Computing

Staff:

  • Mr B Lazenby - Subject Leader
  • Ms L Rollinson
  • Ms C Bowden
  • Ms L Haigh
  • Mr C Comins

Here at Kelvin Hall students follow the national curriculum for Computing during all years. The three strands are covered: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy

KS3 units studied will include:

  • Using Computers (including online safety)
  • Scratch
  • Computer Crime
  • Python Programming
  • Mobile Phone Apps
  • Microbit
  • Raspberry Pi

KS4 units studied will include:

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Online Safety
  • Mobile Phone Apps

Key Stage 4 pupils can choose to take Computer Science, Interactive Media or Business Studies as an option.

Computer Science

WHAT is this subject about?

Computer Science gives students an in-depth understanding of how computers work. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including:

 

  • Systems architecture
  • System security
  • Algorithms
  • Computer programming (often called coding)
  • Databases
  • Software
  • Hardware
  • Networks
  • Data representation systems (i.e. binary, hexadecimal, ASCII)

Programming is a fundamental part of Computer Science and must be mastered for success. You will learn to use the popular programming language called Python. If you are considering choosing this subject please try the Python course here:
http://www.codecademy.com/en/tracks/python

WHY should I choose this subject?
Computers are now a part of everyday life but many people do not understand how they work. You can become one of the few who do understand computers and how to program them. Computer Science may even give you the skills and knowledge to create the next Facebook!

There are many exciting jobs in Computer Science including Games programmer and Cyber Security Specialist (protects countries and organisations against hacking). The average UK wage for jobs in Computer Science is £47,000.

You will also develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and everyday life.


WHEN and HOW am I assessed?
There are two  written exams (1 hour and 30 minutes each) and a 20 hour programming project. The project and exams will take place in year 11.

WHICH subjects should I have an aptitude in?
Computing, maths and science.

WHERE could this subject take me in the future?
Students who want to go on to A-level or employment in the field of computer science will find the course very valuable.

WHO do I need to speak to for more information?
Mr B Lazenby.