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Computing

Our Vision

We aim to:

1) PREPARE
Students for life in the modern world so that they are confident digital citizens
Have the skills to safely navigate a digital world
Understand the opportunities available to them by studying IT.

2) INCREASE
Enjoyment and enthusiasm for IT for all groups of learners
The numbers studying IT subjects at KS4
The opportunities for enrichment and real challenge

3) ACHIEVE
Excellent outcomes for all learners
Improved leadership skills through IT
Pride in the work of the department

Key Stage 3

At KS3, we aim to give students a wide range of digital experiences that will prepare them for a rapidly changing world. This will include aspects of Digital Literacy, where they will use the tools and applications that will allow them to safely and effectively interact with the digital world. They will experience graphical software packages to edit and create their own images and develop websites and multimedia products to broaden their understanding of the capabilities of different software.

To complement this we will look at aspects of Computer Science to give them an awareness of the basic fundamental of how computers work. This will include the basic concepts of programming, as well at looking at the function of hardware and software in computer systems. Students are exposed to different programming languages, such as Scratch, Small Basic and Python, to allow them to experience computer programming in different forms. This also assists with creative thinking, memory and structure of writing.

Key Stage 4

At KS4, the department currently offers 2 options. GCSE Computer Science and Vocational Creative iMedia.

GCSE Computer Science offers an exciting insight into Computing in the real world. You will learn about how a Computer System works and the different Components that make up a computer. The way Networks pass data to different parts of the world. You will learn ways to secure computer system to stop hacking and viruses.

Programming is a valuable skill that employers in every industry sector value. It helps with logical thinking, creativity and structure of writing. Computer Science allows students to explore Programming Techniques and write Robust Programs for different scenarios.
Could you write a program that will provide secure access to a website? Could you program a quiz game with multiple choice questions? The programming skills that you learn in Computer Science can lead on to careers in Computer Game Design and Programming.

Computer Science is an academic course. This option is for students who are interested in learning more about programming and the internal logics of a computer. Computer Science GCSE is part of the Science element of the English Baccalaureate.

Computer Science will be assessed by:
• A Programming Project worth 20% involving solving a problem using coding (TBC)
• Computer systems – written exam worth 40%
• Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – written exam worth 40%

For the more creative students the Creative iMedia course is split into a theory module and three pieces of coursework.

In the theory module you will learn about the Pre-Production Methods that need to be taken into account before anything can get started. The theory element looks at how to plan out you time effectively for your projects, how to use mind maps, mood boards and visualisation diagrams to plan and design your products successfully. Client briefs will be explored to find out how to properly analyse what a client wants from you and how to present your ideas to them.

Creative iMedia offers a wide range of coursework scenarios to bring out the creativity of our students in a client setting. You will be set assignments using a client brief and get to grips with what they actually want from the product you will make. Showing an understanding
of their needs with ultimately help you plan, design and produce a set of unique products that will appeal to the audience and meet the purpose. Demonstrating your skills on specialist software can show how you have created the new product from start to finish.

The course also explores elements of the law that must be adhered to when producing new material. Students must keep in mind Copyright Law and be sure to be original with their work and explore the impact if this law is not followed correctly.

Creative iMedia is assessed by:
• Pre-Production Methods – Mandatory written exam worth 25%.
• Creating Digital Graphics – Mandatory coursework based element to design, develop and evaluate digital graphics for a client worth 25%.
• Creating a multipage website – Coursework based element to review, design and develop a website for a client worth 25%.
• Creating an interactive multimedia product – Coursework based element to review, design and develop an interactive multimedia product for a client worth 25%.

Mr S Knowles

Curriculum Leader

Mr M Pettifer

Exam specifications

What Career?

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Computer Programmer

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Computer Games Design

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Computer Games Programmer

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System/Network Analyst

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Cyber Security/Ethical Hacking

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Robotics

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Social Media Manager

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Web Design/Programming

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Graphic Design

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Data Analyst

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IT Risk Analyst

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Digital Marketing

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