Computer Science and ICT
The Computer Science and ICT Department has 6 fully equipped dedicated specialist rooms, each having a full class set of PCs, with data projectors and whiteboard as well as printing facilities. 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.
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 that provides a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.
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.
During key stage 3 & 4 students will cover a range of topics in both computer science and information communication technology.
Computer Science & ICT Options at Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to study the following options within the department:
· BTEC First Information & creative technology Level 2 (Edexcel/ Pearson)
· GCSE Computing (OCR)
· European Computer Driving License (ECDL)
Computer Science & ICT Options at Key Stage 5
· BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (QCF)
· Head of Department: Mr E Clarke
· Teacher: Mrs P Syal