Computing and Media

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GADGETS, gizmos, a 24-hour global media world, the unrelenting rise of the digital age…
From the Internet and multi-media to the creativity of photography, video and even computer games.
Computing and Media is all about the here and now, the real and virtual! It shows us the tools we use to shape our modern world and gives us the skills to use them effectively. It’s a trip along the super-information highway that prepares students for 21st century life through the use of new technologies.

Department Staff and Responsibilities

Mr D Smedley – Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator

Miss Z Waite – Computer Science Teacher

Key Stage 3 – At Key Stage Three all students participate in fun and creative programmes of study. Students are introduced to a wide variety of software which will enhance their skills and engage them in the subject area. Pupils complete set units of work, all of which they will be assessed upon based on the national curriculum levelling framework.

Year 7 – topics:

Introduction to ICT systems, Advanced Presentation, Searching the Internet, Virtual

Learning Network, E-Safety with audio production, Desk top publishing, spread sheets, and the basic of programming.

Year 8 – Topics:

Development of knowledge of ICT systems, Animation, Databases, history of computers, E Safety, control technology and some Python programming
Key Stage 4

ICT

At Key Stage 4 students complete the GCSE qualification. Students are given the opportunity to work on project briefs targeted at developing their ICT skills.

The qualification is a mixture of coursework which is internally assessed and externally moderated, and a final exam at the end of year 11.

Media

At Key Stage 4 students are offered the opportunity to study for the Cambridge national iMedia award. This is offered through the OCR exam board. Learners complete the course which is equivalent to a GCSE. The course is broken into 4 parts. 3 of those parts are worth 75%. Some of the units that they could study are; digital graphics, character design, video production, Animation, photography and many more. A pre production exam worth 25% makes up the final part of the qualification. An ideal subject for those pupils who enjoy writing and creativity.

Computer science

At Key Stage 4 students are offered the opportunity to study the computer science GCSE. This is offered through the OCR exam board. The computer science qualification is made up of textual programming in python, java or SQL. Pupils will get to understand in further detail programming, networking, computer systems and a variety of programming language.

Extra Curricular Activities (Days and Times)

Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information – Creative iMedia

Click here to download our Key Stage 4 Curriculum information – Computer Science