Curriculum on offer within the Computer Science Department
In the words of Steve Jobs, “Everyone should learn how to program a computer; it teaches you to how to think.”
ICT and Computing knowledge and skills are in high demand within in a globally competitive world. It has become an ever-growing part of human life, affecting many aspects of a person’s day. Today a computer chip is embedded in almost every device, smartphones, washing machines, heating systems, cars and healthcare devices. Computer scientists have a significant impact on how our society advances by developing and maintaining these systems: whether it be for our home, work, learning or entertainment environments. Computer Science and ICT is an exciting and rapidly evolving subject that offers excellent employment prospects and well-paid careers.
Our intent is to equip students with the relevant skills and knowledge to be successful in the rapidly changing world of technology. Our curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop their capability, creativity, and subject knowledge. It also takes advantage of the content of other subjects such as maths, science and design and technology.
At Key Stage three, students will learn about e-safety, how to manipulate sound, computational thinking and coding using user-friendly packages such as Scratch and how to use flowcharts to make real-life computer simulations work. They will learn to program in Python, giving them a foundation for GCSE controlled assessment. They will also learn about the theoretical aspects of computing as an introduction to the content for the Component 1 - Computer Systems in their KS4 studies.
At Key Stage 4, students are then given two pathways to follow in depth, at GCSE. They can either select the Computer Science route or the ICT route.
The Computer Science GCSE we offer is by OCR and has been running for many years. Students will take two exams worth 100% in total, both exams will be sat at the end of year 11.
J277/01: Computer systems
Written paper: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of total GCSE, 80 marks
This is a non-calculator paper. This paper consists of multiple-choice questions, short response questions and extended response questions.
J277/02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
Written paper: 1 hour and 30 minutes. 50% of total GCSE and 80 marks
This is a non-calculator paper. This paper has two sections: Section A and Section B.
Students must answer both sections.
In Section B, questions assessing students’ ability to write or refine algorithms must be answered using either the OCR Exam Reference Language or the high-level programming language they are familiar with.
Students who choose to take ICT will do OCR’s Cambridge National Certificate Level 1/2 in Creative iMedia. This course will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products. This course will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.
The National Certificate consists of two mandatory units and one optional unit. This means that there will be three main assessment components to the course, one will be externally assessed through an exam and the others will be internally assessed through coursework projects set by the exam board. Students will have the opportunity to work with industry standard applications like Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. This is a very engaging and enjoyable course which will give students the skills relevant for the digital age we live in.
At Key Stage 5, we offer the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT following the Application Developer Pathway. The course allows pupils to broaden their Computing knowledge to cover both Computer Science and ICT. Learners will be able to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding the IT sector required in the IT sector, and develop further skills by completing a range of units through a choice of these specialist pathways:
- IT Infrastructure Technician
- Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner
- Application Developer
- Data Analyst
In Key Stage 5, Pupils will be completing the following units:
- Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT (Exam Unit)
- Unit 2: Global information (Exam Unit)
- Unit 6: Application design. (Internally Assessed Coursework - Externally Moderated)
- Unit 9: Product development. (Internally Assessed Coursework - Externally Moderated)
- Unit 21: Web design and prototyping. (Internally Assessed Coursework - Externally Moderated)
- Head of department: Bertha Nsong-Fonge
- Email: Bertha.NsongFonge@cncs.school