COMPUTING

Computing (KS3)

Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all pupils must learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world.

Computing gives students a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including programming, which many students find captivating. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years such as the use of YouTube, computer games, programs on our computers to apps which we use every day on our mobile phones. It has become integral in everyone’s lives in one way or another.

At Greatfields we encourage our pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems. They will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to create programs and systems of their own. As a result, our pupils will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Creative iMedia (KS4)

Why study Creative iMedia:

The use of computers, electronic devices and smart phones impacts on our daily lives and employers in almost any of today’s industries who value a qualification which demonstrates that you can use technology effectively. You will complete a combination of three internally assessed units and an externally marked exam, giving you the opportunity to develop key skills important to your future academic studies and employment.

What do you have to do?

You will be doing 4 units, (3 units) 75% Coursework and (1 unit) 25% exam.

Unit R081: External Exam—Pre-production skills In preparation for the exam you will be taught about the varying forms of pre-production, their purpose and uses. You will also be taught how to create each pre-production document and apply them to real world scenarios. The skills and knowledge learnt during exam preparation can be applied across your coursework units.

Unit R082: Coursework – Creating a digital graphic During R082 learners will create a digital graphic, for example a Vinyl cover. You will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will help develop learners understanding of client briefs, time frames and deadlines as part of the planning and creation process.

Unit R085: Coursework – Creating a webpage During R085 learners will understand the basics of creating a multipage website. Learners will demonstrate their creativity, combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. Learners will also explore the properties and features of multipage websites.

Unit R087: Coursework – Creating an interactive multimedia product During R087 learners will understand the basic of interactive multimedia products for the creative and digital media sector. You will learn why interactive multimedia products are used and what features are needed.

What future opportunities can this course lead to? This course will enable you to continue your ICT skills development, providing a strong foundation to progress on to Level 3 ICT courses in subject areas including Creative and Digital Media and Web Development.

USEFUL RESOURCES AND REVISION SUPPORT :

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

Computing at school

KS4 Exam Board Specification: OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

Please click on the link below to see our Programme of Study for Computing:

Computing Curriculum Overview


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