Computing

Mr T Barker
Head of Department
Mr W Bathgate
Computer Science Lead
Mr O Hamshar
Teacher of Computing/Assistant Headteacher

The department is made up of three teachers who cover all of the key stages. Mr Barker and Mr Bathgate teach Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Mr Hamshar teaches Key Stage 3 and 4. Classes are supported by our dedicated HLTA, Mrs Rose. The department makes use of three IT suites at our main Guildford Road site and two further suites for college teaching at Highfield Road.

Why choose Computing:

Computing and Information technology are arguably the fastest developing areas of the curriculum, which makes studying this field especially exciting. At Salesian we follow a twin-track approach, offering students the opportunity to learn about either the application of computer hardware and software (ICT) or the development of new technological solutions (Computer Science). Our goal is to help students develop a full range of computer skills that will enhance and broaden their lives, develop their problem-solving skills and ensure they are both safe and fit for the rapidly evolving workplace.

Key Stage 3 Information:

Students in Years 7 and 8 study IT and Computing in a half term carousel. Students in Year 9 attend two lessons per fortnight throughout the year. The curriculum is designed to enable students to transfer into either ICT or Computer Science courses at Key Stage 4.

Year 7
Students begin their studies by learning about the safe use of the Internet and email, plus rules for appropriate use of computers at school and home. They learn how to use mainstream software packages like word processing and image editing, and investigate different ways in which they can handle and use data. They will also be introduced to both a text-based and graphical based programming language.

Year 8
Students learn spreadsheet modelling through a ‘theatre tickets’ project and develop their own basic website using HTML coding and Wix web design software. They study the basics of computers and learn how to write their own computer code using the Python programming language. The year will end by understanding the use of Cryptography.

Year 9
Students develop their creative use of ICT through a range of stimulating projects including animation creation, game development, and sound editing. They will also study the theory of computing as well as furthering their coding skills. Students will finish the year by completing an end of year project.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: Lunchtime Computer Club

Key Stage 4 

Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

The ICT ‘Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia’ qualification is equivalent to one GCSE. The four units of work that are covered will equip students with a solid foundation for understanding and applying this subject in their future working lives.

Students develop their technical skills with a range of applications such as pre-production skills, web design, animation as well as using graphics. This learning is put into practice through a series of creative projects, such as:

  • Developing a web-based multimedia interactive product for a specific task
  • Developing a graphics solution for a publicity product
  • Designing a dynamic product using animation as a promotional launch

We follow the OCR syllabus. Learning is very practical and hands-on, and assessment is mainly coursework-based (with just one examination) making it well suited to students who prefer ongoing assessment to examinations. The ‘Cambridge National’ qualification is similar to a Level 2 BTEC and equivalent to one GCSE at Pass (C), Merit (B) or Distinction (A) Level.

Computer Science

In Computer Science students follow the OCR GCSE 9-1 syllabus which includes two exams and one non-examined assessment.

Component 1 – this covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

Component 2 – students will be introduced to algorithms and programming, learning about programming techniques, how to produce robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of computing languages and data representation.

Non-Examined Assessment

Students will understand standard programming techniques and spend twenty hours designing and creating a coded solution to a problem and test the final product.

For more information, see the current GCSE Options Booklet.

Progression Opportunities

At Key Stage 5 in our College, we have the following offering:

Cambridge Technicals
We currently offer the Cambridge Technicals in IT, which involves the fundamentals of IT, global information, virtual and augmented reality, mobile technology and the internet of everything

A Level Computer Science
We also offer A-level Computer Science which involves examinations in computer systems, algorithms and programming plus a programming project.

T Levels
T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and offers an attractive alternative to A Levels and apprenticeships. T Levels will combine classroom theory, practical learning and a 315 hour industry placement with an employer to make sure students have a real experience of the workplace.

You can find out more on our College pages.