In year 7 you will start to learn the fundamentals of computer programming. Using a program called Scratch you will explore the basic principles of programming in a fun and visual way by creating a range of animations and games. Scratch is a free program that you can access in your web browser. Click here to check it out.
In year 8 you will create more advanced projects in Scratch and begin to work with a programming language called Python. If you're interested in learning more about Python, try working through the beginner course at Codecademy.
You will develop your Python programming skills even further in year 9 and will begin to work with more advanced concepts such as functions, lists and dictionaries.
Graphics skills are an important part of computing and IT. Whether you are creating a magazine, website, animation or game, understanding how to create and edit images for different purposes is essential. In year 7 you will begin to work with Adobe InDesign, an industry-leading desktop publishing package. You will learn key skills that are used by magazine and newspaper producers all over the world to create engaging, professional publications.
In year 8 and 9 you will continue to work with InDesign and will also begin to develop your image-editing skills using Photoshop and Fireworks. You will learn how to create and manipulate digital images using a wide variety of techniques.
You use the Internet every day but do you understand how it works or how websites are created? In this year 8 unit you will take a behind-the-scenes look at the World Wide Web and learn to code your very own website using HTML and CSS.
In year 8 you will have the opportunity to develop skills in digital audio editing and electronic music production. Using FL Studio and a host of professional music plugins you will learn how to lay down beats and melodies with an emphasis on digital media. No bashing bongos or xylophones here! This unit is all about manipulating digital sounds to create contemporary music tracks in popular styles such as pop, dance, hip hop and dubstep.
In year 7 you'll begin to work with word processing and spreadsheet software. You'll learn how to set up an email account, carry out effective Internet searches and use Google Drive to create, store and share documents. These are fundamental skills that you will build upon as you progress through Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. They will benefit you in many other subject areas and will continue to be useful in both higher education and employment.
As a regular user of the Internet and mobile technology it is essential that you understand the security and privacy risks involved and know how to safeguard yourself against them. This year 7 unit covers key e-safety topics such as viruses, hacking, identity theft and cyberbullying.
These year 9 units are all about working with data. From iTunes and eBay to Xbox Live and Minecraft, databases are essential for storing and managing data. Understanding how they work will help to develop your logical thinking skills and prepare you for our Key Stage 4 courses. Essential knowledge for a career in IT, web design or games development. You will also work with Flowol to learn about inputs, outputs and processes that are at the heart of modern technology, games and industry.
In year 8 you are introduced to a program called Blender. Learn how to create 3D models using a sophisticated range of tools that are directly relevant to engineering, architecture, the games industry and more. In year 9 you have the opportunity to build interactivty into your designs, allowing you to make simple 3D games that can be controlled via the keyboard or an Xbox controller!
This is a cross-curricular year 9 unit that bridges the closesly related fields of IT and Media. You will learn how to create effective visual media using editing techniques such as cutting, trimming, effects, transitions and text overlays.
Aimed at students who are highly academic, good at mathematics and enjoy logical thinking and problem solving, this course focuses heavily on programming skills and technical computing theory. Skills in this sector are at the heart of almost all technical innovation today and are highly sought after. GCSE Computer Science is an appropriate choice for students who have shown an aptitude for programming, databases and logical thinking.
Through a combination of study and practical application you will learn about algorithms and programming; data representation; binary and hexadecimal arithmetic; the software and hardware of computer systems; the fundmentals of computer networking and cyber security; computing legislation and the environmental impacts of digital technology. Throughout the course you will develop your understanding of the Python programming language and your ability to design, code and test solutions to given problems.
Paper 1 (40 per cent) - a written exam focusing on computational thinking and problem solving
Paper 2 (40 per cent) - a written exam focusing on theoretical knowledge
Practical (20 per cent) - a coded solution to a problem with a detailed report covering design, testing and development.
The Creative iMedia course is a vocational subject designed to equip you with essential skills to be creative with online materials. It is ideal for anyone interested in digital images, from the design of a website through to creating animations and games.
If you enjoyed using Flash to create your aquarium animation then this is the course for you. Using your creative talents and an artistic eye, you will make vector images and use them to build animations. You will be creating a website so will learn some HTML and CSS. A pure graphics unit completes the set. You will improve your skills using the following software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Flash, Codepen and Brackets.
This course is assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. The exam contributes to 25 per cent of the overall mark and focuses on pre-producation skills. There are three pieces of coursework, covering three different topics (creating digital graphics, creating a digital animation, and creating a multi-page website) each worth 25 per cent.
A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will create a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how businesses use IT. After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Mobility+ and Cisco IT Essentials.
The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the Internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge. This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types. This unit will help you to understand the legislation and regulation governing information which flows in to and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. You will also learn the relationship between data and Information. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware.
The world is increasingly reliant on applications that help individuals, business and organisations achieve specific activities or purposes. In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that you will design could be for any sector and for any purpose. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them and gain feedback before refining your design. Besides the technical knowledge that you will gain about designing an application, you will also learn key transferable skills about liaising with clients, questioning people effectively to gain the information you need to develop successful designs, and presenting your ideas to an audience and getting feedback from them. This unit is mandatory to the Application Developer pathway due to its relevance to the job role of an application developer. The unit supports the development of skills, knowledge and understanding appropriate to a wide range of job roles requiring the development of applications within mobile technology, business software, graphics, games and web design to name but a few
Gaming is a continuously developing market. There are a number of platforms available for amateur and professional game developers to release games that they have designed and developed. This unit will help you develop skills in designing and developing a prototype for a simple game. It will enable you to consider the logic of the programming structures required, as well as the interface design. You will then build a prototype to demonstrate an element of your game. This unit is optional within the Application Developer pathway. Games designers and developers design and develop games across a wide range of applications and platforms. The selection of optional units within this pathway will support the overall development of job roles within the gaming industry
Organisations are increasingly reliant on their website to market goods or services and interact with clients and customers. In this unit you will research, design and produce an interactive responsive website that is specific to a client’s needs, culminating in presenting the concept of the website using the prototype to the client. You will learn about the security risks within website design, and how to minimise these threats. This unit will also allow you to incorporate existing interactive elements, as well as prototyping your own website. This unit is optional within the Application Developer pathway. Job roles within this pathway include web app developers as well as website designers. These are different roles using similar skills, knowledge and understanding.