Department Leader: Ian Harcombe

In Computing, students learn the principles behind computers in the modern world. Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines. Students will also learn how to gather and use information, present it and share it with others, using ICT to communicate.

Year 7

  • Physical computing
  • Binary and encoding
  • Copyright & Creative Commons
  • E-Safety
  • Algorithms and Pseudocode
  • Using and applying: Graphics

Year 8

  • Searching and sorting algorithms
  • E-Safety
  • Binary addition
  • Pictures as binary
  • Storage media
  • Scratch
  • SketchUp
  • HTML with CSS
  • OS vs applications
  • Sonic Pi

Year 9

Depending on their choices, students could be looking at computer science topics such as:

  • Truth tables and logic gates
  • The CPU and LMC
  • Searching and sorting algorithms in Python
  • E-safety (11)
  • Python on the micro:bit
  • HTTP & email  protocols
  • Digital sounds
  • Databases

Or in ICT, topics that will prepare them for KS4:

  • Databases
  • E-safety
  • Audacity
  • Spreadsheets
  • Interactive presentations
  • Web-sites using Dreamweaver

Computer Science (OCR J276)

This qualification teaches about the modern and changing world of computer science. Computer Science is a practical subject where learners can apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world problems. It is an intensely creative subject that involves invention and will value computational thinking, helping learners to develop the skills to solve problems and design systems that do so.

  • Component 01 – Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 40% of the GCSE
  • Component 02 – Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, worth 40% of the GCSE
  • Component 03 – Controlled assessment, non-exam task, worth 20% of the GCSE

Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies (OCR J808)

This is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. Given that the everyday use of ICT, from PCs to smartphones, now impacts all of our lives, the Cambridge Nationals in ICT provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives.

  • R012 – Written exam, 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 50%.
  • R013 – Externally  moderated coursework, approximately 20 hours, worth 50%.

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