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Copleston High School

It and computer science

Curriculum Maps

The topics we study are outlined in our curriculum maps:







How will my child be assessed?


Assessment and Feedback Outline Approach


1 unit is taught each term, which has a summative assessment based on the success criteria defined in the online ICT markbook. The criteria are shared throughout the unit and used through self and peer assessment activities for students to gain a better understanding of the assessment criteria and identify areas for improvement in their work. Regular live feedback is given by the teacher checking on pupils’ progress during lessons. The 6 units for work covered I year 7 and 8 cover a range of skills to prepare students for three possible KS4 pathways: IT (iMedia), Computer Science and Graphic Communication


75% Coursework based 25% Exam

Students worked on each coursework unit is given through the use of the department online mark book used to assess pupils’ work against a range of specific success criteria. Regular live feedback is given by the teacher checking on pupils’ progress during lessons. A mock exam is used in year 11 to practice for the exam unit. Students also have access to an interactive learning grid to answer exam questions online during and outside of lesson time.  


34% Externally Assessed Exam

50% Internally set Coursework

16% Externally set Controlled Assessment(Database)

Students complete one internal and one external piece of work in both Y12 and Y13.

Internally Assessed:

 Students are provided with the examination criteria from the course specifications, alongside a written description for each grade (D, M, P). They have to submit their work by a set deadline and then after receiving feedback, they are allowed 15 days to make improvements and re-submit.


Externally Assessed:

1) Written exam: Students sit a mock assessment in line with the school timetable. This provides them an opportunity to sit a real test and receive feedback. Use of online tool ( to revise key terminology across all specification content.

Use of departmental learning grids – including previous exam questions.


2) Database controlled assessment: Live feedback is provided by the teacher during the lesson to support student understanding on database concepts. Use of exam style tasks with written feedback to provide students with feedback on smaller chunks of the controlled assessment. Lots of similar but different tasks, preparing the students for the real controlled assessment.