Subject Leader:

Mr D Hesketh / Mrs A Philora

Subject supports the whole school curriculum intent statement by ensuring:

Using computer science to develop a way of living that improves the quality of life for all. To prepare students for jobs and careers that don’t yet exist and to do that developing a safe, effective and responsible attitude to using computers in the community

Computing and IT has created a digital divide and our mission is to close that gap and come up with solutions that make society fair, create opportunities for all, respect the environment and have a greater understanding of our moral and ethical obligations. Using computers and IT can make the world a better place, we just need to learn how to do that effectively.

We pride ourselves in developing students that are competent in all aspects of digital literacy so that they have transferable skills in to not only specialist areas but also other subjects and industries where IT can enhance them.

Students in KS3:
Students are taught how to be safe, effective, and responsible computer scientists by completing our key skills computing licence. They will learn how to protect and organise their passwords, files, and folder. Learn how to stay safe using social media, how to browse and search the internet responsibly, how to send and receive email and spot any threats, how to be sustainable and explore e-waste, and the basic components of a computer system.

Students in KS4:
Students that have opted for IT will study BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology. Amongst the mandatory units’ students will study IT in the digital world, finance and spreadsheet modelling, and augmented reality to present information.

Students in KS5:
Students that have opted for IT will study Cambridge Technical IT. Amongst the mandatory units’ students will study IT fundamentals, global information management, and Social Media with digital marketing. We are also introducing Augmented and Virtual reality systems.

Curriculum Journey:

Extra-curricular Information:

We use the online platform Moodle for students to access their work, links to our extra-curricular activities and the Computer Science Learning Hub. We recommend students explore Scratch, Kodu, Codecademy, and Hour of Code. Activities and clubs are invitation only and will be frequently advertised across school. We will notify students about any upcoming trips and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

Possible areas of future study:

Many companies hire graduate developers, and some use freelance developers. You may find there are opportunities for you to become self-employed at an early stage in your career.

Work experience and brushing up on skills such as commercial awareness and resilience will boost your employability. IT graduates who are interested in alternative career paths may wish to consider translation. Experienced developers will know many computer languages, and many of the same techniques can be applied to learning a foreign language.

The IT sector is constantly changing with developments and advancements in technology. For most IT careers, you’ll require technical know-how as well as an eye for detail, excellent communication and problem-solving skills.

Possible future careers:

• data analyst
• data scientist
• systems analyst
• computer sales support worker
• database administrator
• network administrator
• IT support analyst
• web developer
• UX designer
• data visualisation analyst
• systems developer
• software developer
• mobile developer
• IT consultant
• cyber security specialist
• IT or software trainer

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