ICT and Computer Science
Head of Department: Mr S Porter
In Key Stage Three, students receive a balance of curriculum content divided between ICT skills and Computer Science. This prepares them to opt for KS4 courses in either subject.
It is important that all students are prepared for a world that is ever changing due to digital technologies.
All students are taught to use logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, design and structured problem solving – these are all skills and concepts that are valuable well beyond the computing classroom. We recognise the importance of Computer Science as part of the curriculum due to the demand for computer scientists and the want from students to be taught this discipline.
Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 ensures that all skills are applicable to many contexts from business to engineering and is already leading to deeper understanding within many areas of each students schooling.
During Key Stage 3 all students will learn the following:
•Algorithms - Computational Thinking
•Programming & Development – Both Graphical and Textual based programming
•Data & Data Representation – Binary, Hexadecimal, Binary Subtraction etc
•Hardware and Processing – Moore’s Law, von Neumann architecture, Hardware and Software
•Communication & Networks – Hardware and Protocols, WAN’s, LAN’s to Mac Addresses
•Information Technology – E-safety, Legislations, Databases, Modelling, Creative Projects
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students can opt to follow GCSEs in either ICT or Computer Science. The Key Stage 4 curriculum content is provided in the latest version of our options booklet.