Head of Department - Mr R Healey
Course Leader for Creative iMedia: Miss N Latham
Course Leader for Computer Science: Miss N Latham
At Key Stage 3 pupils follow the new Computer Science framework studying the three strands of Computing: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy through a series of fun, pupil-friendly scenario-based modules to help pupils develop the skills they need to be confident computer scientists. The curriculum is designed to prepare pupils for KS4 Computing and to give them life skills using digital technologies. Our pupils are allocated 1 hour per week at KS3 on rotation with Technology.
Year 7 – Microbits and Algorithms, Spreadsheets, E-safety, Working with data and Scratch programming.
Year 8 – Introduction to Python programming, MS Logo, Introduction to Hardware and processing, Databases and using the Internet.
Year 9 – Networks and the Internet, Intermediate Hardware and processing, Intermediate Python programming, Logic gates, HTML coding and website development and Photoshop.
Overview in Years 10 and 11
At Key Stage 4 pupils have the option to study Computer Science or Creative iMedia.
In Computer Science students learn theories of Computing and develop Python programming skills. The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Our students learn how computers communicate with each other, how computers read data, how devices work and many other aspects of this exciting and highly demanded area of expertise. It provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of computer science. The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills.
Students who have taken GCSE in Computing and progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at this level. Our specialist teachers deliver this subject and students have the advantage of 3-hour lessons each week in Years 10 and 11.
Creative iMedia is a vocational qualification that will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fir-for-purpose creative media products.
The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing assets of the National Curriculum.