Computer Science is an exciting subject and a popular GCSE choice. Students learn about games design, cyber security, hardware, software and learn how to programme using languages such as HTML and Python. Students also learn essential IT skills which they can use in their other subjects.
Students benefit from trips to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and also take part in workshops at Intel and with visiting IT organisations.
Lessons are taught in fully resourced, dedicated IT suites which have all the software that students require for their course. Students are also enrolled for free online Programming courses so they can practice their skills at home or attend after school or lunchtime sessions.
The department is led by Miss Harris who is supported by Miss Whitham and other teachers and is closely supported by the IT Network Support team. For the past three years the department has been awarded BCS’s Computing at Schools Lead School in Computer Science.
The course promotes online safety and gives students the opportunity to discuss the social, ethical and moral implications of the digital world. Students also learn how to create and use documents such as spreadsheets and databases and the basics of hardware and networking. Programming concepts are taught through website design, the use of the BBC Micro:bits and Scratch.
Computing is an option at Key Stage 4 and Year 11 students are currently studying either the GCSE Computing with OCR or the TLM IT User qualification.
In the new AQA specification students will study GCSE Computer Science which will enable them to understand how to design and build apps, investigate how algorithms help create computer codes and the importance of cyber security and ethical impacts of digital technology.
The course content covers;
- Computational thinking which is the process of thinking through a complex problem and developing solutions.
- Computing theory where students will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. Students will also look at cyber security and investigate the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
- Software development where students will understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively.