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Computing

Computing is a new subject that covers three areas:

  • Computer Science – how computers work and how to solve problems using a computer (especially through the writing of computer programs)
  • Information Technology – how computer systems are used in the modern world to help us create digital products and supply us with information
  • Digital literacy – how to use technology safely and securely to participate in modern society

In the last few decades computing has completely redefined the society we live in, leaving virtually no area of life untouched.

All course materials are available on Moodle: https://gmmoodle.co.uk

What we offer

Key Stage 3 (years 7-9)

Key Stage 4 (years 10-11)

Key Stage 3

Helpful Resources

BBC Key Stage 3 Bitesize: Computing

Year 7

In year 7 we start to explore the world of computing. We learn about how to build computer programs through creating sequences of instructions to manipulate data. We also undertake creative projects with digital images and learn about how computers actually work.

Units include

Online safety, digital media skills, games programming, text based programming, computing theory

Year 8

In year 8 we start to write more complex and structured computer programs. We also apply our knowledge to creating mobile apps and look at the more complex data structures contained in databases.

Units include

Social networking, mobile apps, computing theory, Python programming, data and databases

Year 9

In year 9 we focus on preparing students for their GCSE studies in Key Stage 4. Firstly we enhance programming skills and computer science knowledge for those that will take GCSE Computer Science. Secondly we engage in design projects to help prepare for Creative iMedia. Finally, we engage in skills building for effective office skills. This enables pupils to efficiently create effective documents for all their subjects.

Units include

Networks and the Internet, web design, programming and algorithms and IT skills for Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

AQA GCSE Computer Science; graded 1-9

Course Content

GCSE Computer Science is a challenging course that covers the foundations of computer science and programming. Students learn logical thinking and problem solving skills which can be applied in a wide variety of work settings. Understanding the fundamentals of computer technology can help students to rapidly understand new application programs.

When studied further at college and university, computing can lead to a range of high-demand technology careers. Computing is a very young subject that is changing the world at an incredible pace. It is becoming vital to study computing in order to understand the modern world.

Helpful Resources

https://projecteuler.net – If you have a mathematical mind and think you can really code then try Project Euler

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

Britain has a thriving creative industry. CiDA teaches the use of digital applications to create games and websites. As well as creating the core products, students learn to manipulate images, sound and video.

CiDA is equivalent to a GCSE. It is a vocational qualifications with 25% assessed by examination and 75% assessed by coursework. Many students find that the high level of coursework helps them to produce their best work for assessment.

Grading for CiDA is as below:

Level

Grade

Level 2

A*

A

B

C

 

Units Studied

Unit 1 – Web Design: In this unit pupils learn how to create websites. This unit is assessed by a practical examination. In the exam students are asked to create a website on the computer.

Unit 4 - Creating Computer Games: In this unit students design a game, source and create the assets, then use a game making tool to program their own game. When the game is complete they must create a promotional video and write a review of the game. The unit is assessed through coursework completed in class.