Computing and ICT

Head of Subject: Mr A. Bateman

 

Subject overview:

Hanley Castle High School’s Computing and IT Department aims to develop the capability of its students to be digitally literate, safe and capable users of information technology. The Computing umbrella covers three important principles:
Computer Science
Information Technology
Digital Literacy

 

Year 7:

E-Safety and Digital Literacy (Responsible Computing)

Hardware

IT Capability (The Rainforest Trust Project)

Computational Thinking

Game Design (Scratch)

 

Year 8:

Visual Coding and More Games Design (using Kodu)

Text-Based programming

Web Design (in HTML and Serif Webplus)

Graphics

Digital Literacy

 

Key Stage 4:

GCSE Computer Science (OCR)

  • Computer Programming
  • Developing an understanding of current and emerging technologies
  • Building an understanding of computer technology to become discerning users of IT
  • Problem-Solving
  • Computational Thinking

 

Cambridge National in Creative iMedia

  • Pre-Production Techniques
  • Graphics
  • Multimedia Design
  • Video Production
  • Website Design

 

 

Post-16:

A Level in Computer Science (OCR)

An intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, and can look at the natural world through a digital prism.

The aims of this qualification are to enable learners to develop:

  • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of Computer Science.

BTEC Level 3 in Information Technology (Edexcel)

This practically driven qualification strikes a balance between the development of IT capability and relating the use of computers to business and the world in which we live. It is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction into the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

click here for post-16 (sixth form) courses and information

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