Computing at UTC Swindon

Computing is an important subject at UTC Swindon, accompanying engineering perfectly, by providing students with the technical skills they will need for their future – giving students a competitive edge.  UTC Swindon offers the following qualifications in this field:

KS4: OCR GCSE Computing (Years 10 and 11) – Compulsory
KS5: AQA A Level Computer Science (Years 12 and 13) – Optional choice
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in ICT (Years 12 and 13) – Optional choice

 

Course outline below:

KS4 (Years 10 and 11)
Course: OCR GCSE Computing
Duration: 2 years
Content outline:  3 units
Unit title and description Assessment and duration Weighting
Computer systems and programming (Exam – 40%)
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

 

Practical investigation (Controlled Assessment – 30%)
An investigative computing task, controlled assessment which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing skills, recommendations/evaluation.  Investigative task.

 

Programming Project (Controlled Assessment – 30%)
Controlled assessment where students will need to understand standard programming techniques and be able to design a coded solution to a problem.

Students will cover a range of topics including:

  • Data representation
  • Programming tools and techniques, e.g. structures, procedures, loops
  • Algorithms
  • CPU architecture
  • Servers
  • Networking
  • Handling Data
  • Web concepts

KS5 (Years 12 and 13)
Course: AQA A Level Computer Science
Duration: 2 years
Content outline:  A level (Students will also complete an AS Level – Completed in 1 year).
Advances in computing are changing the world we live in, studying computer science gives you an insight into the development of computers systems.  It is a technical course that will challenge you to be creative whilst gaining knowledge of problem solving and the principles of programming.

AS (1st year):
Paper 1: On screen exam 1:30 mins
Paper 2: Written exam 1:30 mins

A Level (Combination of 1st and 2nd year):
Paper 1: On screen exam 2:30 mins
Paper 2: Written exam 2:30 mins

Students will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Programming concepts and techniques
  • Boolean logic
  • Binary
  • Data representation
  • Encryption
  • Databases
  • Computing ethics
  • Sound and graphical representation
  • Algorithms
  • CPU architecture

KS5 (Years 12 and 13)
Course: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma ICT
Duration: 2 years
Content outline:  6 units
BTEC Level Subsidiary Diploma ICT is an alternative KS5 option focusing on developing a range of ICT skills.  All assessment is assignment based, so no exams.  The topics covered include:
• Interpersonal and employability skills for the IT industry
• IT Computer systems
• Procedural programming
• Project management for IT
• Spreadsheet design
• Business Resources