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Today’s students accept computers as an essential and ever present part of their life. The move to provide computing as a subject for all students has been a recent development in the national curriculum.

At Tomlinscote School we aim to give all students a solid theoretical and practical understanding of computing technology and its role in almost every area of their life.

In addition to current developments, we encourage students to investigate the history of computing from Babbage, through Turing, Berners Lee, Steve Jobs and beyond. All students gain an understanding and experience of programming using a range of languages.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 many students arrive with limited knowledge or experience of Computing. Starting with the exploration of the devices and systems that dominate their world, students quickly gain a knowledge of how these devices work and what components make them up.

Students progress from the use of visual programming languages with BBC micro-bits to use of industry standard high-level languages such as Python and Javascript. Current events such as cyber threats, security, e-safety and the law regarding computer usage are studied throughout KS3 along with the internet and WWW.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students are offered the option of taking GCSE Computer Science or the Level 2 National Certificate in Information Technology. In both cases, students will have gained a solid foundation at Key Stage 3 from which they can progress.

The GCSE in Computer Science explores how computer systems work and how data is represented in these systems. Programming theory and techniques are studied and applied in controlled assessments and an end of course exam. All students gain experience of using a range of languages including Python, Java, Visual Basic, HTML5 and CSS.

The National Certificate in Information Technology offers students the opportunity to learn about and use the tools and techniques found in business and society. Candidates gain practical experience through controlled assessments that involve collecting, managing, presenting and communicating information.


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