In Year 7 pupils will be introduced to the concepts of algorithms and programming using the Scratch platform. They will develop their understanding of essential computing terms such as searching, sorting, loops and eventually developing to build a functional game. They will also begin to develop their knowledge of graphics, spreadsheets and databases.
In Year 8 pupils will build on the skills from Year 7 and further develop their multimedia skills through a range of projects that focus on graphics, video and sound. Pupils will understand how to search for information while checking for reliability and validity as well as understanding the importance of e-safety.
In Year 9 pupils will develop their computing skills to incorporate and focus on understanding how computers work. This will involve pupils learning how to program using Python and how Boolean logic and binary underpins computational theory. In the latter part of Year 9, the students will complete an internationally-recognised qualification titled the “European Computer Driving License” (ECDL). The qualification is equivalent to a single GCSE, and will equip students with practical skills for working in ICT for the rest of their education, and also for later life.
Pupils use various software packages (MS Office, Adobe CS suite) to create ICT solutions to meet predefined user needs. The course is made up of 60% controlled assessment and 40% exam.
The course gives pupils a real, in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It will offer an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, develop their critical thinking, analysis and problem solving.
Location: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation,Pepys Road,London, SE14 5SF