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Key Stage 3

Intent: Foster learners for the 21st century and beyond by developing digital skills for life, an understanding of computational concepts with a focus on problem-solving and developing resilient learners who can operate effectively in a rapidly advancing technological world.

KS3 Topics: Throughout KS3 students are taught the following recurring themes: Digital literacy, computational thinking and problem solving, programming in blocks and python, understanding computers and cybersecurity,

How many lessons per fortnight? 2

ILT information: Complete badges towards The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) and programming challenges using online platforms

Assessment: Online assessments on completion of a topic (approximately every half term)

Out of classroom opportunities: Students are entered into Bebras Computing Challenge-inter national computational thinking competition, Lego League club games design club, Cyberspies club and entry into the Cyber First competition, girls computing club and Y9 students with an interest in pursuing GCSE Computer Science  attend an introduction to hacking at Cyber Security Associates in Gloucester

Key Stage 4

At KS4 students have the option to take GCSE Computer Science or a BTEC Award in Digital Information Technology

GCSE Computer Science:

The course provides a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a technical insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming.

Component 1 - Fundamentals of computer systems
This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.

Component 2 - Computational Thinking and Programming
This component investigates problem solving, algorithms and programming constructs, programming languages (Python and SQL), data structures and data types and security and authentication.

Component 3 – Software Development
This component requires the student to create a programmed solution to a problem. They must analyse the problem, design a solution to the problem, develop a final programmed solution, test the solution and give suggestions for further development of the solution. 

Further information: OCR 9-1 GCSE

BTEC Award in Digital Information Technology

Further Information: BTEC DIT