Subject Profile - Computer Science
Year 7 – After establishing their Baseline assessment students will have lessons about online safety. The course involves investigating the different parts of a computer and how they work together to become one of the many devices we use every day that rely on computer processing. This is the case even when they don’t look like a computer, for example air bags in cars, washing machines, gas meter and the ATM.
Year 8 – Social media plays a big part in a young person’s life. There are obvious dangers but also others such as identify theft and data protection which people of all ages should be aware. Students will look at how companies keep data secure, how banks ensure security and how pay pal accounts are protected.
Year 9 – Students in Year 9 have two hours per week which enable us to investigate more deeply the workings of the computer. This will include computers not only in the home, but also in such places – the car, petrol stations and supermarkets. Students will learn to understand how they are programmed to do the work for which humans have not got the time (or patience) to do. The mobile phone has more processing power than the space shuttle and students will learn how power needs to be guided to work more effectively through carefully planned instructions, ie to do exactly what is wanted but only when it is needed.
Year 10 – The new examinations have been introduced with much greater emphasis on the written exam, (two written papers), and just one practical programming task. In the first term we will be looking at Hardware and Software, Networking and Communications systems before moving on to how computers store different types of information without mixing up favourite musical tracks with holiday snaps or important documentation such as tax returns.
Year 11 – All Y11 Computing, ICT and Business students will take the ECDL qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE A*-C. Following the completion of ECDL the course will comprise of two practical tasks involving programming computers to solve real world problems.
Subject Profile – ICT
Year 10 – will be taking the ECDL qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE grade A* to C. There are four tests; three look specifically at word processing, presentations and spreadsheets, the fourth looks at using these effectively in a professional environment.
Year 11 – (See Computer Science) Following the completion of the ECDL groups will begin the practical task, which builds together several different skills over 40 hours of class room time to produce a portfolio of work that makes up 60% of their GCSE marks.