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Computing & ICT

The Computing & ICT Department looks to offer a well-rounded curriculum that provides the best experience for all pupils. As part of the new computing curriculum, students have the opportunity to learn computing theories, whilst developing key ICT skills that will benefit them across all curriculum areas throughout their school lives.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Pupils work to develop their understanding of how Computers function and develop programming skills, whilst not overlooking key ICT skills, providing students the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge with a range of application packages.

Click here to see our KS3 Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 program of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.

The course consists of 3 units, 2 exams and 1 practical coursework unit. These include:

  • Unit 1 - Computer Systems - Exam.
  • Unit 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming - Exam.
  • Unit 3 - Programming Project - Coursework

OCR GCSE Computer Science Specification

OCR Cambridge National Certificate in iMedia

The course will equip students with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, students will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.

The course consists of 4 units, 1 exam and 3 coursework unit. These include:

  • R081: Pre-production skills - Written exam - 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • R082: Creating digital graphics - Coursework.
  • R085: Creating a multipage website - Coursework.
  • R087: Creating interactive multimedia products - Coursework.

OCR Cambridge National in iMedia Specification

Revision

 Revision sessions are run regularly throughout the year. These are usually held on Tuesday between 2.50 and 3.50 but may be arranged on any day by prior arrangement.

Useful Links

http://www.teach-ict.com A great resource for all things computing and ICT

http://www.codecademy.com A great site to learn basic programming skills

http://www.ictworkout.co.uk/login.php Revision site for KS4

http://www.kizoa.com/Collage-Maker A Useful site allowing the creation of collages

http://my.dynamic-learning.co.uk/Default.aspx?cid=15691  KS3 Learning Resources