Computing

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.

Course Content:

Topic list
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.

Year 7

Using Computers Safely
Programming with the Micro:bit
Algorithms and flowcharts
Introduction to Spreadsheets
Graphics

Year 8

Computer Crime and Cyber Security
Web design and HTML
Spreadsheet Modelling
Algorithms 2
Python Programming

Year 9

​Understanding Computers
Networks
Sound Editing in Audacity
Python 2
Flash

Assessment:

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.

Course Content:

  1. ​Fundamentals of algorithms
  2. Programming
  3. Fundamentals of data representation
  4. Computer systems
  5. Fundamentals of computer networks
  6. Fundamentals of cyber security
  7. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy
  8. Aspects of software development
  9. Programming project

Assessment:

Paper 1

Computational thinking and problem solving. It is a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 2

Theoretical knowledge from subject content 3–7 above. It is a written exam of 1 hour 30 minutes. There is a mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge.