As a department we aim to encourage pupils to become both independent learners and creative thinkers through the world of computerised technology. The schemes of work we have in place aim to develop student’s core ICT skills. Students gain knowledge in a number of key areas ranging from the use of Microsoft office applications, html programming, website design and the use of Adobe suite software. Students also get the opportunity to design their own on screen animations. All projects are designed to challenge and engage the students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems. Our intent is for students to have a deeper understanding how ICT is used in their everyday lives.
A Level Curriculum Summary
We offer AQA Computer Science at A Level.
The course brings together an exciting mix of practical and theoretical Computing which will appeal to students with a creative approach to IT and problem solving.
There is a strong element of programming, which in year 12 will be in languages such as Python and Java, and the theory topics are taught through the writing of programs to put the concepts into practice. In the second year there is a substantial project, which can be done in any language or platform. In the past pupils have made iPhone Apps, interactive websites, search engines and educational games.
As well as teaching Computer Science itself, the course builds self confidence in the students by giving them the opportunity to design their own solutions to problems and find out themselves how to program them, and the satisfaction of making a useful and working product. As well as appealing to students wishing to go on to study Computer Science at university, the course will also benefit students aiming to pursue a career in business, giving them a deeper understanding of how IT systems can be designed, created and used.
Co-curricular, Enrichment, Extension and Support
Regular support sessions run during lunchtimes and after school.