ICT and Computing
Information and Communications Technology is taught in classes at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9, age 11-13 years). The subject is an option subject at Key Stage 4 for GCSE Computer Studies and BTEC L2 Nationals (age 14-16 years) and at A Level Computer Science. We follow the AQA Exam Board Curriculum at all Key Stages.
Class sizes throughout the years are small which gives teachers and the opportunity to work closely with pupils, thereby maximising the pupil’s potential. At Key Stage 3, class sizes average about eighteen. At KS4 and in the AS/A Level option groups they are typically twelve and six respectively.
At Key Stage 3 pupils are taught how to effectively use applications packages such as Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Emails, Website development and programming through Python, Scratch and GameMaker. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils sit an external ‘Functional Skills’ exam with AQA at Levels 1 and 2. This gives the pupils a valuable ICT qualification even if they choose not to take the subject at GCSE or A Level.
At Key Stage 4 we currently offer an AQA GCSE Computer Science. The course comprises 2 theory paper and a practical project solving a problem using Python code. We also offer a BTEC L2 course in ICT in which students learn about the “Online World” and create a digital portfolio.
At Key Stage 5 we currently offer an AQA “A” Level Compute Science course. The course comprises of a written theory paper, a paper that involves programming and a programming project. The programming project can be done in Python, Java, C# or VB.NET
The School recognises the importance of not only equipping students with ICT skills in preparation for the workforce but also exposing students to the higher level of programming skills. As such, the Department has now transitioned to teaching the new curriculum with a deeper focus on Computing (programming skills) across all key stages. At Key Stage 3, students are taught to program using GameMaker, Scratch and Python. At Key Stage 4 we will be offering a Computing GCSE Option from 2016 onwards.
The School is well equipped, with two specialist ICT rooms and a dedicated ICT Support Team.
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|Mr M Scott MA, BA||(Acting) Head of Department|
|Mr R Brooks LLB, PGCE||Teacher of Computer Science and ICT|