Rationale & Aims

Computing allows 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 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 Computer Science is an optional subject.  GCSE Computer Science helps you think about how technology is created. It allows you to understand how people work together with computers to develop world changing programmes like Facebook, Spotify and eBay.  You’ll also develop the skills that colleges, universities and employers are looking for – and they’ll prove valuable for the rest of your life.  GCSE Computer Science goes really well with lots of other subjects, especially the sciences, fashion, textiles, music, maths and art and design

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.

Examination Boards (Syllabus Codes) and Exam Information

AQA GCSE Computer Science (8520)

Paper 1.  Written exam.  1 hour 30 mins.  40%

Paper 2.  Written exam.  1 hour 30 mins.  40%

Non-exam assessment.  20%

AQA GCE Computer Science (7517)

Paper 1 on-screen programming exam.  2 hours 30 mins.  40%

Paper 2 written exam.  2 hours 30 mins.  40%

Non-exam assessment.  20%

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