Why computing and computer science?
Computer science is evolving all the time in school. There was an increasing amount of criticism of the old ICT courses that schools used to teach. Some people said it was little more than learning about how to use Microsoft Office.
Computer science has come a long way since then. It develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.
Computing in key stage 3
Students are timetabled for two hours of computing and digital literacy a week in Year 7 and Year 8. It is an optional subject from Year 9 onwards. In computing, students learn about algorithms and how to program, using software packages such as Scratch and Python. They also learn how to code with BBC microbits and Raspberry Pi.
Digital literacy prepares students for today’s digital world. It covers IT and cyber safety, using the most up-to-date resources to keep your child safe online. Digital literacy also covers use of software to support learning in other subject areas.
Computing in key stage 4
Students can opt for a GCSE in computing:
Examination Board: OCR
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Computer Science
Link: Computer Science
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