In comparison, Computer Science is more theoretical and programming based. It gives you the ability to understand what is happening “under the bonnet” and be able to diagnose and fix many problems you might be having.
• Computer Scientists are needed in industry. It’s their job to figure out how to find solutions to a range of problems
• Computer science is fun! Finding solutions that no one else had thought of
• Some of the most successful people in the world are computer scientists
A good computer scientist has the ability to think logically and enjoys problem solving. Good maths skills help especially with the binary and hexadecimal units but is not essential.
Computer Science students then have the choice to take A Level Computer Science and we have a very proud track record of our student going on to study computer science at university or directly entering the workplace as programmers.
• Students will develop a range of ICT and computer science skills to prepare them for future employment, training and education.
• Develop knowledge of how ICT and computer science has shaped the world
• How to harness ICT to improve personal effectiveness
• To understand the difference between information technology, digital literacy and computer science
• Know how to program a computer using a high-level program
• Know how to use a range of applications software
• Know how to solve problems using information technology
• Develop digital literacy
Students will be given the opportunity to learn how to use information technology in a variety of contexts as outlined in the assessment grid A key emphasis of the curriculum is to encourage independent learning and problem solving skills. This is augmented by independent study set throughout. The curriculum also has a clear emphasis on real world applications and encourages students to consider careers. E-safety is hardwired into all topics.
During Year 9 students will ‘major’ in either computer science or information technology depending on their personal requirements. This provides an opportunity for students to experience the two options available.
Due to the ever-changing nature of technology we review the course offering on an annual basis. The current offer is as follows.
Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
Students can opt to take OCR Cambridge National Creative iMedia which supports and challenges learners who wish to follow a more practical, coursework and applied course. This prepares students for future study in IT, multi-media and digital art.
Students can opt to take OCR GCSE Computer Science which supports and challenges learners who wish to develop their computer programming skills together with theoretical understanding of hardware. Students are encouraged to think like computer scientists.
In 2019 computer science was offered as an EPQ programming project
Students are offered the opportunity to attend lunchtime clubs and after school programming workshops.
Computer science students are encouraged to develop their skills in mathematics. Information technology and digital literacy students are encouraged to develop their creativity. Literacy skills are developed in the writing of content for digital artefacts.
All courses are designed to feed into pathways specified above.