Computer Science

The computing department as Rossington All Saints Academy strive to give all pupils the opportunity to learn and develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in computing and digital literacy, thereby, providing pupils with the necessary expertise to progress up to and beyond their potential.   This provides pupils with a broad platform to launch into their future careers be it in a computational field, an area of digital creativity or simply to support them in their day to lives at home and at work thereby preparing RASA pupils for life in modern day Britain.  

Good quality digital literacy skills enable students to engage positively within the modern work place, while Computer Science enables students to take an active part in the design, development and creation of new technologies to be used in the world in which they live.

We provide a broad and balanced range of skills and experiences at KS3 that both reflect the National Curriculum and prepares students for their options, which are then further developed as students enter KS4.

At KS4 all students are given the opportunity to study Creative iMedia giving them a wide range of digital skills that are used in the modern world including Graphics Design, Media Production and Web Development. This vocational qualification has its roots in both Media and digital literacy and gives pupils a hands on approach to study and employs a large range of creative software to construct solutions for life like scenarios. 

As well as the option to study iMedia pupils can also choose to study Computer Science at GCSE where they will go on to develop key problem solving skills useful in a range of disciplines that including coding and software development.  This will provide pupils with an opportunity to work or for further study in the developing areas seen to be key in the modern world.

The department draws on and extends understanding from a range of other subjects outside of computing including Design and Technology, Art and Design, Maths, Science and PHSE and embed clear and high quality literacy and numeracy skills through project development, problem solving and evaluation skills.

Rossington All Saints Academy values in Computing

Community: Encouraging pupils to take pride in their work/outcomes.  Pupils to critique in a responsible way and to respect the opinions of others whilst feeding back.  Being an ambassador for online safety within the wider community.

Aspirations:  Foster a desire to maximize potential striving for excellence in all aspects of work and across all key stages.  

Resilience: Develop a resistance to giving up and making do nurturing a desire to achieve optimum goals.

Excellence: Pupils encouraged to be empathetic listeners and confident orators of the subject with a view to achieving outstanding outcomes.  

Who’s Who within the Department

Mr Birkinshaw (Subject Leader)

Miss Dix

Curriculum Coverage at KS4

Computer Science

Qualification nameExam boardAssessment detailsLink to specification
Computer Science (9-1) - J276OCR

Computer Systems 1hr 30mins 50%

Computational Thinking 1hr 30mins 50%

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j276-from-2016/specification-at-a-glance/

Cambridge Nationals/ Creative iMedia

Level 1/2 Award/Certificate - J807, J817

OCR1 Paper - 25% exam, 75% courseworkhttps://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/qualification-at-a-glance/


Possible pathways

Our Computer Science course follows the National Curriculum for the subject of Computing. After completing the course pupils will have the skills required to further study Computer Science at A level or work in a Computing orientated apprenticeship.  The course leads into many areas of Computing, problem solving, games development and programming.

iMedia follows on from KS3 and is ideal for those who are looking to progress to a level 3 qualification.  It is also well suited to those who intend to make ICT as one of their career options or if they are considering working in the digital creative industry.

Useful links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.w3schools.com/

https://codeclub.org/en

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