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Mangotsfield Secondary

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Computer Science

Why do we study Computer Science?

  • Studying Computer Science empowers you to solve complex, challenging problems, enabling you to make a positive difference in the world.
  • Computing skills are essential in a wide range of professions, from astronomy to financial analysis – not just in IT related jobs!
  • There are many opportunities for travel and/or remote working for people with high-level computing skills.
  • Studying Computer Science can significantly improve performance in other academic subjects.
  • Computers are everywhere so understanding them puts you in charge of your world.

Meet the team

  • Miss Markwell - Head of Vocational Studies
  • Mrs Grindley - Teacher of Computer Science

 KS3 Programme of Study

Year 7

Term 1 and 2: Unit 1 - Understanding Computers

Term 3 and 4: Unit 2 - Programming - Scratch

Term 5 and 6: Unit 3 - Website Creation (WIX)

Year 8

Term 1 and 2: Unit 1 - Networks

Term 3 and 4: Unit 2 - Programming - Python (1)

Term 5 and 6: Unit 3 - Unit 3 - Digital Graphics

Year 9

Term 1 and 2: Unit 1 - Databases

Term 3 and 4: Unit 2 - Programming - Python next steps (2)

Term 5 and 6: Unit 3 - Unit 3 - App Development

Course: AQA GCSE Computer Science

Students complete two papers during the course, these include:

Paper 1: Computational Thinking and Programming Skills - 50% GCSE.

Paper 2: Computing Concepts - 50% GCSE.

 GCSE Programme of Study

Year 10

Term 1, 2 and 3: Fundamentals of Algorithms and Programming

Term 4, 5 and 6: Fundamentals of Data Representation and Computer Systems

Year 11

Term 1, 2 and 3: Fundamentals of Computer Networks, Cyber Security and Relational Databases and Structured Query Language (SQL)

Term 4 and 5: Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy

Resources

KS3:

BBC Bitesize

Oak Academy

 

KS4:

BBC Bitesize

Seneca

CGP AQA Computer Science Revision Guide

Homework

In KS3 low stakes quizzes are set once a fortnight for students to complete. In KS4 students are given extended homeworks such as exam questions, reading from the revision guide and mind map/revision card creation.