Computer Science and ICT have changed significantly over the past couple of years. There is now a greater emphasis on computational thinking and understanding how a computer works rather than just being able to use different pieces of software. In KS3 We aim to give a balanced introduction to Computer Science, Digital Literacy and E-Safety.
As students move into KS4 we aim to give the students the chance to opt to take Computer Science or an ICT based course depending on their aspirations.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 students will study a variety of topics that cover both Computer Science and ICT. Such topics will include; programming, algorithms, computer hardware and how to use a variety of software/applications for different tasks such as formally presenting information, website design, image manipulation and data handling/modelling.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Computer Science
The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. It also covers how computers can communicate and represent data.
Unit 1 (website design) is a practical examination of 2 ½ hours which is set and marked externally by Edexcel. Students will be expected to design and build a website for a client brief which will count for 25% of the final grade.
Unit 3 (Artwork and Imaging) requires students to create a series of products for a given scenario ensuring they meet the needs of the target audience. This will involve manipulating a variety of vector and bitmap images using different software whist documenting the design process. Their products and documentation will be presented in an E-portfolio that is worth 75% of the marks.