• Computing

Computing

Subject Leader:

Mrs E Hughes

About the subject:

We have 2 specialist Computing teachers and 2 dedicated classrooms both with 30 student computers and interactive whiteboards.

Throughout their time at Lathom High School, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer networks
  • Fundamentals of cyber security
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy
  • Aspects of software development

KS3 overview

During year 7 and 8 students study Computing. This encompasses Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Students are given the opportunity to participate in a fun and creative programme of study.

Topics covered at KS3 include

  • Hardware and software
  • Data Representation
  • Control Technology
  • Python Programming

KS4 overview

At Keystage 4 students are given the opportunity to study GCSE Computer Science or Cambridge National iMedia award.

Computer Science

At Key Stage 4 students study Computer Science as a GCSE and this is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. Students follow the AQA syllabus. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and for development.

OCR iMedia

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 assignment based and are worth 75% of the overall marks. Some of the units that they could study are digital graphics, character design, video production and website design. A pre production written exam paper makes up the final 25%. An ideal subject for those students who enjoy creativity.

Assessment

Assessment for Computer Science is by 2 written exam papers.
Paper 1 Computational Thinking and Problem Solving. This is a written exam and is 1 hour 30 mins in length.
Paper 2 Written Assessment. This is a written exam and is 1 hour 30 mins in length.

Each paper is worth 50% of the overall marks

What we’re PROUD of

We are PROUD of the subject area results and the resilience of the students in this area to achieve their full potential.

After school clubs are offered in STEM activities these include building and programming robots.

Exam board used for GCSE:

AQA GCSE Computer Science
OCR Cambridge Nationals in iMedia

Link to specification from the exam board:

 

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