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Computing

Computers are now all around us and knowledge of how they work and can be controlled is becoming increasingly important in all areas of society.

The Department of Computing at Paulet High School and Sixth Form College aims to prepare students for the 21st Century by giving them skills and qualifications which will help them in a wide variety of careers.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

All students in Years 7 8 and 9 study Computing for 1 hour per week. Students use a variety of software during their assignment based tasks including Spreadsheets, Computer Programming applications, Databases, Web publishing and Web browsers. The assessment of completed assignments is based on how well students have used their skills to find things out, develop ideas, make things happen and exchange and share information.

Students are encouraged to be independent learners by completing Extended Project Homework Tasks which are accessible through the school network. These tasks allow students to research and develop creative pieces of work that display their potential, for example through the creation of videos, brochures and multimedia presentations


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students can choose to work towards a Computer Science GCSE qualification or an ICT based Creative iMedia qualification, which is a GCSE equivalent.

Computer Science covers all aspects of Computing such as computer programming, computer ethics and computer systems. Creative iMedia covers topics such as web page design, creating digital images and computer animation.

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 students who choose the subject study for 5 hours per week towards a BTEC National Certificate in IT, which is the equivalent to a single A level. Two modules are covered in Year 12 and two in Year 13 for the full award. Topics include web design, social media, database management and Information Systems.

Teacher Responsible: Mr Eden

Updated 10/05/2016 JM