Computing

Head of Department

Mrs H Gowers

Key Stage 3

 

Computing and IT is engaging, exciting and always changing to incorporate the fast moving pace of technology. Greater emphasis has been placed on computer programming and our aim is to ensure all students develop a wide range of ICT skills which they can use effectively to support their learning. We also offer courses which can develop specific ICT skills for those students who are interested in a career using ICT. Animation, web design and game design are just a few areas which are covered by the Computing and IT curriculum.

 

Year 7
Students will cover a range of different areas including an introduction to SpreadSheets, comprehensive unit on E-safety and graphic design. Students will also develop their programming skills using Scratch and HTML.

 

Year 8
Students continue their programming skills using Scratch and an introduction to Python. They will also be studying how computers work, looking at hardware, networks and binary representation. There is a greater emphasis on developing independent skills including planning and evaluating. Students will create websites and develop a range of graphics including animations to enhance their final product.

 

Year 9
Students develop more comprehensive IT skills. They will work with Photoshop and Fireworks to create and manipulate images and advance their skills in MS Office programs.  Students will collaborate on projects using a range of software including sound and video editing to develop presentations and share ideas. Computer programming and game design skills continue to be developed.

Key Stage 4

 

Computing and IT offers an opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and will give students the chance to specialise in a particular area, as we offer 2 GCSE options.  Computer Science GCSE offers students the opportunity to develop programming techniques based on real life scenarios and learn about computer fundamentals.  Our other GCSE option is the BCS ECDL level 2, this course offers students the chance to develop skills in commonly used software, preparing them for either further education or the workplace.

Key Stage 5

 

Students will follow the Cambridge Technicals syllabus which has been developed by the OCR exam board.  This course is equivalent to an A level and provides students with the necessary UCAS points and skills to progress onto university.
Students will have the opportunity to develop their planning and evaluation techniques within a variety of specialised units. During the 2 year course students will study 6 units of work including website design, graphic design, animation techniques and computer networks and systems.