Computer Studies

“To provide an engaging, challenging curriculum that equips all students to be digital learners, by enabling all learners to be resilient, well-rounded who strive to be successful through learning.” Aldersley’s Computing Department

We have state of the art facilities and our staff are well equipped and committed to improvement, enabling us to provide students with high level, logical and technical ability. We are keen to develop high achievers hence our commitment to staff development and innovation.
As technology and qualifications develop we work hard to ensure our curriculum remains current and relevant to our students, whatever their ability or aspirations may be.
Extra-curricular opportunities enable students to complete work or perfect their skills. Our staff will challenge any stereotypes or unacceptable behaviour. Students have a clear understanding of our ethos and reciprocate this action. Students are recognised for positive behaviour and hard work. This enables us to provide a warm, friendly, safe and energetic learning environment.

Key stage 3 – Covers Years 7-9

We offer a dynamic curriculum that aims to introduce students to the world of computing – a combination of developing MS Office competences as well as creative designs. Students develop logical and creative competences in:

  • Programming
  • MS Office Skills
  • Game Design
  • Systems & Control
  • Interactive systems
  • E-Safety
  • And many more

Key stage 4 – Covers Years 10-11

In Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to pursue a variety of pathways. Students are rewarded with a GCSE in Computer Science and/or an equivalent vocational qualification.

  • OCR iMedia GCSE
  • OCR GCSE Computer Science

Key stage 5 – Covers Years 12-13

In Key Stage 5 students study the Cambridge Technical Level 3 in IT, following the Application Developer pathway. 

Overview of the Computer Studies Department

  • The Computer Studies department is comprised of dedicated ambitious staff who all want the best for our pupils.
  • We use a range of teaching techniques alongside technology to engage students and promote progress.
  • We seek to make pupils responsible citizens with regards to their usage of ICT/Computer Science and other related technologies by providing a broad curriculum combining ICT skills and Computer Science.
  • Our goal is to enable pupils to acquire the Computing knowledge and understanding so that it can be transferred to support them in other areas of the curriculum. We believe that computing has a vital role in enhancing the learning process at all levels and across a broad range of activities.
  • We have very high expectations of all students and encourage them to achieve their full potential. We aim to further students’ understanding and skills across all key stage as we believe it is a vital part of being a member of a technologically advancing society in the 21st century.
  • The Computing department is very successful and pupils enjoy their lessons within a positive and safe learning environment. Pupils are actively encouraged to be aware of security issues concerning computer use and to apply safe practice in their use of the Internet.
  • At KS3 the ICT and Computing department aims to embed skills and knowledge in a wide range of ICT and computing capabilities including Digital Literacy. We quickly move on to looking at Programming and Computing to ensure that knowledge, skills and understanding are embedded from an early age.
  • KS4 offers a choice of creative computing or more technical Computer Science, both taught by full time subject experts. 

How Parents can Support

Parents are encouraged to work and support their children at home with their KS3 Computing curriculum. They should engage in discussions with their children on the projects that they are working on as well as any homework they are asked to complete. Parents can use all electronic resources provided for the students as well as a plethora of online websites and tools.

 

Useful Websites:

  • BBC Bitesize – KS3 Computer Science
  • Teach-ICT.com – KS3 Computing
  • Codecademy – Learn to code interactively, for free
  • Code Avengers – Learn to build websites, apps and games in a fun and effective way
  • CodeCombat – Learn how to code by playing a game
  • Khan Academy – Math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and even more free online classes