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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Computer Science

Staff  Designation
Mr A Rogers Curriculum Leader
Miss N Godfrey Teacher of Computer Science
Mr D Swarbrick Assistant Headteacher 

Key Stage 3

Students will be develop the following knowledge, skills and understanding:

They will learn:

  • Programming—they will be taught at least one programming language, and will use it practically and creatively.
  • Algorithms—and why they are at the heart of how computers work
  • Data—how it is handled and stored and what it can be used for
  • Hardware—how computers and networks are made up and how they communicate

In addition they will:

  • Learn how to create simple computer games
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
  • Have opportunities to work collaboratively
  • Create a computer programme using a traditional coding style to solve a given task

Key Stage 4 – Digital Information Technology

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment including the:

  • Development of key skills that prove learners aptitude in digital information technology.
  • Processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as cyber security, virtual teams and legal and ethical codes of conduct.
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as how different user interfaces meet user needs.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Computer Science

Assessment for Computer Science will be based on a Programming Project and Practical Investigation assignment. Students are required to produce a report which will demonstrate their ability to analyse a problem, identify requirements, and make appropriate use of programming skills in providing solutions.  Students are required to design, implement, test and evaluate their solutions.  Students will be required to code the complete system themselves.

Students will also focus on the computing theory and written side of Computer Science. Theory will be in-depth, covering complex concepts and ideas.