Computer Science

Curriculum Subjects

Computer Science

See our Computer Science Curriculum below at Bentley Wood for KS3, KS4 and KS5

 

KS3 | Computer Science

Course Aims:

The Computer Science course at Bentley Wood aims to develop computational thinking and help students apply that thinking to solve problems practically using programming and other skills. Through a range of exciting, relevant, and challenging topics we ensure that every student can really push themselves and find out more about how computers work.

We have a large focus on programming in Key Stage 3 and our students use Kodu, Micro:Bits and Python to create a range of different projects. We also promote creativity amongst our students and have a range of topics that allow them to develop their digital literacy and problem-solving skills for their future careers.

Course Content:

Year 7

  • Topic 1: Introduction to the school network
  • Topic 2: E-safety and digital literacy
  • Topic 3: Kodu
  • Topic 4: Computer Systems
  • Topic 5: Code.org
  • Topic 6: Python Turtle

Year 8

  • Topic 1: Web design (HTML)
  • Topic 2: Cyber crime
  • Topic 3: Micro:bit
  • Topic 4: Python programming
  • Topic 5: Computing theory
  • Topic 6: App Shed

Where possible, external speakers will visit the school to talk to enrich and enhance the curriculum which in the past have included speakers from Google and media companies. We also actively partake in the annual BIMA Digital Day where students work on a range of computer-based challenges, equipping our students with core life skills including teamwork and problem solving.

Enrichment:

  • Code club: Learning how to code through a variety of languages and online challenges
  • Cyber First Girls competition: A competition where students in year 8 compete with other schools by solving cyber-crime problems
  • Bebras Computing Challenge: introduces computational thinking to students.

Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:

Key Stage 3 computing develops the core skills essential to progress onto GCSE Computer Science which in turn this lays the foundation for A-Level Computer Science. There are countless career opportunities in Computer Science including engineering, robotics, medicine, physics, maths and many that do not even exist yet!

Recommended Reading:

KS4 | Computer Science

Examining Board: OCR (J277)

Aim of Course                     

This course helps to develop students understanding of current and emerging technologies, understanding of how they work and apply this knowledge in a range of contexts. Students acquire some technical skills and an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming. They use their knowledge of technology to become independent users of IT and be able to make informed decisions about the use of different technologies. Students have the chance to develop computer programs to solve problems and develop the skills to work collaboratively. They also be able to evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs/solutions and the impact of, and issues related to, the use of computer technology in society.

Content

The computer systems and algorithms unit teaches students the theory about a wide range of issues such as hardware and software, the representation of data in computer systems, databases, computer communications and networking, programming and more.

All students are given the opportunity to undertake a programming task or tasks during their course of study that will allow them to develop their skills in designing, writing, testing and refining computer programs.

Method of Assessment

  • Written Paper Examination:
  • Paper 1           50%     Computer Systems
  • Paper 2           50%     Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Recommended Reading

  • Learning to Program in Python by P M Heathcote

Enrichment

  • Code Club
  • Cyber Discovery
  • Bletchley Park trip
  • Visit to Apple head office in London
  • Digital leaders

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

There are many careers in which Computer Science will be valuable including:
Games Development Computer Programmer
App Development Network Engineer
Web Development Robotics
Software Development Computer Scientist

Revision Guides

KS5 | Computer Science

Is Computing the subject for you?

The course is not just about learning to use tools or training in a programming language. At its core will be an emphasis on computational thinking. Computational thinking is a kind of reasoning used by both humans and machines. The course is not about learning to use tools or just training in a programming language.

Course content

The course covers a range of topics including software and its development, types of programming languages, programming and problem solving and pattern recognition, abstraction and decomposition.

Methods of study

Students will learn about computing concepts theoretically and practically. Lessons will vary from week to week and practical work will be completed frequently including a programming project. Students also have the opportunity to research and present findings back to the class as well as delivering topics themselves to other students.

How will it be examined?

AS qualification will not count towards the final grade of an A Level and be a separate qualification in its own right (Linear).

Career opportunities

This specification has been designed for students who wish to go on to higher education courses or employment where knowledge of computing would be beneficial. One can study computing and go on to a career in medicine, law, business, engineering or any type of Science. This course, with its emphasis on abstract thinking, general problem solving, algorithmic and mathematical reasoning, scientific and engineering-based thinking, is a good foundation for further study.