Computing

Departmental Objective:

The New Computing Curriculum develops both skills and knowledge.

What is Computer Science and what happened to ICT?

As you may already know the government is no longer accrediting or approving ICT at GCSE Level. All exam boards have been instructed to offer Computer Science only.

But what is the difference?

Let’s imagine ICT is like driving a car and Computer Science is building a car. Many people drive cars without paying any interest into how they work as such and others like to build and modify cars as a hobby or job.

Now that technology is introduced to us at such an early age, we are expected to operate technology in the same way as we would know how to drive a car if we had practice from a young age.

With Computer Science not only do you learn about the technology behind the systems we use each day, but you learn how to think in a computational way which is a transferable skill into other subjects such as Mathematics, Science and ironically Engineering.

Although you may not particularly enjoy or wish to study Computer Science, the skills and techniques you learn throughout the qualification are valuable and you wouldn't gain these skills much on an ICT course.

Computer Science is more of a hands on subject than the old ICT course and reduces repetitiveness of the skills you may learn earlier on in other subjects within school.

Within industry there are lots of jobs for Computer Scientists. The top five jobs are:

  1. Mobile Application Developer
  2. Database Administrator
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Video Games Designer
  5. Network Administrator.

Facilities

  • 30 Computers
  • 30 Raspberry Pi's
  • Lego Mindstorm
  • Initio Robots
  • Smart Board
  • Headphones
  • Colour and mono printers
  • On-line storage

Websites

https://classroom.google.com/

www.quizlet.com

www.codeacademy.com

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8H6-anK0t4&list=PLCiOXwirraUAvkTPDWeeSqAKty3LAG37-