Computer Science Curriculum
Key Stage 3
Pupils will 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. Pupils 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. Pupils are required to design, implement, test and evaluate their solutions. Pupils will be required to code the complete system themselves.
Pupils will also focus on the computing theory and written side of Computer Science. Theory will be in-depth, covering complex concepts and ideas.
KS4 Academic Route – GCSE Computer Science
Systems architecture – Paper 1, Computer Systems
Memory and storage - Paper 1, Computer Systems
Computer networks, connections and protocols - Paper 1, Computer Systems
Algorithms – Paper 2, Computational Thinking
Programming fundamentals - Paper 2, Computational Thinking
Producing robust programs - Paper 2, Computational Thinking
Network security - Paper 1, Computer Systems
Systems software - Paper 1, Computer Systems
Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology - Paper 1, Computer Systems
Boolean logic - Paper 2, Computational Thinking
Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments - Paper 2, Computational Thinking
2 x Externally assessed examinations. From September 2020, exam boards will not require internally assessed controlled assessment.
KS4 Vocational Route – Digital Information Technology
Year 10 – Controlled Assessments
Component 1 – Internally Assessed - Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques
Component 2 – Internally Assessed - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data
Year 11 – External Assessment
Component 3 – External Assessment
Effective Digital Working Practices
• Modern Technologies
• Cyber Security
• Digital Systems
• Planning and Communication