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Computer Science

The Compter Science Department strives for all students to achieve their potential in ICT and ensure that they have the skills to become lifelong learners and users of technology. We seek to ensure that they leave us with the necessary skills to go on to successfully complete an ICT or Computer Science qualification, other areas of study or into employment.

Statement of Work

 At Key Stage 3, students undertake a variety of half-termly units, all of which are linked explicitly to National Curriculum Learning Objectives. At Key Stage 4, students are assessed according to the course syllabus they are studying.

Key Stage 3

Students in KS3 experience a diverse range of topics, software packages and new technologies in order to build their Computer Science skills thus preparing them for KS4 and beyond.

Year 7

Topics students will typically study include:

• Internet Communication and E-Safety
• Multimedia Presentations
• Searching the Internet and Collecting Information
• Desk Top Publishing and Podcasting
• Financial Modelling and Marketing
• Exploring Databases
• Sequencing Instructions and Computer Games

Year 8

• Datalogging
• Website Design
• Searching the Internet and Collecting Information
• Spreadsheets
• Sequencing Instructions and Game Design
• Planning, Marketing, Podcasting and Video Editing

Key Stage 4 Information and Communication Technology

At KS4, which now starts in Year 9, students follow the OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National in ICT.

This course consists of four units which are equally weighted contributing 25% each towards a student's final grade. There are three controlled assessments and one examination.

R001 – Understanding Computer Systems – 1 hour examination based on pre-release material which is released by the examination board 6-8 weeks before the exam and changed annually. This examination is not terminal and may be re-sat once more before the end of the course.

R002 – Using ICT to Create Business Solutions – a set brief studied over approximately 10 hours. A controlled assessment; where students use a range of software to meet user requirements. Software typically used in this unit includes spreadsheet, word processing, database, graphic manipulation and a desktop publisher.

R003 – Handling Data Using Spreadsheets – a set brief studied over approximately 10 hours. A controlled assessment; where students develop their spreadsheet skills. These include a wide range of functions, formulae and linked worksheets as well as completing filters, sorting tasks and generating a graph to meet user requirements.

R004 – Handling Data Using Databases – a set brief studied over approximately 10 hours. A controlled assessment; where students develop their database skills. These include creating and modifying tables, producing data entry forms to aid the user, generating queries and presenting these as reports. Students are also expected to produce a user interface and test their solution to ensure it is fit for purpose.

Extended learning tasks are usually presented in a booklet related to the unit currently being studied and are supported via a learner companion. 

KS4 Computer Science

Computer Science is a very challenging and rewarding qualification.  There is a significant emphasis on a students ability to solve logical problems through computational thinking and Maths. The units of study for the course are as below:

Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming Project

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

The Programming Project is a piece of controlled assessment which is usually completed using Python or similar coding software.

Please contact Mr Kling - klingd@bishopperowne.co.uk for more information about Computer Science.

Curriculum Overview

Computer Science Yrs 7-11

ICT Yr 9

ICT Yr 10

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