From personal computers to smartphones, from apps to websites, all of our lives, every day, are enhanced through the use of computer hardware and programming technology. The Key Stage 3 Computer Science and ICT reflects this and provides students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying this subject in their future education and working lives in some of the most dynamic and well paid industries in the UK.
Programmes of Study
The curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. They can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems and are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Marking and Assessment
By the end of each year’s curriculum, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study in preparation entry to GCSE Business Studies or selection of GCSE Computer Science in Year 10. Each unit per half term will be assessed by classwork projects and by a written theory test. They will also undertake the IDEA – Inspiring Digital Enterprises Award program in Year 9. The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is an international award winning programme that helps students develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through our series of online challenges, pupils can achieve career-enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry-recognised Awards that help your child stand out from the crowd.
Revision Guides/Supporting Resources
All revision materials will be provided by the Department and online access to a virtual learning environment and interactive homework system.
Mr Turner – Curriculum Leader
Mr Christie – Teacher of DIT & Computer Science
Miss Richardson – Teacher of DIT & Enterprise
Mr Moorcroft – Teacher of DIT and KS3 ICT
Careers and Progression
The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been founded in partnership with teachers, students, education specialists and industry-leading employers. This subject helps prepare students for Key Stage 4 studies and future apprenticeships and careers in IT such as network management, software development, making apps, developing computer games or further studies in ICT. The course also supports computer literacy for life.