Computing & IT Studies
Subject overview: Computers and technology are an integral part of our lives, shaping the ways in which we communicate, travel, work, and play. Learning core skills Computer science and ICT have broad applications, providing opportunities to study a wide range of courses, opening all sorts of career routes in science, medicine, business, engineering and computing. Computer Science and ICT are one of the most dynamic, fast moving and innovative sectors in the world, and there is an increasing demand for talented students to undertake careers in Computer Science and ICT. At Douay Martyrs we have overhauled our curriculum at all key stages to develop the skills needed for a career in computer science.
The subject provides students with an introduction to the world of computer science, with students developing key ICT digital literacy skills. Within the subject, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science including computational thinking, a logical mindset and problem solving skills. Using a variety of programming languages, including python, this will form the foundation from which students will be able to take on Computer Science at GCSE, A-Level and beyond.
What we cover in each year group:
Years 7/8: The students will begin the year learning key digital literacy skills, and the software used within the school. The students will then be completing a HCI (Human Computer Interaction) project, in which they explore good (and bad) designs, and use this knowledge to create a prototype for an app. Students will learn about algorithms and pseudocode, and take on coding projects and challenges. Students will also learn about the basics of data representation, computer architecture and computer networks.
Year 9: Students will be further developing their knowledge of computer science, exploring the python programming language, creating web pages using HTML and CSS and discussing the impacts of computing and looking at emerging trends and the principles behind them. This will form as a foundation for the GCSE course.
Year 10/11: Students will be undertaking the new GCSE in Computer Science. This includes 2 40% papers, and a 20% programming based controlled assessment. As well as programming, students will learn data representation, computer systems, computer networks and security. Years 12/13: Students who choose to study Computer Science and at A-Level will cover many of the topics of GCSE in further detail, as well as additional topics such as Databases, Java, an Object Oriented programming language, Functional Programming, Finite State Automata and Big Data
Qualifications and pathways: The school offers Computer Science at both GCSE and as an A-Level. Students wishing to undertake these courses must meet entry requirements, based on their performance in subjects including Computer Science and ICT, Maths and Science
Enrichment: The department offers Lunchtime and After School sessions for Homework Catchup, support and for computer use. The department also offers an after school club where students can further explore the subject, with potential collaboration with other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.