Computer Science


Head of Department

Mr P Curran

 

Why Choose Computing?

Welcome to Computer Science! We believe that this is one of the best subjects your child can study. With the UK set to have 800,000 unfilled Information Technology jobs by 2020, the skills we teach will prepare your child for a dynamic and fulfilling career.

We have 4 specialist Computer Science teachers, four dedicated computer rooms and a team of dedicated technicians. Our teaching is founded on educational research, and we use some of the best available learning tools challenge all students to succeed.

Computer Science provides an excellent foundation for careers in science, research, technology, engineering, software design and business management. Students often go on to study Computer Science or Data Security at university, and many former students now work in the industry.

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We follow an aspirational scheme of work based on the national curriculum for Years 7 and 8, with students learning to code in Python by the end of the course. Our students learn the skills they need to use computers effectively and will even take some apart in Year 8. At the end of Key Stage 3 students are thoroughly prepared to begin their GCSE course in Computer Science.

If you’d like to support your child in their learning, please consider testing them on the key terms they’ve learned so far in their Year 7 Knowledge Organiser.

Year 7
Autumn Spring Summer
Binary and data representation

Using computers

Primitive data types

Algorithms

Python programming

Game design

 

Year 8
Autumn Spring Summer
Boolean algebra

Loops and functions

Computer hardware

HTML

HTML

Productivity skills

 

Exam Board: OCR

The Cambridge National in Creative iMedia is a vocational course designed to provide an introduction to the media industry where several of our staff have worked. Students will learn the skills they’ll need to start a career in design while developing their knowledge of planning and managing projects. The majority of the course is assessed using projects, with an exam at the end.

At Blue Coat School, we study the following four units:

Name Assessment Method
Pre-production Skills 1 hour 15 minute Exam
Creating digital graphics Internal Assessment (Course work)
Creating a multipage website Internal Assessment (Course work)
Creating interactive multimedia products Internal Assessment (Course work)

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Exam Board: OCR

The GCSE in Computer Science will encourage learners to

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
  • analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
  • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
  • apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

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Computer Systems
(1 hour 30 minute Exam) – 50%

  • 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 
(1 hour 30 minute Exam) – 50%

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

In addition, students will complete a practical non assessed programming project lasting 20 hours to demonstrate understanding of programming.