Head of Department : Jonathan Raisin
Staff Contact Details : Nathan McCoach
The department is staffed by a fully qualified Computer Science teacher, Mr J Raisin and by Mr N McCoach.
The department has three fully networked rooms and further access to a suite of networked computers in the school's library.
The Computer Science curriculum is designed to meet the UK National Curriculum aims. The aim of the curriculum is to develop confident digital citizens who are ready to meet the challenges of the digital world.
Students should feel safe when using technology and the web by learning what their rights and responsibilities are, as well as how legislation can protect them while online but also respecting others whilst in the online realm.
Our students need to understand how to utilise the power of the cloud and cloud based services which can be a powerful collaborative tool - for this we use Google Classrooms.
Key Stage 5
OCR AS/A Level Computer Science H446
This course has been updated to reflect new and emerging technologies. This course is for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where a deeper knowledge and understanding of computing would be beneficial.
The focus has shifted towards computational thinking within the field of Computer Science, with its emphasis on abstract thinking and algorithmic problem-solving, it is a good foundation for understanding the technological challenges currently facing the industry.
Computer Science is also a practical subject where students can apply the computational thinking principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems.
1.1 The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices:
The internal components of a computer and their uses
1.2 Software and software development:
Types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software
1.3 Exchanging data:
How data is exchanged between different computer systems
1.4 Data types, data structures and algorithms:
How data is represented and stored within different structures. Different algorithms that can be applied to these structures
1.5 Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues:
The individual moral, social, ethical and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology. Legislation surrounding the use of computers and ethical issues that can or may in the future arise from the use of computers
2.1 Elements of computational thinking:
Understanding what is meant by computational thinking
2.2 Problem solving and programming:
How computers can be used to solve problems and programs can be written to solve them
2.3 Algorithms: The use of algorithms to describe problems and standard algorithms
Extension of the topics studied in Year 12, with the addition of the following topics related to the final year project
3.1 Analysis of the problem
3.2 Design of the solution
3.3 Developing the solution
E-records of student progress are updated regularly, and often at the end of each lesson. At present the department is developing systems which will allow for online access to these records by both the student and the parent, to engender further motivation and progress.
Robotics Club - for committed Computer Science students.
Programmer or Software Developer - typically will be responsible for design, testing, build and maintenance of software systems.
Network Engineer - typically is responsible for installing, supporting and maintaining hardware & software for a company. Ensuring communication networks are kept up running 24/7.
Web Developer - typically responsible design, layout and coding of the website.
What could you do - see https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/computer-science
Algorithms and Programming http://ocr.org.uk/Images/170853-unit-h446-2-algorithms-and-programming-sample-assessment-materials.pdf
Textbooks and revision resources
Title: OCR AS and A Level Computer Science Textbook
ISBN: 978 1 91052 305 6
- Computerphile Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-y-6csu5WGm29I7JiwpnA
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- Craig and Dave Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/craigndave