ICT and Computing
The Computing and ICT Department teaches a varied curriculum throughout both Key Stages.
Key Stage 3
Students study ICT for one hour per week over half the school year. The course followed is Skills for School and this equips students with the necessary skillset for undertaking tasks in a computing suite either in ICT or in other subjects. Subject areas covered include spread sheets, presentations, graphics, e-safety, email and word processing. In addition, students have a short introduction to computing using Small Basic.
Students either study additional languages or follow a programme of study in the Computing and ICT Department. The course aims to cover a wide range of ICT concepts including applications that are familiar to students and others that are completely new. Students cover three main areas during the course: data handling (which covers the use of both spread sheets and databases), creative media (which looks at creating photo stories, producing comics and manipulating images) and finally the Theme Park Project which covers a wide variety of applications.
All students can opt to study Computing and follow an intensive course looking at a higher level of application use and a greater depth of computer programming. Students study Python as their main programming language. In addition, students explore SQL and undertake projects using the Raspberry Pi, alongside studying the theory behind computing.
Students can opt to take GCSE Computer Science in Key Stage 4.
This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, they investigate computer programming, which many learners find interesting. A variety of topics are covered including: computer systems, databases, communication and networking and programming.
The course consists of 2 examined units worth 40% each of the student's final GCSE grade and one non-examined assessment worth 20% which tests the students programming ability. Students are graded 1-9. The course is suitable for students with a strong Maths background and an interest in programming and computer systems. The course is recognised as part of the English Baccalaureate.
For further details please follow the link to the specification page on the OCR website: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/
Specialised student equipment required:
Whilst students are not required to have any specialised equipment for ICT, GCSE students may find it useful to purchase a pen drive so that they can work on coursework both at home and at school.
Names and contact details of staff:
Mrs C Williams (Head of Vocational Education): firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs A Samuelson (Teacher of Computer Science and Maths): email@example.com
Mrs J Cogger (Teacher of ICT): firstname.lastname@example.org