KS3 Computing & ICT
In KS3 students will cover a range of topics that will help to develop their ICT skills and introduce them to computing concepts. Students are introduced to computing through a clear framework of lessons that reflects the new computing programmes of study.
In Year 7 students will identify and describe a range of computer components and distinguish the difference between hardware and software. They will cover the topic of e-safety; they will also cover data collection and modelling using spreadsheets and be introduced to computer programming using Scratch.
In Years 8 and 9 students are introduced to the theoretical side of the subject. This will involve students learning and using a range of computer programming languages, algorithms and computational abstractions. The units of work will develop students’ ability to use their computing skills in a range of different contexts to solve more complex problems.
We currently offer three courses at Key Stage 4, catering to a wide range of student interests and learning preferences.
The ICT course places a strong emphasis on using computer applications to solve problems.
The GCSE Computing course moves that emphasis to understanding and developing new software and goes to the heart of how a computer functions.
The ECDL course tests the students’ knowledge and skill in using the office suite of software application.
ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence
ECDL is made up of a range of modules – each module provides a practical programme of up-to-date skills and knowledge areas, which are validated by a test. This enables students’ to develop and certify their computer skills using all the relevant ‘office’ applications.