Computing, Media & IT
The ability to use and understand how computers work is an essential skill for students to be able to take an active part in modern society. The school has state of the art equipment in four dedicated computer suites and offers a wide range of courses to suit the interests of all students.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7,8 & 9, students are introduced to a wide variety of computer applications to develop their skills in using computer programmes. Since 2014 Computing has also been a key part of the National Curriculum and students have embarked on exploring the way that computers work and the programming techniques required for developing new applications. These courses are an ideal introduction to the world of computer science.
Key Stage 4
Two courses are offered to enable students to explore different aspects of ICT and Computing.
GCSE Computing – This new exciting course gives learners the opportunity to investigate and gain an in-depth understanding into how computers work, and how they are used.
Creative Media – This course offers learners the opportunity to study a diverse range of media topics, including video editing, camera operation, Sound editing, graphic design and media production. Please note, this course is for the beginner to intermediate students and is suitable for those who have no experience in the field of media production.
ICT has a very wide appeal to a whole range of career pathways. Here are but a few examples: Progress to study ICT or another subject at Degree Level, Network Management, Software and games development, Internet service provider, e-mail and messaging systems and website design and development.
The subject build on the topics covered in GCSE Computer Science. The subject takes a more in depth approach looking at how computers work and how programs are developed. There are two examined units at AS Computing Principles covering along with Algorithms and Problem Solving. If students carry onto the A level course these units are re-examined. The A level includes two examined units Computer Systems along with Algorithms and programming. There is also a coursework Programming Project which can be completed in a variety of high level Languages The topics covered over the two years include
- The function and types of processor
- Input, output and storage
- Operating systems
- Applications generation
- Introduction to programming
- Web technologies
- Data types and structure
- Boolean algebra
- Computer related legislation with Ethical moral and cultural issues
- Thinking abstractly, ahead, procedurally and logically
- Programming techniques
- Software development
Computer Studies can lead careers in programming, systems analysis and game design. The principles learnt on the can useful in business and a range of careers.
This specialist course provides the knowledge, understanding and technical skills for learners wishing to enter upon a career in the media industry including Computer Games Design or Development, Animation, Digital Graphics, Special Effects Production, Sound & TV.
Post, or even pre-university, there is a wide variety of lucrative careers involving computing for those with a passion for the subject and a willingness to keep learning. In fact, the growth and evolution of new technologies means in the future there will be lots of jobs that require computing skills that we have not even thought about yet! Computing is a subject that could awaken a passion that could lead anywhere and last a lifetime.