Adam Stenning : Head of Department
Computing is a discipline that offers rewarding and challenging possibilities. Computing requires and develops capabilities in solving deep, multidimensional problems requiring imagination and sensitivity to a variety of concerns.
An increasing number of universities and employers see successful completion of a computer science course as a sign of academic well-roundedness.
Computing jobs are among the highest paid and have the highest job satisfaction. Computing is very often associated with innovation, and developments in computing tend to drive it. This, in turn, is the key to national competitiveness.
- E-Safety – Using computers and staying safe online
- Programming – Using Scratch
- Programming – Using Python
- Graphics – Adobe Photoshop
- Graphics – Adobe Illustrator
- Sound Editing – Audacity
- E-Safety – Computer Crime
- Databases – Microsoft Access
- Spreadsheets – Microsoft Excel
- System Software and Security
- Data representation
- Computational thinking
GCSE Computer Science – Edexcel and WJEC (1-9)
This bold and exciting course provides students with a stimulating and motivating study of computer science fit for the 21st century. The depth of coverage means that it provides a solid foundation for either the study of A Level Computing or employment.
Another distinctive feature of the specification is the opportunity for students to demonstrate their programming and problem solving skills, skills that are assessed through external assessment in unit two
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a general qualifications such as GCE AS Levels, additional specialist learning (for example through another BTEC qualification).
This is a 2 year A Level Equivalent ICT course with UCAS points for University Entry. It is focused on practical programming and project management skills. To support any software developed, students will provide supporting technical reports.
Students will have 2 mandatory units and 4 optional units to complete.
This BTEC qualification in this specification are designed to prepare learners for employment in specific occupational sectors. It gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualification provides career development opportunities for progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions
https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Computer%20Science/2016/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/computer-science-spec-updated.pdf – Edexcel Computer Science Specification
https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Computer%20Science/2016/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/computer-science-sam.pdf – Edexcel Computer Science Sample Test and mark scheme
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/computer-science-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=Pearson-UK:Category%2FTeaching-and-learning-materials – Edexcel Computer science – Lessons resources
https://www.amazon.com/Revise-Edexcel-Computer-Science-Revision/dp/1292131209/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516161735&sr=1-2&keywords=edexcel+computer+science – Edexcel Computer Science Revision Guide