Computing

Head of Computing: Mr T Baldwin

Lower School

Outline of Subject

In years 7 and 8 students will be taught Computing as a discrete subject and will receive one double lesson each week. In year 9 students will receive a module of Computing that will take place in the technology rotation. The aim of ICT is to ensure that students are confident and competently of using different ICT programs efficiently

Skill Development

Across the three years a range of Microsoft and Adobe software will be used including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop. The students will also develop their knowledge and skills at using programming languages such as HTML, Scratch and Python.

Assessment Styles

All ICT lessons will be computer room based; computers do not need to be shared. Lessons will include paper based theory work and practical work on the computer.

Home learning will either be research based and/or a task relevant to what the students have been completing during the lesson.

Additional Information

It is not essential that students have computers at home. Access is available to computer suites at break, lunch, and after school.

Upper School

Computer Science

Exam Board: Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR)

Outline of Subject

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of computing as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly.  Computer Science presents an exciting opportunity for students to learn more about what makes computers tick.  

Course Content

Skill Development

This qualification gives students the opportunity to develop valuable thinking and programming skills that are attractive in the modern workplace. This done through an understanding of key computing concepts and the fundamentals of programming. This focuses on students creating a range of different programs to suit a requirement. It will also encourage the students to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically when solving a problem.

Assessment

Computer systems (80 marks)          

1 hour & 30 minutes               Written paper                          40% of total GCSE

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (80 marks)

1 hour & 30 minutes               Written paper                          40% of total GCSE

Programming project (40 marks)      

Totalling 20 hours                   Non-Exam Assessment          20% of total GCSE

Additional Information

Successful completion of this course would provide students with excellent progression to follow an ICT or Computer Science course at AS/A level.

There is also a trip that runs to the National Museum of Computing.

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