George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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ICT/Computing

Overview

Our vision is to develop the students into creative thinkers that are safe users of ICT. As a department, our desire is to educate today's people for tomorrow's technology.

Study Support

The department offers a wide range of opportunities in order for all students to engage actively, to have exciting experiences and fulfil their potential within the subject at all key stages. There are extra-curricular clubs and booster sessions to support students with their studies.

What the students say about the department

"I really enjoy coding my own programs in lessons" [MZ]

"My favourite part of the course was creating my own videogame using Scratch and Codu" [TS]

 

Contact

Ms. L Millington (Head of Computer Science and ICT), e-mail: l.millington@georgesalter.com

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

ict classroom and studentsDuring Key Stage 3 students develop a range of ICT and Computer Science skills, involving spreadsheets, databases, presentations, graphics, website design and multimedia as well as computer systems, computer programming and game designing. At the end of Year 8 they complete a project to consolidate and apply the skills they have learnt over the course of the two years.

Year 7

  • Autumn term (1): Baseline Assessment, e-Safety and Computational Thinking & Flowol
  • Autumn term (2): Computer Basics & Scratch
  • Spring term (1): Computer Basics & Scratch
  • Spring term (2): Python and Computer Crime/ Cyber Security
  • Summer term (1): Spreadsheet Modelling & Digital images
  • Summer term (2): Creativity project

Year 8

    ict classroom and students
  • Autumn term (1): e-Safety and Phython
  • Autumn term (2): Python
  • Spring term (1): Understanding Computers
  • Spring term (1): html & Web Design
  • Summer term (1): Scratch
  • Summer term (2): Advanced Python Animation (A group)

Special Project

Students have the opportunity to take part in the Computer Science club that allows learners to explore programming and to complete projects related to game designing as well as robotics.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Computer Science

Year 9

ict classroom and studentsECDL: using spreadsheets, creating presentations and word processing documents.

  • Autumn term (1): Programming and Systems Architecture
  • Autumn term (2): System Architecture, Programming and Memory & Storage
  • Spring term (1): Programming, Memory & Storage, Computational Logics
  • Spring term (2): Programming, Computational Logics and Systems Security
  • Summer terms (1 + 2): Systems Security and Programming

Year 10

  • Autumn term (1): Algorithms and Programming
  • Autumn term (2): Algorithms and Programming, Robust Systems and Networking
  • Spring term (1): Programming, Robust Systems and Networking
  • Spring term (2): Translators & Facilities and Data Representation
  • Summer term (1): Translators & Facilities and Data Representation and Programming
  • Summer term (2): Exam Prep and NEA Prep

Year 11

  • Autumn term (1): Programming Revision and Ethical, Moral & Legal
  • Autumn term (2): NEA, Ethical, Moral & Legal and Systems Software
  • Spring term (1): Systems Software
  • Spring term (2): Revision of Units 1 & 2
  • Summer term (1): Revision of Units 1 & 2
  • Summer term (2): Revision of Units 1 & 2

 

Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media

Year 9

  • Autumn term (1): Unit 1 - Introduction to a range of different interactive media products; creating a range of interactive media products
  • Autumn term (2): Unit 1 - Creating a range of interactive media products; peer reviewing their experimentation
  • Spring term (1): Unit 2 - Reviewing Good and Bad features; produce a draft proposal
  • Spring term (2): Unit 2 - Produce a draft proposal; plan for the production of the interactive media product; review the proposal
  • Summer term (1): Units 2 & 3 - Review the proposal; software to edit images, sound, video
  • Summer term (2): Units 3 & 4 - Software to edit images, sound, video; presenting multimedia products

Year 10

  • Autumn term (1): Unit 3 - Review of LO3
  • Autumn term (2): Unit 3 - Review of LO3 and revision
  • Spring term (1): Unit 4 - Peer review the presentation and revision
  • Spring term (2): Unit 4 - Peer review the presentation and revision
  • Summer term (1): Revision of all LO's
  • Summer term (2): Revision of all LO's

 

Exam results 2016 2017 2018
GCSE Computer Science n/a
n/a 44.4% - 9-7
55.25% - 9-5
100% - 9-1
GCSE ICT 12.6% - A*-B
55.14% - A*-C;
65.7% - A*-A
85.7% - A*-C
20% - A*-A
100% - A*-C
ECDL 65.8% - Distinction*-Distinction
100% - Distinction*-Pass
n/a n/a
Table of GCSE and ECDL exam results 2016 - 2018

 

Key Stage 5 / Post-16

an ict studentThe new BTEC Extended Certificate in Information Technology uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence which they can apply to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning throughout their career. The range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – means learners can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when taking their next step in IT, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers.

Students will become advanced users of the Microsoft Suite as well as other multimedia products. Students will develop their skills in project planning, identifying user needs, testing and the product cycle.

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