Computer Science

  Overview 

In Computer Science, learners are encouraged to explore the digital world around them. As digital natives, those born into the modern computing era, it is assumed that learners have an inherent ability to use computer systems competently. We seek to build a greater understanding of how these systems work so that they are equipped not only to be responsible users of digital systems but also with the knowledge and skills to explore future computing technology as it develops.

  Learning at Key Stage 3  

Throughout Key Stage 3, discreet Computing lessons develop learners understanding across a range of computing topics including hardware/software, programming and eSafety.

In Year 7, learners follow schemes of learning which include: Text based programming, block based object oriented programming, computer game design & development and eSafety.

In Year 8, learners will follow schemes of learning which build on Year 7 including flowchart algorithms, complex text based programming and HTML websites. Learners will also complete a project that matches more closely the ICT course that we offer at Key Stage 4 so that learners can make informed decisions about their choices about continuing with the subject.

Digital Literacy is embedded across the whole of Key stage 3 giving learners the opportunity to use Cloud based computing, Microsoft Office products and market leading graphic design software to ensure they are digitally competent and confident when they move into Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 3
Computer Science Course Overviews 2019-20

 

Learners have a choice of Computer Science or ICT depending on their Pathway.

 

For Computer Science learners will follow the OCR syllabus for GCSE Computer Science 9-1.

In Year 9, learners will learn the fundamentals of modern computing including Systems Architecture, Data Representation and Data Networks. Alongside this technical understanding, learners will develop their computational thinking with programming and event driven development projects.

 

In Year 10 learners will study theory of computer systems and develop on their programming skills.

In Year 11 the focus will shift to Computational thinking and learners will develop a programming solution as part of their controlled assessment.

Key Stage 4
Computer Science
 Course Overviews 2019-20

For ICT learners will follow the OCR Cambridge National Creative iMedia syllabus. This qualification is more vocational and will help students to develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in the creative media industry to create interactive digital products such as websites and animations.

  Learning at Key Stage 4  
  Learning at Key Stage 5  

Students in the college who choose to continue their studies currently have the option of doing the ICT BTEC. The course is designed to give students a blend of technical and academic skills through 4 units:

 

  • Information Technology Systems

 

  • Creating Systems to Manage Information

 

  • Using Social Media in Business

 

  • Website development