Computer Science is an exciting subject and a popular GCSE choice. Pupils learn about games design, cyber security, hardware, software and learn how to programme using languages such as Python. Pupils also learn essential IT skills which they can use in their other subjects.
At KS3 pupils in Year 8 have 1 hour per week and study a range of Computing topics including online safety, programming, data representation, hardware and software.
Pupils benefit from trips to support their learning and also take part in workshops at Intel and with other visiting IT organisations.
Lessons are taught in fully resourced, dedicated IT suites, which have all the software that pupils require for their course. Pupils 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 and is closely supported by the IT Network Support Team.
GCSE Computer Science is an option at Key Stage 4, pupils will be following the AQA specification 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 pupils will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. Pupils will also look at cyber security and investigate the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
- Software development where pupils will understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively.