Computer Science

We believe that students deserve a Computing and ICT curriculum which prepares them for the digital and fast paced world they live in.  Computing and ICT sits within the Communications and Technology faculty (Business Tourism, ICT, Technology, Computer Science, Media).

ICT, Digital Literacy and Computing gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the digital and global world.  They learn how products and business systems work, the skills that businesses require to thrive, with ICT skills that then can lead onto programming skills that make creative use of a variety of resources including traditional and digital technologies, and how these all help improve the world around them and for them to become a valued member of a digital society.

We thrive to provide opportunities which allow students to develop a knowledge of a range of ICT, Digital Literacy and Computing in KS3 including; ICT (how digital systems work), Digital Literacy (using digital systems and apps) and Computing (creating digital systems and apps). Students will grow in confidence through dedicated teaching environments, the latest ICT equipment and software, and specialist teaching.

At the centre of the subject is creativity and enterprise. ICT and Computing are subjects which draw, develop and implement a range of different disciplines; including mathematics, science, engineering, geography and art. The subject embeds high quality literacy skills through analysis and evaluation techniques.

As students progress to KS4 they choose an area to study within the department, which for ICT is iMedia. In the chosen area, the subject allows for deeper study of the digital and business world they live in, potential career opportunities and with the skills developed at KS3 the confidence to task risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. The subjects encourage students to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, within a variety of contexts, while considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values.

The iMedia course equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to work in the creative digital and business sector.

Our Computing and ICT curriculum will give the students an opportunity to:

Research and Design

  • Engage in an iterative process of design and making;
  • Undergo primary and secondary research techniques into a range of clients’ needs;
  • Identify and solve their own problems and the problems of specific clients and target market groups;
  • Develop products that respond to the needs of clients in a variety of situations;
  • Use a variety of digital pre-production techniques and creative digital media applications;
  • Develop and communicate their design ideas.

Make

  • Select from and use specialist digital media tools, techniques, processes to produce a planned product;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of digital applications and pre-production techniques.

Evaluate

  • Investigate new and emerging digital technologies;
  • Personal project work, analysing how the product fulfils the requirements of the specification and the user’s needs, wants and values;
  • Recognise how their product can be modified to better meet its intended aim and target audience;
  • Understand developments in ICT and other digital concepts and its impact on individuals, society and the environment.