Computer Science & ICT
The Computer science and ICT department offers students a range of stimulating learning opportunities through a variety of courses at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all pupils must learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world.
Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content at all key stages.
Computer science & ICT at Key Stage 3
Skills learned at Key Stage 3 drive achievement at Key stage 4 and 5. Computer science and ICT at Thomas More focuses on how computers and computer systems work, how they are designed and how they are programmed. At key stage 3 we have a range of stimulating topics and projects that provides a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world. Our current KS3 curriculum includes data handling, graphics, programming, computational thinking, designing algorithms, presentation and games design.
What is it the difference between Computer Science & Information Communication Technology?
Computer Science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.
Information Communication Technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.
Computer Science & ICT Options at Key Stage 4
Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have the opportunity to study the following options within the department:
· CiDA - Certificate in Digital Applications (Edexcel/ Pearson)
· GCSE Computing 1-9 (OCR)
Computer Science & ICT Options at Key Stage 5
· BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate (NQF)
- Mr Clarke - Curriculum Leader
- Mrs Syal - Computer Science & ICT Teacher