Computing

The Computing department, deliver the three distinct strands within computing as identified by Computing at School Working Group.  Computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL). Each component is essential in preparing our pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.

THE DEPARTMENT CONSISTS
Miss S Malek Curriculum Leader
Miss J Haastrup Computer Science Teacher
Mr MJ Choudhury Computer Science Teacher

Aims & Objectives

The focus of the new computing curriculum places greater emphasis on programming, algorithm, computational thinking, global problem solving and other aspects of computer science.  The program of study offered by the department aims to ensure that all our pupils:

  • Can analyze problems in computational terms, and have practical experience of writing programs.
  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Can analyze problems in computational terms, and have practical experience of writing programs
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are safe, responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT.

KS3

At KS3 we offer a wider variety of topics to stimulate our students Our prime goal is to enthuse, passion and create new emerging programmers from the younger generation. In order to do this as a team, we have created an exciting, rich and challenging computing SOW.

In KeyStage 3 students will study the following topics:- 

  • Components of a computer systems
  • How computer systems process information
  • Creating a game in KODU
  • Using python and creating a number of projects
  • Using Micro-bits
  • Databases
  • Networking
  • Internet
  • Operating systems
  • Building a website using HTML

KS4

Pupils follow the OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science qualification

KS4 Assessment Structure.

Component 01 – Computer Systems Component 02 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
50% Total GCSE

Written Exam

50% Total GCSE

Written Exam

KS5 Sixth Form

The department offer Pupils the opportunity to either opt for

  • A-Level Computing
  • Cambridge Technicals in IT (Equivalent to one A-level)

A Level Computer Science H446:- 

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:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyze problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • Mathematical skills.

Learners must take three Units (1,2 and 3 ) to be awarded the OCR A Level in Computer Science.

Cambridge Technicals in IT Level 3 (Equivalent to one A-level):-

Cambridge Technicals provide learners with the opportunity through applied learning to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. Students are required to take 5 units. Three out of the 5 units are exam based with the following 2 coursework based.

Possible careers association with Computer Science.

  • Software application developer
  • Computer System analyst
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Network systems administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • Business Intelligence administrator
  • Computer programmer
  • Software system developer
  • Software Quality assurance tester
  • Games design,
  • Web and animation development,
  • Network management,
  • Network security,
  • Digital forensics.