Computer Science

Welcome to Computer Science

Computer Science is a dynamic and exciting department where pupils can stretch their imagination, learn new skills and challenge themselves in the world of technology. The curriculum is engaging and fun for learners.

KS3

In KS3 pupils are given the opportunity to study a broad range of Computing and IT topics in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their GCSE choices.

Topics covered include…
Scratch programming
Spreadsheets
Presentations
E-Safety and using the Internet
Stickfigure animations
Movie making
Databases
Micro-bit programming
Flowol and control systems
Python programming

KS4

Pupils can choose to study GCSE Computer Science or GCSE Business and Communication Systems.
These are options and can be chosen separately or together.

Edexcel Computer Science

Component 1: Principles of Computer Science (written examination) = 40%
Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking (written examination) = 40%
Component 3: Programming Project (controlled assessment) = 20%

Course Content

  1. Problem Solving - algorithms, decomposition and abstraction
  2. Programming - develop code, coding constructs, data types and structures, input and output, operators, subprograms
  3. Data - binary, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption, databases
  4. Computers - machines and computation modelling, hardware, logic, software, programming languages
  5. Communication and the internet - networks and security, the Internet and world wide web
  6. The bigger picture - emerging trends, issues and impact

AQA Business and Communication System (BACS)

Component 1: ICT Systems in Business (written examination) = 40%
Component 2: Using ICT in Business (computer based exam) = 35%
Component 3: Investigating ICT in Business (controlled assessment) = 25%

GCSE Results 2016

A* - C to 76%

Expected Progress

(3 levels) 69%

Better than expected progress

(4 levels) 33%

Better Still

(5 levels) 12%

 

Staff

Mr N Cookson 

Curriculum Leader

Learning Programmes

Year 7-9 Autumn
Year 7-9 Spring
Year 7-9 Summer

GCSE Computer Science