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The Computer Science, Business and Media Department
Head of Department = Miss L. Ogden
The department consists of 3 specialist teachers. There are 3 computer suites adequately resourced to allow each learner to have their own computer. The department has a shared focus for all learners to be the best that they can be and support this by ensuring all learners are provided with a curriculum that is both engaging and challenging.
All year 7 and 8 students are provided with the opportunity to develop their understanding and application of the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. They are encouraged to analyse problems in computational terms and write computer programs in order to solve such problems. Development of evaluation skills and application of information technology is an embedded part of the curriculum essential to develop responsible, competent and creative users of information and communication technology.
All students in years 9, 10 and 11 are provided with one lesson per fortnight to further develop the software knowledge and skills required by most employers. The lessons are designed to develop student competency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel as well as how to use a range of software in the most efficient and effective way.
In year 9 students begin their GCSE courses. Students can choose to complete the following GCSES; AQA GCSE Computer Science, Edexcel GCSE Business and/or EDUQAS GCSE Media.
Students complete an assessment paper at the end each topic to assess their progress against all assessment objectives. In years 9, 10 and 11 assessment papers are cumulative and cover all units of work studied.
The expectation for home learning in year 7 and 8 is that students will regularly complete activities set from the subject specific take away menu. In years 9, 10 and 11 weekly activities are set relevant to the GCSE subject studied.
The computer suites are available most weekdays after school for students to complete further independent study.
Subject specific revision sessions for year 11 run weekly after school.
Throughout the year a variety of enrichment opportunities take place in all 3 subject areas linked to both key events and key areas of the curriculum.