Computer science & ICT
At Wyedean we believe that digital skills education is for all students and not just those who have the potential to become programmers, analysts or technicians. This is a particularly relevant subject for the 21st century as it equips students for life and employment in a changing world. It is essential that digital education provides students with the skills and knowledge that will help them become successful 21st century citizens.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, students develop their existing software skills and start to experience a range of professional graphic design software and programming software. Students will develop their experience of Microsoft applications as well as using a range of applications in the Adobe suite including Photoshop, Flash and Dreamweaver. Scratch, Lego Mindstorm robots and Python are used to develop programming concepts.
Key Stage 4
Students have two options at KS4. Current students are either studying towards a GCSE in ICT or a GCSE in Computer Science. These qualifications allow students to develop digital skills that will be relevant to both further academic study and employment. Controlled assessment is 60% of the GCSE and therefore students will learn to develop excellent time management and self assessment skills.
Starting from September 2017 students will have the option to study GCSE Computer Science with the Eduqas examboard or a BTEC in IT with the Edexcel examboard.
Key Stage 5
Students have two options at KS5. Current year 13 students are studying towards an A Level in Applied ICT whilst year 12 students have had the option to select either a BTEC Level 3 in IT or an A level in Computer Science.
For A level Computer Science, students will complete two theory elements and one coursework element with the Eduqas examboard.
For BTEC IT students will complete one theory element, one internal exam and one coursework element. This is with the Edexcel examboard.
A level 2 course is also available for students that wish to further their study beyond year 11 but are not yet ready to tackle the academic demands of level 3 courses. This a level 2 BTEC IT course with the Edexcel examboard.
Students take part in a range of community projects which range from working with an elderly group of silver surfers to working with primary school students to develop their ICT skills. Students have supervised access to the ICT rooms to work on their projects outside of lesson time.