Head of Department: Brian Larkin
The Computer Science department allows students to study Computer Science to GCSE level. The Computer Science GCSE provides excellent progression to 'A' level Computer Science, vocational courses and on to degree level courses in the areas of Computing, Engineering and Science. It will give you a solid grounding to study any industry standard IT. The course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding. We have a three year Key Stage 4 curriculum, details of which are included below:
The purpose of Year 9 is to explore the key concepts involved in programming and computational thinking. You will start by developing a good knowledge of the python programming language and the key concepts that underpin it. In parallel you will be exploring the fundamental mathematical and theoretical concepts that make computing and computers possible. Throughout the year you will practice applying both the theoretical and practical skills you have learnt to solving increasingly difficult computing problems.
During this year it will be possible for you to support your computer science classwork and broader academic progress by taking part in the Duke of York’s iDEA (inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) as an extra-curricular activity. As a result of taking part in this activity in addition to developing valuable skills you may on the successful completion of a number of tasks gain Bronze and Silver awards.
Year 10 is focused on strengthening and broadening the programming and computational thinking skills developed in year 9. You will be responsible for designing and developing your own algorithms and programs with the aim of producing robust, efficient and elegant solutions to real world programming problems.
During this year in addition to continuing with the Duke of York iDEA it will be possible for students who have developed their skills sufficiently to take part in Her Majesty’s Government’s Cyber Schools programme as an extra-curricular activity. This is a unique programme designed to introduce you to the field of cyber security and highlight the potential job roles available and the pathways to achieving the jobs within them.
Year 11 will see you utilise the programing skills and knowledge that you have acquired to complete a number of different programming problems. This will lead up to the completion of your Controlled Assessment task.
Your Controlled Assessment task will take approximately 20 hours to complete and during this time you will be required to:
- Analyse the requirements of a user
- Design a programming solution
- Create the program that you have designed
- Test the solution for any bugs and other errors
Following the completion of this task, the rest of the year will be spent on exam technique.