Key Stage 3
All students in Year 7 and 8 study Computer Science, covering a broad range of various disciplines. The course is aimed to develop their skills using the different software packages we use, including Office and Adobe, and to enhance their knowledge of information, communication and technology.
Students in Year 7 study topics including: Using the School Computers, PowerPoint, Word and Data Online, Algorithms and Logo, Scratch and Cyberbullying, Excel, Data and the Digital Divide and Algorithms and Scratch Games.
Students in Year 8 study topics including: Photoshop and Altered Images, Publisher and Sexual Exploitation, Sorting Algorithms and Dependencies, Advanced Scratch and The Internet and the World Wide Web.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer OCR GCSE in Computer Science. This unit starts by covering computer system architecture, memory and storage. These are the basic hardware components that enable a computer to function. The students learn about the role of each component, and how to compare and evaluate them.
The second part of the unit covers the details of computer networks. Students learn about both the hardware and the software required to connect computers together. System security is the third part which covers various different types of attack on computers and how to prevent them. The students also learn about operating systems and utility software, including the roles and responsibilities of each. Finally, in the Computer Systems unit, students learn about ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns relevant to computer systems, including data protection and freedom of information.
Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
This unit covers the thinking skills required to be a successful programmer. The students study some standard sorting algorithms, along with the thinking and pseudocode skills needed to write their own algorithms. This unit also covers programming skills, including how to write and test programs. Students learn how computers organise data, perform logic and calculations, as well as learning to use all the necessary software tools for making their own programs.
Students demonstrate their thinking and programming skills in a substantial project.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5, we offer A Level Computer Science and BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology.
A Level Computer Science
There is a mixture of theory and practical content contained within the computer science A Level. Topics include:
- Information Representation
- Communication and Internet Technologies
- Security, Privacy and Data Integrity
- Database and Data Modelling
- Software Development
- Algorithms, Design and Problem Solving
BTEC Information Technology
BTEC level three extended certificate is a 180 credit course. Students will undertake 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally assessed.
- Information Technology Systems (mandatory, externally assessed exam)
- Creating Systems to Manage Information (mandatory, externally assessed controlled assessment)
- Using Social Media in Business (mandatory, internally assessed)
- Data Modelling (optional, internally assessed)
- Website Development (optional, internally assessed)