The Computing Curriculum
The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. The qualification specifically requires students to undertake a practical investigation which involves planning and carrying out a practical investigation of a given topic. Students also develop their skills with programming and learn a specific coding language; they create algorithms which provide solutions to stated problems, then code their solutions in a suitable programming language.
The content of the curriculum for Computer Science comprises GCSE Computer Science in years 9,10 and 11. We follow the OCR specification which can be found here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/
We also offer the Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) Level 2 which aims to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use. We focus on web and graphic design on this pathway. The specification which can be found here: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/digital-applications-cida-dida/cida-2012.html