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Computer Science

Computer Science has taken off in the past few years with a complete overhaul of the curriculum to prepare students for a career in technology; whether it be as a programmer, website designer or a game developer. Learners will study what makes a computer work, how software is developed and create some programs of their own. Students will study the subject for two hours a week in Year 7 and one hour a week in Year 8 and 9.

Key Stage 3

By the end of Key Stage 3 students will study:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Using computers safely
Scratch programming
Input, output and memory
MS simple basic programming
MS Excel
Python Turtle graphics programming
Graphic design
HTML programming
Programming project
Advanced Python Turtle programming
Data representation
Text based games creation
Programming project
Python Programming
Website Page development using HTML JavaScript
Artificial intelligence
Code Breaking
Computer Science based project

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 students can opt to take the full GCSE.

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this course has been designed with this in mind.

The topics covered are:

OCR (1 – 9)
Year 10 Year 11
Unit 1 Computer systems:

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
  • Programming project

    20 hour programming project:

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing, evaluation and conclusions
  • Recap and revise Units 1 and 2

    For a link to the course specification please click here.

    Key Stage 5

    The Level 3 BTEC National in ICT encourages young people to develop their skills and investigate the world of technology through the creation of ‘real life’ projects. These projects will focus upon a range of topics and they are listed below:

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    Computer systems
    Computer animation
    Communication and employability
    Information systems
    Impact of information systems
    Human computer interaction
    Database design
    Supporting business activities
    Business resources
    Organisational systems security
    Communication technologies


    For a link to the course specification, please click here.


    Thank you,

    Mr K Mitson – Head of Computer Science


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