Rationale & Aims
Changes in National Curriculum mean that the subject ICT has now been replaced with Computing. Computing equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to be able to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Students also develop practical skills that help them to become digitally literate; able express themselves and develop their ideas through information technology.
Focus at KS3
Students at KS3 work on a range of units covering elements of computing and digital literacy. They develop skills in creating digital products including graphics, sound and video using MS Office and Adobe Creative suite applications. Student learn how to keep themselves safe on-line and spend time working on projects which give them the confidence to work in a team. Students will develop logical thinking skills and will learn to program in at least two different programming languages.
Focus at KS4
GCSE ICT is studied at KS4 and is mandatory for all students. Students apply what they have learnt to real world situations and leave with the practical skills they will need in the work place. In addition students can opt to study GCSE Computing in preparation for future study or employment in technical computing roles. A significant proportion of the Computing assessment is based on a practical programming project.
Focus for Post 16
A Level Computing is for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of Computing would be beneficial. Students can study Computing and go on to a career in Medicine, Law, Business, Politics or any type of Science. Students study the science behind computers and develop skills in problem solving. Students learn a range of technical skills and leave with a good working knowledge of computer programming.