Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

ICT and Computer Science

  • Head of subject: Mr M Blower
  • Year groups taught: Year 7 to 13

Introduction

Welcome to the Computer Science department.

In the Computer Science Department we are passionate about students experiencing new technologies, gaining an understanding of how these technologies work and how new technologies can impact on their lives in a positive way.

Why is this subject important?

Computer Science is the driving force behind many of the technological advancements within a diverse range of industries and within our everyday lives. Problems in science, engineering, health care, and so many other areas can be solved by computers. It’s up to the computer scientist to figure out how, and design the software to apply the solution. The UK is currently investing resources in ensuring that we help develop computer scientists to continue the development of technologies in the future.

If students are interested in the following sectors then these course would support their direction towards these careers:

ICT technician, Project management, ICT Manager, Customer services, ICT Developer, Computer Scientist, Programmer, Web Developer, Games Developer/Designer, Software Engineer, Database Administrator, Digital Analyst, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence. Every industry uses computers so computer scientists can work in any.

General ICT skills are important for almost all career pasts and are vital growing up in the technological world in which we currently live.

Key stage 3

Students study Computer Science, and elements of Information Technology. This enables our students to develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design and computational thinking skills. The topics of study aim to develop positive minds towards building technology as well as using it. Students will begin to experience various types of computer programming, including both block-based and text-based programming, and gain an understanding of the fundamentals of computer science and computing. Study at key stage 3 will also equip students with key ICT skills which they require to thrive both within and following their education.

The topics covered during these lessons are

The fundamentals of computer science, including the use of binary and how various types of data are stored within a computer system, computer programming, computer hardware, computer software. Students will also cover core ICT topics along with guidance to help to keep themselves safe when operating online.

The skills students will learn this year are

Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and how to solve problems within programming code which they create. They will also learn a range of fundamental ICT skills in various software packages which will be useful in all areas of their study

Students study 1 lesson of Computer Science per week.

Key stage 4

Introduction

Our key stage 4 curriculum enables students to select a pathway which is most appropriate to them. Students are able to study Computer Science or choose a pathway which enables them to further explore more practical ICT skills.

Pathway: Certificate in digital applications

  • Examining body: Edexcel

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are
A creative individual who enjoys using ICT is somebody who will thrive when studying this course. Students design and creative skills will be developed.

What you will study
This qualification explores the use of ICT to create interactive and multimedia products such as websites, videos and animations. Students will gain a range of skills in these areas, encompassing a range of software applications and including other skills such as sound editing.

This can be studied from Year 9 to Year 11.

Students are assessed by
Unit 1 – Developing Web Products worth 25% of the course.
Unit 2 – Creative Multimedia worth 75% of the course.

What might students study after this?

Students studying this course may wish to progress to a variety of ICT courses at level 3.

 

Pathway: OCR GCSE in Computer Science

  • Examining body: OCR

The skills and qualities students need to succeed in this course are
Students will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills. It will help being a logical thinker and have good mathematical skills.

What you will study
Students will be given in-depth understanding of how computer technology works, including: how data is input, stored, processed and output, how computer programs are made and how different devices communicate. The course encompasses a theoretical understanding of computer technology and a knowledge of practical computer programming skills. This will lead to excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science. This can be studied from Year 9 to Year 11.

How is the course assessed?
Two examinations, each worth 40% of the course.
A practical programming project worth 20% of the course.

What might students study after this?
Students studying this course may wish to progress to Computer Science or Applied A Level

For more information contact

Mr M Blower.