Our Faculty consists of a team of 5 keen, innovative and creative teachers of Business, Computing and ICT who aim to instil into our students both our interest in and enjoyment of the subjects we offer as well as increase their awareness and understanding of the topics and issues covered. We are committed to promoting the knowledge and skills that students require to both further their education and beyond. We believe that what we offer is essential for young people in an increasingly small and globalised world.
The department is fortunate enough to teach out of 5 modern, state of the art computer rooms with has all the latest hardware and software.
Key Stage 3
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the importance of E-Safety, the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Students have one assessment point during each unit of work. All classes at KS3 are mixed ability. Students will cover the following topic this year.
- Programming- Scratch to Python
- Computer Systems
- Computer Hardware
- Computational thinking
- Human computer interaction (Designing an App prototype).
Key Stage 4
OCR GCSE Computer Science
Computer Science is an engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to work independently to develop well thought out solutions and develop strong resilience which is required in the world of computer science. encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.
Why Choose GCSE Computer Science
- It’s a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life
- Students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science will find it provides a superb stepping stone
- Has strong links with mathematics and will build up students determination to complete set tasks.
- Computer Science is part of the English Baccalaureate and it will be included as one of the qualifications that count towards new school performance measures. Any Computing specifications included in the EBacc have to be approved by BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) – and our GCSE Computing has been.
Component 01: Computer systems (40%)
Introduces students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.
Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)
Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the Component 03 Programming Project.
Component 03/04: Programming project (20%)
Students use OCR assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. In an exam environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan. Students have a total of 20 hours to complete their programming project.
The department offers its students the possibility of competing in a number of business related challenges throughout the course.
The department also offers an opportunity to combine business and computing knowledge working with an external body.
Skills for Success and Career Opportunities
Students studying this course will go on to study A Levels in Computer Science or ICT or a host of Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC in Computing or ICT
Other qualities and key skills that can be gained from studying Computer Science: Information & Technology (Resourcefulness), Calculated Risks (Reciprocity), Seeking & Responding to Feedback (Reflectiveness) and Problem Solving
Contact the Head of Department
For further information, please contact Mrs Fisher, Curriculum Leader for Business, Computing and ICT