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Computer Science

The Computer Science department aim to inspire pupils to develop their creativity in all forms of digital communication and technology. We strive to provide outstanding quality education and lifelong skills for students in the ever-changing and challenging global environment of the 21st century. All pupils are given the skills and confidence to become independent learners with excellent ICT skills for a life in the digital age.

We expect all student to come ready for lesson and with a can do attitude. You need to be resilient to problem solving and listen to all instructions you are given by members of staff. We have many resources on the year drives that are there for you to use at any time. 

year 7

Throughout Years 7 to 9 pupils will study elements in:

  • Introduction to the Silverdale system.
  • E-safety.
  • Activity Company, desktop publishing, Excel.
  • Inside the computer.
  • Scratch project.
  • Control using Flowol.
  • BBC Microbit programing/robotics.

 

year 8

  • E-safety.
  • Video editing.
  • Control using Flowol.
  • Flash animation.
  • Photoshop.
  • Website design in Dreamweaver.

 

year 9

  • E-safety.
  • Photoshop.
  • Encryption and binary.
  • Boolean logic.
  • Python programming.
  • Robot programing.
  • Impact of ICT on society.

 

gcse computer science

(OCR EXAM BOARD)

Computer science is still young. A famous example of 'early computing' was the bombe codebreaking machine at Bletchley Park in World War 2. This was before what most people would say is the first electronic computer, ENIAC, was announced to the public in 1946.

Computers appear in almost every aspect of our society, and are still increasing in popularity. From banking, shopping and communicating to driving our cars, controlling our homes and making decisions for us - there’s very little a computer can’t do. And if a computer can’t do it, chances are someone’s trying to make it do it.

Technology will continue to dominate our communities. The number of jobs will increase rapidly as people realise its importance, as well as our dependence upon it. If you removed all computing and technology, society as we know it would grind to a halt.

what will you learn?

In Computer Science you will learn:

  • about current and emerging technologies,
  • how to write computer programs,
  • creative and technical skills,
  • and the impact and issues relating to computer technology.
how will you be assessed?

Students are required to complete one 'Programming' task as part of the course: the Programming Project is based on an exam board set task and will cover areas on analysis, design, development, testing, evaluation and conclusions.

20 hours in Y11 but this will not count towards to the final assessment.

01 Written paper:

  • Questions on modern computer systems.
  • 1hour 30 mins.
  • 50% of qualification.

02 Written paper:

  • Questions on computational thinking, algorithms and programming.
  • 1hour 30 mins.
  • 50% of qualification.

 

GCSE imedia

(CAMBRIDGE NATIONALS - EQUIVALENT TO 1 GCSE)

Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives and vital to the UK economy. Production of digital media products is a requirement of almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce. This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

In Cambridge Nationals iMedia you will learn :

  • A range of creative media skills, such as Photoshop, video editing, comic strip production.
  • How to solve problems using ICT tools and techniques.
  • How to investigate the impact which ICT has on society and skills such as problem solving and thinking logically.
how will this be assessed?

There are 4 units.

Written paper:

  • Pre-production skills
  • 1hour 15 mins.
  • Worth 25% of final marks.
  • Centre assessed task:
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Worth 25% of final marks.

Centre assessed task:

  • Creating a multipage website.
  • Worth 25% of final marks.

Centre assessed task:

  • Creating interactive multimedia products.
  • Worth 25% of final marks.

beyond the classroom

Our Computer Science department has friendly, supportive staff who run extra-curricular activities such as Coding Club and the Digital Ambassadors scheme. We are also constantly developing links with local businesses. We have also run a Cafe Project in Year 8, where students help Year 6 students from local feeder schools.

 

future pathways

Computer Science is now called the fourth science and counts towards the Ebacc. It has become a sought-after, highly paid career with huge potential for future expansion, with computer scientists being employed by the top technology companies. Possible jobs range from Software Architect and Mobile Developer, to Data Scientist and Frontend Developer - all earning upwards of £70,000!

The iMedia qualification leads to A-level or other FE courses which can help access students to university. The skills are relevant and up-to-date. It prepares students for working in the commercial world and business world.

 

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