Computer Science and Creative iMedia

Head of Faculty: Mrs Anderson

Students receive a high quality computing education where they will be able to use Computational Thinking and Creativity to understand the emerging world. Students will learn the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to create programs and systems of their own.

Students are taught computing at KS3, for 1 hour per week through years 7, 8 and 9. We cover a range of topics so students are confident in a digital world. Feedback is provided regularly to students to help them improve their skills, knowledge and understanding.

At KS4 students can choose to study Computer Science or Creative iMedia. Computer Science focuses on what happens inside a computer including programming, networking, security and cyber security. Creative iMedia focuses on the creative aspects such as graphics, video, animation and games design.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • The fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology use

Overview of the Computing Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Digital Literacy – Microsoft packages Computational Thinking Online Safety PC Basics Intro to programming “block based” Programming unplugged
8 Graphics Programming Using Micro bits Computer Systems Digital Literacy – spreadsheets APP development Animation
9 Telling a story with a comic strip Developing for the web Cyber Security Intro to Python Digital Literacy – Databases Animation

 

At KS4 students, students who opt to study Computer Science will study the following:

The exam board that is currently being used is OCR and the topics are:-

  • Systems architecture
  • Memory and storage
  • Computer networks, connections and protocols
  • Network security
  • Systems software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology
  • Algorithms
  • Programming fundamentals
  • Producing robust programs
  • Boolean logic
  • Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments

 

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The current exam board is OCR.  The specification code is J277.  More information can be found : https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/

 

At KS4 students, students who opt to study Creative iMedia will study the following:

The exam board that is currently being used is OCR National and the topics are:-

  • Pre-production skills
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Storytelling with a comic strip
  • Creating a multipage website

 

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The current exam board is OCR.  The specification code is J907.  More information can be found: https://ocr.org.uk/Images/115888-specification.pdf