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Computing

Head of Department: Dr W Grey

Our Computing curriculum equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

The core of computing is computer science, in which our pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, our pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

We want to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

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Key Stage 3

Our detailed curriculum can be viewed on the downloads on this page.

Key Stage 4

Core Computing

What is Core Computing?

It is vital that all pupils are equipped with a strong set of digital skills before they move on to the next stage of their learning. Therefore all pupils in Year 10 and 11, including those already studying iMedia and GCSE computer science, will complete core computing.  

What skills will I develop?

You will learn the basic digital skills.  This will include being confident using office applications (Word), and online collaborative tools (sharepoint, Teams and OneNote).  In addition you will continue to learn about how to stay safe online.  We will also examine how algorithmic thinking approaches can be used as study techniques.  

What syllabus will I follow?

As part of the core computing curriculum pupils will also complete the inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) award. The iDEA award will help you to develop your digital, enterprise and employability skills. More information about the award can be found here: .

What will the course look like?

The core curriculum will be delivered through your core KS4 subjects (MFL, English, Science, Maths and PE). You will complete the Bronze award for iDEA during the curriculum extension days and for homework throughout year 10 and autumn term in year 11. The assessments can be completed independently, and you will be guided through their learning. The qualification takes 20-25 hours in total over 12 months. Topics that will be covered include: 

  •  Making websites
  • Animation
  •  Graphic Design
  •  Video Editing
  • The cloud
  •  E-safety
  •  Internet and Web
  •  Digital Research
  •  Coding
  •  Big Data
  •  Money Management
  •  Social Media in Business
  •  Problem solving
  •  Growth Mindset
  •  Teamwork
  •  Interviews
  • Working from Home
  •  Advertising
  •  Fake News
  •  Personal statement

What homework will I get?

You will be set homework through the core subjects approximately once every half term in order to give you sufficient opportunity to complete the iDEA award.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete the online assessments to achieve iDEA badges with the aim of achieving the Bronze award. 

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

The iDEA award is a widely recognised qualification and is something that will help you in future employment or study

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

There are no requirements for this course.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

Please speak with your computer science teacher or head of computing Dr Grey wgrey@combertonvc.org.  I

 

Computer Science (GCSE)

What is Computer Science GCSE?

This is a full GCSE which is graded from 9 to 1. On this course pupils will study how computers work, how to write programs and how data are represented and handled by applications. Pupils will have to design and write programs in the Python programming language.

What skills will I develop?

Pupils will develop analytical and problem-solving skills and gain experience of meeting particular end-user requirements. The content is highly mathematical and requires a high level of logical reasoning.

What syllabus will I follow?

The course is AQA GCSE Computer Science (8520).

What will the course look like?

There will be six lessons per fortnight. During the first two terms the main focus will be problem-solving techniques and learning the Python programming language. Pupils will complete a range of tasks to consolidate knowledge. Lessons will be a mix of practical (programming) and theory lessons. There will be regular exam-style practice assessments. The complete list of topics that pupils will learn are:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming
  • Data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Computer networks
  • Cyber security
  • Impacts of digital technology on society
  • Software development

What homework will I get?

Homework will be of a variety of types:

  • Research of a topic
  • Initial design of a solution to a problem
  • Completing a programming task
  • Evaluation of work created in class

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this GCSE has recently changed and is to be based entirely on two exam papers. This will cover programming and the different topics studied on the course. The exams will consist of short-answer and long-answer questions. The quality of written communication is also assessed.

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

This course is an excellent basis for an A Level in computer science. This can open the door to a huge number of degrees and apprenticeships. Examples of these are cyber security and big data analytics which are massive areas of growth.

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

To succeed in this course, pupils should be very interested in how computers work. An interest in how to solve logic and maths puzzles are also desirable.  Pupils will need to be able to research topics effectively and to develop programming skills such that their products are suitable for the stated end user. They will also have to meet strict deadlines.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

Class resources, tutorials and useful links for this course will be made available electronically and can be accessed from school or home.

 

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