The Highcrest Academy

Computer Science

Intent

Our challenging curriculum will inspire students to develop their knowledge and understanding of Computer Science through studying the role of computing in the world today and how it will evolve in the future.  Through practical involvement in a range of activities, students will apply their knowledge and develop skills to help them succeed in the subject.  Our teaching and learning will help students develop a real applied focus to coding, independent thinking and problem-solving.  Students will understand how technology can be used to tackle current world issues.  They will develop valuable transferable skills and have the exciting opportunity to progress to the next level of study in this subject.

Impact

Our curriculum will ensure all our students develop their knowledge and understanding of computer science through studying the importance of computing in the world today and how it will evolve in the future. Through practical involvement in a range of activities, our students will learn to apply their knowledge and develop skills to help them succeed in the subject.  Our teaching and learning will help students develop a real applied focus, understand how technology can be used to tackle current issues, develop valuable transferable skills and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of study. Students will expand their experience of computer science through a range of extra-curricular visits and workshops that will consolidate their classroom learning and knowledge.

Staff in this department are committed to

  • Ensuring that all students become confident and competent users of ICT
  • Motivating and exciting students about the possibilities that Computer Science has to offer
  • Guiding individuals to become independent and interdependent users of ICT
  • Supporting students in all aspects of their learning to achieve their potential
  • Enabling students to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Encouraging students to become purposeful team members and be successful in their chosen courses.

Students in KS3 follow a programme of study which is adapted to suit the needs of all learners and progress is mapped through all three years.

KS4 Qualifications

OCR Nationals in Creative iMedia

GCSE Computer Science

KS5 Qualifications

OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 2

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology Level 3

ICT KS 3, 4 & 5

ICT is designed to equip young people with the ability to use technological tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information in a variety of contexts. The effective use of ICT also enhances the learning power of students by developing their creative and thinking skills, collaboration and independent learning.

In the lower school (KS3), IT is taught throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 covering topics from computer programming, to animation, modelling, spreadsheets, multi-media and data handling, using a variety of theory and practical resources. The iMedia course, for example, gives the students the opportunity to use digital graphics, create an online comic strip and design and create a multi-media product.

All the courses are designed to provide our students with a range of transferable skills which enable them to be successful in other curriculum areas and in future education or employment. 

ICT courses at KS5 are both challenging and demanding and students will need to be fully committed to completing work at home and after school in order to achieve at the highest level.

Computer Science KS 3, 4 & 5

Computer Science gives students an essential skill for life and enables learners to participate and contribute in a rapidly changing world.

Computer Science is designed to equip young people with the ability to use technological tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange, and present information in a variety of contexts. The effective use of Computer Science also enhances the learning power of students by developing their creative and thinking skills, collaboration and independent learning.

In the lower school, Computer Science is taught on the core curriculum. Students have the opportunity to cover a range of topics from computer programming to animation, modelling and data handling. In Year 9 pupils will follow a Computer Science skills-based course which provides a foundation for the GCSE Computer Science course that begins in Year 10.  This will prepare students for the two year GCSE Computer Science course and help further develop their skills in the areas of programming languages, hardware, software, computational modelling, networks and security.  This course is designed to provide our students with a range of transferable skills which enable them to be successful in other curriculum areas and in future education or employment.  Computer Science courses at KS5 are both challenging and demanding and students will need to be fully committed to completing work at home and after school in order to achieve at the highest level.

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