Within the De La Salle community the subject of Computing is taught both as a standalone subject to both KS3 and KS4 and as a cross curricular link with most of the other subjects within the school. Outside of lessons students are able to use the ICT facilities to undertake workshops for most subjects.
It is the aim of our department that students leave our community prepared for the working environment, with a wide range of ICT and Computing skills.
Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3, students within the department begin to explore various projects which develops skills in computational thinking, digital literacy and technical understanding.
In year 7, students cover the following modules:
- Introduction to computing
- Computational thinking and Algorithms
- Fundamentals of Programming
- DTP and Digital Literacy
- Cyberbullying awareness
In year 8, students over the following modules:
- Instruction set design
- Selection statements and boolean expressions
- Sorting algorithms
In year 9, students cover the following modules:
- Representing sound
- Radicalisation and Extremism (part of the Prevent Strategy)
- Sound Development
- Depending on set:
Programming With Python/Creative Media/The Business Side of IT
Key Stage 4
When students reach the end of Year 9, they make the decision as to which academic direction to take. The department offers an exciting KS4 Computing curriculum for students to choose from.
GCSE Computer Science: Students get an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they are used, and to develop computer programming and problem-solving skills. Pupils also do some fascinating in-depth research and practical work, for example, a project to develop a dice game written in the Python programming language. Students are assessed with two written exams, which are taken at the end of Year 11.
BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production: Students complete three components over 2 years and are awarded, a BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production, at one of the grades Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students complete the following two internally assessed components:
Component 1 – Exploring Media Products
Component 2 – Developing Digital Media Production Skills
The third component builds directly on Components 1 and 2, and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. Component 3 is an externally marked controlled assessment carried out in the second year of the course.
Component 3 – Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief