We aim for our students to become problem solvers and competent users of modern computer systems in preparation for navigating the future of our ever-changing digital world. The aim of our KS4 curriculum is to enable students to develop capabilities, skills and knowledge in computer science and digital information technologies that will inspire and enthuse them with the understanding that these subjects are essential in today’s world and provide a gateway to numerous fields that rely on innovation and critical thinking skills.
Computer Science is a relevant subject that links with Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology and we want students to link concepts they are learning in order to understand the world around them in more depth. We aim to motivate and support the creativity within our students so that they feel confident in the belief that they can change the world for the better.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate, where they are able to use, 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.
The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Which course will i follow?
Computer Science (9-1) – J277, OCR, QN 601/8355/X
GCSE Computer Science Curriculum
Enrichment opportunities for computer science
- Visit Bletchley Park | Home Discover the incredible achievements of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers, in the place where it happened.
- Visit The Centre for Computing History – Computer and Video Game Museum – Cambridge
- Visit Learning Activities for Secondary Students (computingatschool.org.uk) for additional practical learning opportunities
- Explore West Midlands Computer Programming for Children (all4kidsuk.com) as a family
- Isaac Computer Science Free online Computing Course for A Levels and GCSEs
- After-school consolidation lessons and drop-in sessions
Useful websites for GCSE Computer Science: