Computing & IT

“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life.” – Bill Gates

KS3 Curriculum:

At Key Stage 3 students will follow three key strands in line with National Curriculum developments:

  • Computer science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems. Student will student units which relate to programming, algorithms and decomposition.
  • Information technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data. Students will develop their understanding of application software essential for every day use.

Digital literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.

KS4 Curriculum:

A number of courses are offered at Key Stage 4. Students opt to study one of the course below when selecting their Year 9 options. They complete their selected course over two years in two hours per week:

GCSE Computer Science (9-1) – OCR

  • The Computer Science qualification is relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and excitement. The Computer Science GCSE values computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so. These skills will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at AS or A Level and beyond.

BTEC Digital Information Technology – Pearson

  • Through this qualification students will cover aspects of user interface (UI) design and development, and learn how to develop a project plan for their own UI designs. Cybercrime is an increasing threat – understanding the different types of threats and how to mitigate against them is vital to any business that uses and retains sensitive data. Students will develop an understanding of what cyber security is and the importance of legal and ethical considerations when using modern technologies. Organisations often implement technological improvements by rolling out change projects, so understanding how projects are structured is of vital importance. This qualification will enable students to use project-planning tools, models and techniques within a digital context. Digital projects today often involve working with diverse teams across different locations. They will develop an understanding of what a virtual work environment is and how cloud technologies allow remote teams to work together more effectively.
  • Once successfully completed, students may wish to progress to further study with a BTEC National in IT or Computing at Level 3. They could also progress to a Computer Science AS or A level.

KS5 Curriculum:

A number of courses are offered at Key Stage 5.

  • BTEC Information Technology
    • For this course students complete 4 units in year 1: Information Technology Systems, Creating Systems to Manage Information, Using Social Media in Business and Website Development. As students progress into year 2 they will further develop their Information Technology knowledge by completing units in Programming and Computer Games Development.
  • A Level Information Technology (To be replaced with Computing 2017)
    • Students complete 4 units. 3 externally examinations and 1 project.
    • Through the course students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the development of IT systems through practical experience in using a range of applications software in a structured way.
    • Students will also gain a wider picture of the use of IT. Students will be able to discuss and comment on issues from a position of knowledge.

They will also investigate the fast changing subject of IT, including developments in technology and IT system capabilities, and how this might affect the world that makes use of IT.

Staffing:

Mrs A Merchant – Head of Business, Computing & IT Studies Faculty.

Mr J Bennetts – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs J Flynn

Mrs D Hallam – Assistant Headteacher – Head of 6th Form

Mrs J Johnson – Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs L Robb 

Mr M Wilkinson