About the Department
Head of Department: Ms M King
What you will study:
At Key Stage 3, as a department we encourage the girls to learn independently and to solve problems for themselves. They will also share their knowledge and skills with their peers which encourages team building. Computational thinking is a valuable skill for understanding the world of technology and the curriculum allows them to link what they do in lessons to the world around them.
There are several opportunities for our students to use various applications. They will often use more than one piece of software and students will develop the skills to be able to choose suitable software, based on the problem or task assigned.
Programming with the Micro:bit
Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Computer Crime and Cyber Security
AI and machine learning
Introduction to Python Programming
Creating a Podcast
Networks and the Internet
Websites and HTML
The work completed by the students will be assessed in a number of ways; teacher, self and peer assessed. The work given is also linked to a set of transferable skills that the students can apply to other subject areas and aspects of life.
Key Stage 4 Computer Science
What you will study:
At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Computer Science from the AQA exam board, this course is designed to develop computational thinking skills and apply them to practical scenarios.
- Fundamentals of algorithms
- Fundamentals of data representation
- Computer systems
- Fundamentals of computer networks
- Cyber security
- Relational databases and structured query language (SQL)
- Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy
Computational thinking and programming skills
Computational thinking, code tracing, problem solving, programming concepts including the design of effective algorithms and the designing, writing, testing and refining of code.
It is a 2 hour written exam.
Theoretical knowledge from subject content 3–8 above. It is a 1 hour 45 minutes written exam.
There is a mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing SQL programming skills and theoretical knowledge.