Welcome to Computer Science
Bill Gates said that:
“Computers are great because when you're working with them you get immediate results that let you know if your program works. It's feedback you don't get from many other things.”
Key Stage 3All students have the opportunity to choose Computer Science as an elective during each teaching cycle. Pupils learn how to collect, categorise, store, use, and present data and information safely and appropriately in a variety of contexts and forms including text, images, number, sound, and video. They will explore and create programs and applications using a range of tools including text-based programming languages and game-based learning.
- Presenting Information
- Control and Motion
- Presenting Information
- Python programming
- Web Development
Key Stage 4
GCSE Computer Science is a subject distinct from ICT in that the focus is on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding to create computer systems including software and applications in use on computers and mobile devices. This course teaches students to understand the fundamental concepts of computing and develop software applications to solve a range of problems. Students with a keen interest in solving abstract problems and logic will find this course highly engaging.
Students have the option of choosing GCSE Computer Science in key stage 4. The course is assessed through two written exams undertaken in year 11. Topics covered include practical programming projects using the Python programming language, principals of computer science and application of computational thinking. Students should consider GCSE Computer Science if they wish to pursue further studies in computing or programming or a career in software or game development.
Unit 1 Overview
Unit 2 Overview
Coursework Unit (60%)
There are two Controlled Assessment Briefs available for students at current; Music festival and Animal Shelter. Students who are currently studying in Year 11 are working on the Music Festival coursework and will be handing this in for moderation in January. Those students studying GCSE ICT with us in Years 9 and 10 will be undertaking the Animal Shelter task.
Throughout both tasks students will be given a set of tasks to complete using a wide variety of software tools. Example tasks include:
- Producing a video promoting a Music Festival
- Producing a Logo using Photoshop for an Animal Shelter
- Designing and creating a Mobile Application
- Producing Audio Podcasts to promote products