Computing & ICT
The aim of the Computing Department is to:
Develop confident digital Pupils to understand the power of their digital world.
They will develop a greater autonomy and confidence through using accessible, challenging and engaging projects that empowers the productive use of ICT and Computing from Year 7. Technology is central both at home and at school, computer coding is the NEW Literacy and they will experience this from Year 7.
Key Stage 3
We have taken some of the computing themed units from KS3 ICT and combined them with some new units, to deliver an exciting and interesting computing curriculum; accessible by all. All new units are written around cooperative learning and magenta principles to allow for the delivery of outstanding lessons.
New and existing units include:
Game unit, using the software Scratch, spreadsheet development and modelling, database construction and development, introduction to hardware and software and introduction to coding using Python and Raspberry Pi.
YEAR 8 & 9
New units include: website development with HTML coding, advanced game development using Scratch Programming and Coding with Python have been added to meet the requirements of the new KS3 Curriculum.
Key Stage 4
Option 1: AQA Computing Science
There can sometimes be confusion about the differences between ICT and Computing. Computer Science refers to the processes used to create usable computer programs and applications together with all theory behind those processes. Information technology on the other hand refers to the application of computer programs to solve problems. Information technology is very vast in terms of scale because it is applied virtually to any type of process that may require automation, from business, scientific research to the music industry, telecoms and banking.
We also intend to use other languages for different purposes. Including, Android application development and logic using Arduino kits.
The course is assessed with an examination worth 40%, and two controlled assignments which are completed in year 10 and 11.
Option 2: Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)
CiDA is delivered as a two year course in which Pupils complete two units.
Unit 1: Developing Web Products (compulsory and external assessment)
Unit 4: Game Making (Coursework)
Advanced ICT Diploma
BTec Level 2 ICT
BTec Level 3 ICT