In year 10, students study the following topics from component 01 (computer systems): systems architecture, memory, storage, networks, and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns relating to technology; and the following topics from component 02 (computational thinking): standard algorithms, computational logic, and data representation. They also complete a practice project in preparation for component 03, which is a practical programming project.
In year 11, students study the following topics from component 01 (computer systems): network topologies, protocols and layers, system security, and system software; and the following topics from component 02 (computational thinking): advanced algorithms, robust/defensive programming, and translators/facilities of languages. They also complete the component 03 practical programming project.
Students complete unit 1 of the Edexcel CiDA course (Web Authoring), where they develop the knowledge and skills required to produce web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. They will demonstrate their ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by the exam board.
Students complete unit 2 of the Edexcel CiDA course (Creative Multimedia). Students demonstrate their ability to plan, design, build and test interactive multimedia products through your work on a major project set by Edexcel. This will include the development of an e-portfolio that exhibits their achievements and is in itself an effective multimedia product.