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Members of Staff and Roles/Responsibilities

Mrs L Stone Curriculum Team Leader


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Subject Overview

In KS3 we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing to provide students with a sound level of Computing Science and ICT capability and provide them with the transferable skills to build upon in their learning in other subjects.  Students learn how to solve problems through the development of simple and complex algorithms and then learning how to program a computer using multiple programming languages.  Students will also learn about communicating information through graphical and written media, modelling data and how spreadsheets can be used to manipulate data, storing information in databases and how these can be used to easily search for particular data, and how to stay safe using electronic devices.


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KS3 Structure

All KS3 students have a one hour discreet lesson of Computing a week and follow the units of work:

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KS3 Content

YEAR 7
TOPICS COVERED

How to ICT
Modelling and presenting data
Introduction to computing
Computer programming 1
e-safety
Handling data

YEAR 8
TOPICS COVERED

Computer programming 2
Handling data
Introduction to robotics
The Apprentice

YEAR 9
TOPICS COVERED

Computer programming 3
Computing 2
Computer programming 4
Dragons Den

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KS4 Option

YEAR 10 and 11
TOPICS COVERED

GCSE
Computer Science
Practical investigation
Programming Project

Who is it for?
ICT competency is a key skill in the modern world. 20 years ago, digital literacy was a useful skill to have, but the explosion of computing devices has meant that almost all industries are reliant on computers making it a must have qualification.  Big data is growing and the volume of information available in every field is expanding exponentially.  To be successful in future, young people will need the skills to solve problems and create software to at least analyse and use data.  GCSE Computing will give students the hugely marketable skills of being able to use data with their own software, solve problems creatively and prepare them for a wide range of careers.

GCSE Computing
Computer Science is a qualification that is much in demand amongst employers.  It teaches students to think and creatively solve problems.
As part of the English Baccalaureate, Computer Science is a qualification that is in demand.  The huge skills gap in the UK and USA is set to widen, with around 1.5 million of the world’s highest paid jobs unfilled  in Computer Science over the next 5 years.  Computer Science has a large section of the course dedicated to computer programming, a hugely useful and transferrable skill as it teaches students how to solve problems.
The course is made up of a single 1 ½ hour exam that accounts for 40% of the overall grade and involves a combination of knowledge of computer hardware and software, and computer programming.

There are two further controlled coursework modules that account for 30% each of the overall grade.  One of these is a practical investigation into a computing topic and the other is a programming project.  Both tasks are set by the OCR exam board.

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