Computing

As a department we believe strongly in the importance of understanding not just how computers work but also how to use them for a range of reasons.  This could be as diverse as learning how to use a programming language to create a simple game or scientific tool or using creative tools such as advanced video editing, web design and animation to showcase pupil ideas and concepts.

In Key Stage 3 students undertake a series of modular projects focussing on a range of computing topics.  These are designed to challenge students, raise their understanding of computing topics and introduce them to the initial concepts of programming.  In Key Stage 4 we offer a GCSE in Computer Science from OCR and in Sixth Form we offer a Technicals in ICT from OCR course which combines both traditional ICT and Computing topics.

We encourage the creative use of digital technology.  We use micro:bits in class and offer a Raspberry Pi club for interested students.  We use a range of up-to-date software packages and create a range of resources ourselves to support student learning.

 

Main Topics Covered

Year 7

  • Research techniques & Digital Safety
  • Introduction to programming using micro:bit
  • Visual Programming using Kodu
  • Introduction to computing
  • HTML & CSS: Creating a website using Notepad++

Year 8

  • JavaScript Animation
  • Micro:bit CSV
  • 3D modelling & design using SketchUp
  • MicroPython

Year 9

  • Python Turtle
  • Media Editing using Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Digital Graphics using Adobe Photoshop
  • Creating music using SonicPi
  • DT project
  • Mobile phone app design & creation

Year 10

GCSE ICT

  • Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (40%) Written Paper
  • Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (60%) Controlled Assessment

GCSE Computer Science

  • Computer Systems (40%) Written Paper
  • Computational Thinking, algorithms and programming (40%) Written Paper
  • Programming Project (20%) Controlled Assessment

Year 11

GCSE ICT

  • Unit 1: Living in a Digital World (40%) Written Paper
  • Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (60%) Controlled Assessment

GCSE Computer Science

  • Unit A451 (40%) Written Paper
  • Unit A452 (30%) Controlled Assessment
  • Unit A453 (30%) Controlled Assessment

Year 12

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

  • Unit 1:Fundamentals of IT (MANDATORY EXAM)
  • Unit 2:Global Information (MANDATORY EXAM)

Year 13

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

Students select a pathway from the following options and complete three units.  The units are coursework based: -

  • IT infrastructure Technician
  • Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner
  • Application Developer
  • Data Analyst
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