KS3 Computer Science
All KS3 students follow the new Computer Science KS3 National Curriculum which is divided into three sections: Computing, IT and Digital Literacy. The lessons are delivered using a variety of teaching and learning methods and students’ progress is monitored through end of unit assessments. Students are given the opportunity to write computer programs; to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. Students study a range of units on the following: Flowol, Scratch(BYOB), Python, Animation, Graphics and Logo. They are encouraged to develop their creativity, initiative, collaborative working and independent thinking skills. Students will learn how to keep safe while utilising the power of the Internet and exploring the rapidly expanding world of digital communication. Students develop sound, transferable skills and the confidence to use IT hardware and software effectively.
GCSE Computer Science and ICT
Students are given the opportunity to study either GCSE Computer Science or GCSE ICT as one of their GCSE options.
At the heart of Computer Science is the concept of problem solving. Not only will students develop skills in creating efficient algorithms using Python or Visual Basic, but they will be able to plan and comment upon other factors that could affect the performance of a program, such as the limitations of hardware. Computer Science will encourage your child to be resilient and determined, as many of the concepts of the subject are challenging and will often require enhancement. As well as developing code, topics include flowcharts, pseudocode, logic gates, binary representation, hardware, and classification of software, encryption and emerging trends. Student understanding is assessed through internal coursework and external exams. Studying Computer Science can enhance many future careers including manufacturing, science, gaming, software development, communication, security, fashion, art, finance and retail.
Whatever students do in their future career, there is a very strong likelihood that it will include some form of ICT. The GCSE ICT course aims to prepare students to become an independent and discerning user of ICT, providing them with the ability to make informed decisions about the use and impact of ICT on individuals, organisations and society. They will learn to develop ICT based solutions to solve problems that develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues presented, all whilst acquiring and developing the skills to work collaboratively.
A Level Computer Science
At A Level students have the opportunity to study Computing Systems and focus on Algorithms and Problem Solving. Students taking this course are really interested in computer science and programming. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement. Students need to have the ability to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.
BTEC Information Technology
The new BTEC qualification focuses on using social media in business and creating systems to manage information. This course is offered for learners looking for a solid foundation in Information Technology - IT and can be studied alongside other Level 3 areas of study which either contrast or complement the IT sector knowledge and skills.