year 9 students will:

  • AUTUMN 1- SMALL BASIC programming
  • SPRING 1- PYTHON Programming
  • SPRING 2- Create games using GAME MAKER


At Key stage 4 the following course are offered:
GCSE ICT Edexcel
Unit 1: Living in the Digital World (1 hour 30 minutes examination Paper, Exam 40% of the total GCSE)
In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).

Unit 2: Using Digital tools (Controlled Assessment, 60% of the total GCSE)
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.

Computer Science OCR
Unit A451: Computer systems and programming
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

Unit A452: Practical investigation
An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, Controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.

Unit A453: Programming Project
Students will need to:  Understand standard programming techniques, Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:

Develop suitable algorithms, Design suitable input and output formats, Identify suitable variables and structures, Identify test procedures, Create a coded solution fully annotating the
developed code to explain its function.
Test their solution : To show functionality , To show how it matches the design criteria, Identifying successes and any limitations.

Enrichment – Club
Computer programming with Raspberry Pi and scratch.

Key Stage 5

At Key stage 5 the following course are offered:

BTEC Level 3 Edexcel
Mandatory Units:
Unit 1 : Communication and Employability Skills for IT
The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.

Unit 2: Computer Systems
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems.

Optional Unit 3: Information Systems
The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand how organisations use information and the surrounding use of information, know about information systems and develop the skills necessary to produce management information.

Unit 7: Organisational Systems Security
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand potential threats to IT systems and the organisational issues related to IT security, and know how to keep systems and data secure from these threats.

Unit 8: e-Commerce
The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners know the technologies involved in e-commerce, understand the impact of e-commerce on organisations and on society, and that they are able to plan e-commerce strategies.

Unit 30: Digital Graphics
This unit aims to enable learners to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.