Computing

In Computing and IT we offer a curriculum that will help to shape analytical learners that can apply logic and problem-solving skills to maximise their potential across their learning and in future careers - a curriculum where creativity and engagement are paramount.

Students look forward to their lessons with staff who are enthusiastic and passionate about Computing and IT. We can offer qualifications that are accessible and engaging for all and equip students with the skills that will help them to achieve what they want out of life and ignite an interest in technology and innovation.

What will I study?

Year 7

A six-week topic is delivered in Geography lessons on behalf of the Computing & IT department.
This covers:

  • Digital literacy with Google Docs
  • My digital world (e-safety)

Year 8

  • Google Classroom and how to use the learning journal
  • Back to the future (History of Computing)
  • Websites HTML & CSS
  • Binary bits 'n' bobs
  • Control and sequencing with Flowol
  • BBC Micro:Bit (programming and controlling a hand-held computer)
  • Introduction to Python

Year 9

Core CS / IT
  • More Python programming
  • Computer networks
  • Web design
  • Digital graphics
  • AppShed (Making a mobile phone app)
Optional / Additional CS / IT
  • Systems architecture, memory and storage
  • Data representation systems
  • Software and security

Year 10

iMedia
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Creating a multipage website
Computing
  • Systems architecture, memory and storage
  • Data representation
  • Systems software and security
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Python skills

Year 11

iMedia
  • Designing a game concept
  • Pre-production skills
Computing
  • Logic and languages
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues
  • NEA project (20 hour practical programming project)

How will I be assessed?

Computing
  • 2 written exams taken at the end of Year 11
  • NEA project
iMedia
  • Exam Board: OCR
  • 3 coursework units
  • 1 written exam

What career could I have with a qualification in Computing?

What can I study with an Computing qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Building and Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering

What career could I have with an Computing qualification?

Careers which require an Computing qualification include:
  • Application Analyst
  • Applications Developer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • UX Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer