Key Stage Three
Students are given a unique opportunity to develop their understanding of Digital Technology & Computational thinking through a curriculum based on project led programming. The students use a broad range of software packages to create their project work and the department uses Google Classroom for all DT and Computing courses. All students at KS3 are required to upload assignments, keep blogs and contribute to online discussions. Students work on creative projects and are required to submit their Plans and Designs and Evaluations as part of each project.
Programming HTML, CSS & JS
Introduction to Programming Concepts
Game Developement in Scratch
Programming Software Apps in Scratch
Sequential Programming with Robomind
Problem Solving with Robomind
The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who’ve taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.
Through studying a GCSE in DT, students become more independent and discerning users of DT who can make informed decisions about its use. They have opportunities to acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of DT in a range of contexts. They also develop their understanding of new technologies and their impact on society. They take a practical approach, developing and evaluating DT-based solutions of their own to solve problems. At the same time, they focus on ensuring that their practice is safe, secure and responsible.
This qualification gives a general grounding in computing, including an understanding of computer systems, the principles of programming and the solving of problems.
It includes assessment of coursework, a programmed solution to a task for a real end user.
Assessment is simple and straightforward, with all examination papers externally assessed and the coursework element internally assessed and externally moderated.
Content is designed to include more computer science than traditional DT.
This specification is excellent preparation for those students intending to pursue computing studies at degree level, or for anyone considering any kind of career in computing.
This qualification will give students opportunities to:
develop knowledge, understanding and skills to meet human need in a broad range of activities;
develop awareness of the management of resources to meet an identified human need in a diverse and ever-changing society, including values issues;
take account of rapid technological changes and the growth of scientific knowledge and understanding; critically evaluate evidence to justify informed decisions;
use information and communication technology (DT) where appropriate;
develop innovative, creative and original ideas through active investigations; and
make use of their wider knowledge and understanding.
Computer Science Department
Mr Conor Grimes (HoD)
Mr Gareth Kelly
Mrs Laura Thomas
Mr Luke Beegan
Dr Claire Grills
Mr Noel McIlvenny