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Year 11 Information Technologies


Cambridge National in Information Technologies

SUMMARY OF SUBJECT CONTENT:

Students will learn about:

  • The Project Life Cycle
  • How data and information can be collected, stored and used
  • Threats to data and how to prevent them
  • Legal issues
  • How to manipulate data
  • How to present and share information
  • How to review and evaluate projects

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: OCR 

Specification Code: J808

 Units

 Weighting

Time

When

 Notes

Unit R012 – Examination Paper – Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

 

50%

 

1 hour 45 minutes

January

or

June

Year 11

 

One re-sit is allowed

Unit R013Controlled Assessment –Developing technological solutions

 

50%

 

20 hours

January

or

June

Year 11

Task set by OCR – internally assessed and externally moderated.

What did my child study during Year 10?

  • Data base and spreadsheet skills
  • The phases of the project life – the inputs and outputs of each phase, the interaction and iteration between each phase, initial project considerations, planning tools and the software types used to develop project plans.
  • How to initiate a project by analysing a project brief, how to mitigate risk, how to create and use planning docs and how to undertake iterative testing.
  • How data and information are collected stored and used, validity, reliability and bias when collecting and using data and information.
  • Threats to data, the vulnerabilities that can be exploited in a cyber-security attack, impacts and consequences of cyber-attacks and prevention measures
  • Legislation

What will my child study during Year 11?

Term 1

  • Students will be working on the R013 Controlled Assessment brief- this is worth 50% of the overall grade
  • Skills lessons will be delivered to support students with this.
  • Exam preparation for the December mock and January examination.

Terms 2 and 3

  • Depending on exam board decisions students may be working on completing their CA or starting on the new CA release.
  • They will be working on revision and exam technique in preparation for the June examination.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Information Technologies in Year 11?

  • R012- Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions- unseen mock paper in December
  • R012- Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions- examination paper in January, further opportunity to sit the paper in June
  • R013 CA unit – submitted to exam board in January
  • Feedback from teacher re progress.
  • Marks from homework tasks and classwork.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 11 in Information Technologies?

  • Weekly
  • 60 minutes
  • Written homework tasks to reinforce the theory covered in Year 10 along with a focus on presenting information and reviewing and evaluating their solutions. They will be putting theory into practice in the CA.
  • Practical after school skills sessions.
  • Dynamic Learning e-textbooks and e-revision books plus resources provided on Satchel.
  • RDWeb to enable students to develop software skills.

How can I support my child to do well in Information Technologies during Year 11?

  • Encourage students to attend after school sessions
  • Encourage students to make use of RDWeb to develop their software skills.
  • Encourage students to make good use of the eRevision website, Dynamic Learning Resources and GCSE Pod, along with past papers and exam board mark schemes, to help them prepare for the written exam.
  • Encourage students to keep up to date with current developments in technology for example following news reports on the BBC, following reports on cyber security attacks etc.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

As above, plus students can make use of LS support where appropriate, teaching staff are always willing to tailor extra support for students where necessary.

What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

  • How data and information are collected stored and used, validity, reliability and bias when collecting and using data and information.
  • Threats to data, the vulnerabilities that can be exploited in a cyber-security attack, impacts and consequences of cyber-attacks and prevention measures
  • Legislation
  • Students have has less time available to develop their spreadsheet and database skills

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

  • After school sessions to help students develop their software skills.
  • Extra revision sessions to help students prepare for the written examination

What changes have been made to the exams to take into account the disruption due to the pandemic?

This section will be completed once the decisions have been made by the exam board

Links: 

www.teach-ict.co.uk

www.bbcbitesize.com

www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology