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. Where students look forward to their lessons with staff who are enthusiastic and passionate about Computing and IT. Where 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 8

  • Digital forensics and e-safety
  • Computer hardware (making a paper computer)
  • Introduction to coding using Kodu
  • Control and sequencing with Flowol
  • Programming concepts using Scratch
  • First steps in programming in Small Basic

Year 9

Core
  • Digital graphics - using Photoshop to create a poster
  • Interactive media - web design
  • Recording and editing video
  • Recording and editing audio
  • Digital animation
Creative Computing Option
  • Computing ethics, culture and hacking
  • Advanced programming in Scratch 
  • Advanced program design using Flowol
  • Mobile app development using AppLab
  • Introduction to Python
  • Theory and preparation for GCSE Computer Science
  • Python-controlled robots/electronics
  • 3D design and 3D printing

Year 10

iMedia
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Creating a digital interactive multimedia product
Computer Science
  • Systems architecture, memory and storage
  • Data representation
  • Systems software and security
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Python skills
  • Computer networks

Year 11

iMedia
  • Creative iMedia in the media industry
  • Creating a digital interactive multimedia product
Computer Science
  • Systems architecture, memory and storage
  • Data representation
  • Systems software and security
  • Algorithms
  • Programming Python skills
  • Computer networks

How will I be assessed?

OCR L2/L1 iMedia

  • 2 coursework units
  • 1 written exam

GCSE Computing

  • 2 written exams at the end of Year 11

What career could I have with a qualification in Computing?

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Building and Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Design
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Careers which require a 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

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