Key Stage 3 Computer Science is delivered in years 7 and 8. During this time students will cover a range of essential skills preparing them for the GCSE Short Course Computer Science they undertake in year 9.
Introduction to the School Network and Policies – Students are given their usernames and login details for the network.
Presentations – Students learn how to structure a presentation suitable for a particular audience.
E-mail – Students learn the importance of etiquette in the use of email along with putting the school email policy into practice.
Desktop Publishing – With reference to professionally producing leaflets students cover the use of Desktop Publishing.
Simulation (Programming) – Using a suitable programming environment students explore some of the principles of Object Orientated Programming by making a simple game.
Data Processing – Students learn some of the key skills required for processing data using spreadsheets.
Presenting Information – Extending on the work in year 7 students learn how to link spreadsheets to live data allowing them to process data in an automated way.
Simulation (programming) – Students learn how to make more complex programs by integrating variables and loops within the same programming environment.
Modelling Systems – Students learn some more advanced skills including functions, look-up tables and how to restrict final user inputs for both ease and to reduce errors.
Web Design – Students learn how to construct a basic webpage using HTML and CSS.
Image Manipulation – Students learn to edit images using layers and clone tools.
Report Writing – In preparation for the coursework in year 9 students cover the essential skills required to use word-processing effectively.
During year 9 students cover Key Stage 4 Computer Science by completing the Short Course Computer Science GCSE. The course consists of a board set assignment and a written theory paper.