Curriculum Leader: Mr V Williams
Subject Teachers: Mr G Scott
Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn Steve Jobs
Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:
- Computing provides an invaluable understanding and practical knowledge of Computer Systems in a fast changing modern environment.
- In a competitive market, sound Computing and ICT skills are much sought after and provide candidates with a skill set that will enable them to work in a vast number of areas.
Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3
At KS3 all students participate in projects that provide a solid and practical introduction to Computing and Computer Science. We investigate what computer systems are, how they work and what their role is in today’s world. The work ensures students understand the importance of appropriate and safe use of digital technology.
Students learn how to plan, develop, code and test programs using a range of programming techniques and coding languages. Projects range from games design with Scratch to creating basic ‘artificial intelligence’ with high level languages such as Python. In addition students learn about the Online World, the nature of the internet and WWW, designing and creating websites using HTML and CSS.
Over the course of a year, students will undertake 5-6 projects which build a broad range of skills and knowledge, culminating in an end of year team project where they get the chance to demonstrate and use what they have learnt to develop a solution to a real life challenge.
Assessment Method - Key Stage 3:
A combination of coursework evaluation and testing.
Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4 Exam Board: OCR
We offer one GCSE option for students; GCSE Computer Science.
The new GCSE Computer Science (9-1) involves one controlled assessment and two exams. The assessment requires students to provide a range of programming solutions to problems. They are tested for their ability to investigate, analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate their work. The exams cover Computer Systems and Algorithms and Programming.
Assessment Method - Key Stage 4:
*Controlled Assessment / 100% Exam
*The controlled assessment, or NEA, is a compulsory component of the GCSE. However, recent changes to the syllabus mean that, whilst it must be submitted to the exam board, it is not assessed and does not contribute to the final grade.
Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:
Students have access to computers from 7.30 a.m. before school, at lunch time and after school.
Key Website to Support Learning / Useful Resources: