We believe our pupils should be exposed to a variety of technologies, and the latest developments, to ensure they are adequately prepared for a world that is increasingly dependent on the digital environment.
The School has seven ICT suites located around the school. Four departments have specialist suites: Art, DT, Physics and a Modern Languages digital language laboratory. The other suites are for general class use and ICT lessons. There are also laptop safes and class sets of tablets enabling a more mobile level of ICT provision. All pupils have school email and have the opportunity to access files and departmental software using our remote access software from outside the school environment.
On arrival into Year 7, pupils are given an induction session, which introduces them to the network, provides them with a school email and teaches them the importance of storing important information securely. Pupils have dedicated ICT lessons, where they learn the basic concepts central to the process of creating software applications. They are taught a range of skills that exploit a variety technology for the learners’ benefit. Learning, at an appropriate level, how to operate in a web-enabled environment as well as how to use code and programming to design simple applications and games. As pupils move into Year 8 (2015-2016), they are introduced to the realities of social networking, web and mobile application development, multi-media technology and, most importantly, how to use technology to work collaboratively and safely.
During Year 9 pupils utilise their learnt skills in many of their subject areas to support their learning, whilst also being exposed to many new ICT experiences. In Years 10 and 11, pupils receive ICT lessons as part of the PHSE carousel. Here they will enhance their understanding of available software and develop these skills in all aspects of their future work. Pupils are also learn about the importance of being a responsible digital citizen and gain an understanding of how their digital footprint can impact on their lives.
A Level Computer Science is a fun and challenging subject, pupils will learn about computers in depth and gain a solid understanding of how computer technology works. They will study the practical application of computers and be encouraged to think creatively, through applying practical programming solutions.
This A Level course offered by OCR is divided into three components. Component 01 provides 40% of the total A level and relates to computer systems, looking at computer architecture and the design of the internal operation of a computer. It looks at how the component parts of computer systems relate to one another, including software, data, hardware, communication and people. It investigates the different methods of communication and the functionality of networks and the internet, as well as legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues. Component 02 provides 40% of the total A level and relates to algorithms and programming, where pupils will learn how to program with increased complexity and gain a better understanding of the commands and structures found in most programming languages. Component 3 provides 20% of the total A level and is a practical portfolio based assessment. Throughout the programming project pupils will develop computational thinking techniques which are a set of fundamental skills that help produce a solution to a problem and are the main principles of solving problems using computers.
There are many reasons to study Computer Science, the digital age needs computer scientists; computer scientists are needed in every industry; there are excellent career prospects, with good earning potential; you gain valuable thinking and programming skills that are extremely attractive in the modern workplace.
To get the most out of this course it is recommended that you have a strong background in Maths.