Computer Science

 
What will the subject allow me to do?

Computing will enable students to think carefully about how computer systems and software are created. Students will be able to create custom written software from scratch and be able to test it in a variety of ways. Students will learn about topics such as Logic, Data storage and how artificial intelligence is coded

 
Staff
  • Mr A Metcalfe – Head of Department
  • Mrs C Dykes
  • Mrs K Lawrence
 
KeyStage3

Curriculum Plan

  • Year 7
Unit
Skills
Assessment

Health and Safety

Students will learn about how to safely use computer equipment, software, hardware and spot accidents and their preventions

Formal Test

3D game design

Students learn about the basic of game design and how to create engaging solutions

Formal Test

Code Investigation

Students experiment with and understand the workings of different codes

Formal Test

Hardware

How does a computer system work? Students research and investigate

Formal Test

HTML

Students create the code needed for websites

Formal Test

Python Unit 1

Students complete their first Python programming unit. This includes variables, selection, iteration and arrays

Formal Test

 

  • Year 8
Unit
Skills
Assessment

Algorithms

Students look at how to break computing problems down into steps

Formal Test

Computer Attacks

Students look at how system are hacked and how to prevent these threats

Formal Test

Computer ethics and machine learning

Students teach a machine and get it to learn. They then test and understand the importance of this technology

Formal Test

Digital Audio

Students create audio and understand the technology behind how it is stored

Formal Test

Digital Photos

Students create images and understand the technology behind how it is stored

Formal Test

Python Unit 2

Student build upon what they learnt in year 7. They program more advance solutions using  a wider range of techniques

Formal Test

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of a spelling test and a knowledge test. In addition to revision this will help students achieve well in their end of unit test.

Computing club is also available on a Wednesday 3-4 in F8

 
Keystage 4

Students will study OCR GCSE Computer Science.

Unit
Content
Assessment

Comp 1

Main theory for the course:

  • CPU Architecture
  • Main Memory
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Systems Software
  • Ethical use of Computing

50 %

 

1.5 Hour Exam

Comp 2

Practical Theory for the course:

  • Computational thinking
  • Software design
  • Robust programs
  • Logic
  • Translation Languages
  • Data and Calculations

50 %

 

1.5 Hour Exam

Comp 3

Practical programming unit in preparation for Comp 2

20 Hours programming time

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of theory revision and online exam questions. Students will be given a formal assessment at the end of each sub-topic.

Computing revision is on Tuesday and Wednesday 3-4 in F33/F34

 
Keystage 5

 

Students will study BTEC Nationals Computing.

Unit
Content
Assessment

Unit 1

Computer Fundamentals

  • Procedure Programming
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Web Driven Programming
  • Use of data structures

1.5 Hour Exam

Unit 2

Main theory for the course

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Networking
  • Procedures and protocols
  • Security
  • Calculations

1.5 Hour Exam

Comp 7

Security and Attacks:

 

Students will research and investigate hacking, attacks and threats. Students will design, plan, setup and maintain a network security policy using real equipment.

Project Based

Unit 14

Game Design:

 

Students will research game technology, design, create and code a 3D game. Students will test the game for bugs, errors and performance.

Project Based

 

Homework and support

Computing revision is on Tuesday and Wednesday 3-4 in F33/F34