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Computing – KS4

Computing at Key Stage 4

We offer 2 courses at KS4 in both Computer Science and Information Technology so that we can accommodate the needs and interests of all students.  We offer a traditional GCSE course (Computer Science) and a more coursework based vocational course (Creative iMedia).

Computer Science is a discipline that seeks to understand and explore the use and workings of computer systems in the world around us.

We follow the OCR Computer Science GCSE which is split into two components. In the first of these, Computer Systems, students learn about what makes up a computer system, how they store data, how they are connected and kept secure, and the impact they have on the wider society. In the second component, Computational thinking, algorithms and programming, students learn about how algorithms are developed and the tools and techniques used to implement robust programs.

Alongside the theoretical study in preparation for the written exams, students also spend time developing their practical programming skills which reinforces their learning in the other areas of the course.

Information Technology deals with the purposeful application of computer systems to solve real-world problems, including issues such as the identification of business needs, the specification and installation of hardware and software, and the evaluation of usability. It is the productive, creative and explorative use of technology.

Creative iMedia deals with the application of creative media skills through their practical use, such as image manipulation and creating interactive digital media and websites. It provides learners with knowledge and transferable skills and tools that improves their learning in other subjects and encourages independence, creativity and an awareness of the digital media sector.