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Year 13 Computing Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year:

Autumn Term

Topic

Further details about the topic

Skills

1

Project

Design, code and test your own system

Learn and use formal analysis techniques: interview; observation; record keeping; DFDs; ERDs; data dictionaries, etc.

2

Project

Design, code and test your own system

Developing structured programs. Use top-down/bottom-up design; use modules; structure charts, etc.

Spring Term

 

 

 

1

Paper 2 

Computing theory

Data representation (Number systems, image, sound and other data…)

Fundamentals of computer systems (Hardware, software, instructions…)

Computer organisation and architecture (Internal components, cpu operation…)

Consequences of use of computing (Laws, ethics, consequences…)

Communication and networking (LAN, WAN, protocols, client-server…)

Database design and SQL (designing databases and using SQL)

Big Data. Managing large volumes/sizes of data

Functional Programming (Understanding and writing functional programs

2

Paper 2 

Computing theory

As above

Summer Term

 

 

 

1

Paper 2  and Paper 1 revisit

Computing theory

As above

2

NA

NA

 

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Project

Written coursework assessed

CAT 2

Project

Written coursework assessed

CAT 3

Paper 2

Mock Exam

Main Resources:

Resource

Details 

Term 

Text books

AQA Computing A Level

Programming in Visual Basic

All

Recommended websites

www.aqa.org.uk

www.computinghistory.org.uk

www.bletchleypark.org.uk

www.vbtutor.net

www.w3schools.com

www.teach-ict.com

www.techopedia.com

All

Enrichment opportunities:

Activity

Day and time or term

Computing Clubs

Lunchtime

 

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