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.

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 topics on:

  • Year 7 - E-safety, Understanding Computers, Games Design, Scratch, Web design
  • Year 8 - Understanding Computers 2, Networks, Data Handling, Ethical, Legal and cultural issues, Multimedia

Computer Science & ICT at Key Stage 4

GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

  • OCR Computer Science (J276)
    • Paper 1 - Computer systems (01) – 50%
    • Paper 2 - Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02) – 50%
    • Programming Project – non examined component

This qualification is aimed at creative learners with a passion for digital applications. Tailor-made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries, it covers creative multimedia, artwork and imaging, game making and developing web products.

  • Edexcel Level 2 Digital Applications (CiDA)
    • Unit 3 - Artwork & imaging – 75%
    • Unit 1 - Developing web products – 25%

Additional and recommended learning tools or reading

  • All students in Computer Science are provided with a revision book free of charge
  • BBC Bitesize for Computer Science & ICT

Department Members

  • Mr E Clarke (Head of department & Associate Assistant Head)
  • Mrs P Syal (Head of Year 11)