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      ICT and Computing

      About the Department

      The ICT Department consists of two full-time and one part-time specialist teachers. Each member of the department is an experienced teacher with a proven track-record of outstanding academic results. The department is split between Computing teaching and ICT teaching, with an increasing emphasis on logic and programming-based activities.

      The overall aims of the ICT Department are:

      • To ensure that pupils fulfil their potential in Computing & ICT.
      • To enthuse our pupils about Computing & ICT and to promote enjoyment of the subject.
      • To enable pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop self-confidence in their approach to work.
      • To help our pupils to appreciate the social, technological and economic implications of Computing & ICT.
      • To enable our pupils to develop good and safe practical skills.
      • To enable our pupils to develop investigative skills.
      • To provide courses that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum as far as possible within the teaching time.
      • To provide a variety of teaching and learning experiences.

      Examination Results

      GCSE  (these were our first ever set of results)
      A*/A = 63%               A*-B = 92%               A*-C = 100%

      A Level        
      A = 20%                   A*-B = 40%               A*-C = 80%              

      Subject Content & Syllabus

      At Key Stage 3, we have moved from an ICT-based curriculum to a more computing- based curriculum.

      In Year 7 we are covering a wide range of applications and programming related software. We will do Scratch (beginner to advanced), Prezi, HTML programming, Logo programming and desktop publishing.

      In Year 8 we will cover: GameMaker, Python programming (intro), spreadsheets, HTML programming (intermediate), video creation and editing. We will finish with BBC Microbit programming.

      In Year 9 we will teach App Inventor, databases, Python programming (intermediate level), Java programming and then a technology project.

      Key Stage 4: King’s introduced GCSE Computer Science in 2014. We follow the AQA exam board. In line with other optional GCSEs the students are taught 6 periods per fortnight. The GCSE is very practical and rewards innovative programmers. We are very excited as a department to be offering this qualification and of developing the programmers of the future.

      Sixth Form: At present we continue to offer both ICT and Computer Science A Level qualifications. The class sizes in Years 12 and 13 are typically between 4 and 9. In September 2015 Computer Science became linear. ICT A Level will continue to be modular. It is expected that we will just offer the Computer Science A Level from September 2017. Project/practical work remains a vital aspect of the two A Level syllabuses and they have a high overall weighting. The Computer Science A Level is about 50% practical and the ICT A Level is 55% practically accessed. The subjects are kept very up-to-date, and problem-solving and independent study remain key elements of both.

      Enrichment Opportunities

      • British Informatics Olympiad (Cambridge University)
      • National Cipher Challenge (University of Southampton)
      • Alan Turing Cryptography Competition (Manchester University)
      • App Programming
      • Raspberry Pi Programming
      • National Coding Competitions

      Careers

      Many of our A Level students go onto higher education courses to study degrees in computing or ICT related areas. More than half of the Computing students have received First Class Honours Degrees and go on to study for their Masters Degree. A number of student have programs or software products that are commercially available.

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