Computing

Computing is a compulsory subject from Years 7-9. The curriculum is revised year on year to reflect the changes in ICT and therefore equip students with skills appropriate to work and life.

The main aim of the department is to ensure that students are given the opportunity to learn skills which are pertinent to life today and as a result, topics covered are revised each year in line with developments in technology. Students are encouraged from the outset to be independent learners and to be confident in their use of ICT.

We offer after school clubs whereby students can learn more aspects of Computing related to Programming. Activities include animation, gaming and programming.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7, pupils have the opportunity to develop their skills in the following areas:

In Year 8 pupils build on the knowledge and skills acquired in Year 7 alongside working with new software. Students also learn about e-safety, hardware, software and legislation.

In Year 9 pupils follow a programme of study designed to develop the skills and knowledge required by the courses at GCSE which further prepare them for studying this subject at GCSE:

Pupils are assessed at the end of each unit of study and then three times during the year students will be given a report grade to reflect their Computing capability.

Aims – Key stage 4 GCSE Computer Science

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science – Written Paper (2 hours – 50%)

During the course pupils will complete the following components:

Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking – Written Paper (2 hours – 50%)               

Year 12 Computer Science A Level – OCR

The OCR AS Level in Computer Science will encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.

The key features of this course encourage:

Assessment and Content Overview

Computing principles

Algorithms and problem solving

Year 12 Computer Science A Level – OCR

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

Assessment and Content Overview

Computer systems – 40% of total A Level

Algorithms and programming – 40% of total A Level

Programming project – 20% of total A Level

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.