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Computer Science

Computer Science Overview

We live in a world surrounded by amazing technology that helps us in so many ways it’s almost impossible to go through one day without making use of at least 10 computer devices. It is the aim of the computer science department to help students recognise when they use this technology, how to stay safe using the technology and how to develop the technology to help improve their experience of the world.

Computer Science is a subject that can unlock the digital world and present students with the problem solving skills to help them in other subject areas.

Year 7

The topics covered in year 7 are intended to give pupils secure grounding in computer science and explore the level of knowledge that they have brought with them from key stage 2.

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Year 8

Topics in year 8 focus on developing students understanding of computing concepts and build on what they studied in year 7.

Units covered include:

The department has two key stage 4 option routes, Computer Science and an ICT option.

Computer Science option route

This course the students study the OCR Computer Science (9-1) qualification.

Year 9

In this year the students start to approach their GCSE level work and start investigating the concepts taught at a deeper level.

Units covered include:

Year 10

Pupils start the GCSE level work embedding previous learning and developing programming skills to help with their final assessments.

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Year 11

In this year pupils will complete their Non-Examined Assessment and prepare for their final exams.

Units covered include:

ICT option route 2017 / 2018

Year 9

Year 9 will be a bridging year for students where they will develop ICT and multimedia skills that will allow them to advance on to a ICT qualification in Year 10.

HTML, CSS and Java Script

Pre-production skills

Interactive multimedia products

Year 10 and 11

Students will complete the Level 1 and Level 2 Cambridge National Creative iMedia qualification. This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts.

Year 10

Optional Units

Unit R085: Creating a multipage website

This unit enables students to build on the website development skills learnt previously and create multipage websites. Students will use their creativity to combine components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website against a client brief.

R087: Creating interactive multimedia products

Again building on previous learning students will learn where and why interactive products are used and their different features. Students will plan and create interactive multimedia products, reviewing their solution against the client’s brief.

Year 11

Mandatory units

Unit R081: Pre-production skills

Students will learn about how to plan pre-production effectively including understanding of client requirements and reviewing pre-production briefs.

They will use this knowledge in the optional units when they develop their own media products. This unit also provides excellent transferable skills such as project planning which will be useful in a wide variety of contexts.

This unit is externally assessed through an OCR set and marked 1 hour 15 minute exam.

Unit R082: Creating digital graphics

Digital graphics are a key part of most digital products and this mandatory unit will help support the other optional units in the suite. Students will learn the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector, considering client requirements that they learnt about in R081.