Computing & ICT
The Computer Science and ICT department at Bay House School aims to equip learners with the skills needed to be successful when using technology and survive in the dynamic digital environment.
Pupils and students will learn how to apply computational thinking skills to a range of problems in Computing Science and ICT. Pupils and students will be able to plan and create programs as well as effectively use software to complete tasks similar to those they will come across in the world of work.
Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 syllabus provides a varied and interesting curriculum covering many aspects of Computer Science and Information Communication Technology.
- History of Computers – an introduction to where it all began, looking at how microprocessors developed through the years.
- Problem Solving with Robotics – using Lego Mindstorms, our pupils gain an insight into writing code to solve a problem and working in teams.
- Spreadsheets – looking at how spreadsheets are used in the real world and gaining the skills to build a spreadsheet and manipulate existing data.
- Databases – pupils learn how data is stored in databases and how to interrogate, sort and filter that data.
- Image Representation & Storage – understanding the different elements of coloured images and how a computer stores those images.
- Introduction to programming – pupils learn to use FMS Logo which is an interactive programming language that is simple and powerful.
- Computing concepts – learning different aspects of Computer Science including compression, logic and encryption.
- Critical Consumers – how personal data can be harvested and stored and how to protect yourself from malicious use.
- The New Digital World – pupils begin with an introduction to E-Safety and the safe use social media. Pupils will also learn how computer systems communicate via the internet and various network topologies.
- Computer Systems – looking at computer hardware and how data is stored in binary. Pupils learn about ASCII and are able to convert binary to decimal and vice versa
- Programming – introduction to textual programming. Pupils design and develop simple programs using programming constructs
- Integrating Applications – more advanced use of data manipulation and storage looking at how data should be stored safely adhering to current legislation
The Year 9 curriculum provides an excellent introduction into Computer Science and ICT at GCSE and supports pupils in their options choices.
Key Stage 4
Edexcel GCSE Computer Science
This course helps pupils develop an understanding of computer science methods in the real world – pupils will decompose and model aspects of real-world situations, and as a result be able to design, build and test a fully-programmed solution to a problem. Pupils develop knowledge and understanding of how technology can be used to help proactively with current issues that impact on modern society, preparing them for their next steps in today’s global world.
OCR Cambridge National Information Technologies
This course improves pupils knowledge of the digital environment and their confidence with IT. They learn about data management issues and develop practical skills by planning and creating an integrated technological solution to communicate information. Knowing how and why data is gathered and being able to turn raw data into something meaningful is essential as pupils move through education and into employment. To be able to do this they will need to have the confidence to use a range of information technology that is currently available, as well as being adaptable and resilient enough to deal with the rapid advances
Key Stage 5
A-Level Computer Science
A level Computer Science encourages students to develop:
- an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
- the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
- the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
- the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of Computer Science
- mathematical skills
- the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.
BTEC Nationals Information Technology
This qualification is designed for students who are interested in a basic introduction to the study of IT alongside other fields of study.
- Creating Systems to Manage Information – Students complete a task to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system that manages information.
- Using Social Media in Business – Students explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Students also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
After completing the certificate in Lower Sixth students can continue to study for the Extended Certificate
- Information Technology Systems Students study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
- Data Modelling Students study how data modelling can be used to solve problems. They will design and implement a data model to meet client requirements.