Computer Science & ICT
KEY STAGE 3
The Key Stage 3 Computer Science Curriculum has been designed to cover a range of topics. At Year 8 and 9 students will have 1 hour per week. Topics that we cover include:
Designing Web Pages in HTML/CSS
Introduction to Programming in Python
Use of business IT tools
The course will provide students with a strong foundation to the fundamentals of Computer Science and provides an excellent insight to allow further study at GCSE.
Course Title: GCSE Computer Science
Outcome: GCSE (grades 9 – 1)
Exam board specification: OCR
GCSE or equivalent count: 1
What does the course involve?
- Learning about how computer systems work
- Constructing algorithms to solve problems
- Computational Thinking
The course will allow you to develop high levels of skills, suitable for higher education. This course is aimed at GCSE Honours Route students who are predicted a Level 6a in Maths.
What about coursework and exams?
You will be assessed through both controlled assessment and final examination. The controlled assessment is a programming based assignment set by OCR; this is taken during Year 11. There are two examinations sat at the end of Year 11, paper 1 tests students knowledge of computer systems while paper 2 tests the students computational thinking, algorithms and programming ability.
Computer Science will give you a good knowledge of Computing and ICT. Students can go on to study Level 3 Computer Science/ICT courses such as A-Level Computing or BTEC ICT. Future careers opportunities could include Game design, software engineering, and ICT based jobs, as well as complementing other areas such as Mathematics and Business.
6th FORM OPTIONS
Course Title: Computer Science
Course Type: A Level
Exam Board: OCR
What will I study?
Computer Science A level is not just about learning to use tools or training in a programming language, instead the emphasis is on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used both by humans and machines and is an important life skill. Thinking computationally means using abstraction and decomposition. The study of computation is about what can be computed and how to compare it. Computer Science involves questions that have the potential to change how we view the world. Students will develop skills of analysis and problem solving throughout the course.
Grade 6 in GCSE Maths, and a grade B or above in GCSE Computer Science (if taken).
Students should have the commitment to practice programming independently. Students will also need a high level of organisation, the ability to prioritise workloads and to be able to work through problems until they find a solution.
Course Title: Extended Certificate in Information Technology
Course Type: BTEC Level 3 National (Equivalent to 1 A Level)
Exam Board: Edexcel
What will I study?
The course has been designed to deal with the changes to technology in the modern business environment. The course is split into 4 units covering topics such as Social Media, Database Management Systems. Web Design.
Where will this course take me?
This course supports applicants for a wide range of university courses both in IT subjects and other disciplines. Examples of Higher Education courses - BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Animation, BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance, BSc (Hons) in Fashion Buying Management.
Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English, and a grade 5 or above in a Level 2 ICT course (or equivalent), if taken. Students will also need a high level of organisation, the ability to prioritise workloads and to be able to work through problems until they find a solution.