At Key Stage 4, students can opt to study either Information Technology or Computer Science. In Computer Science, students follow the OCR Comptuer Science GCSE and in Information Technology, students follow the OCR Creative iMedia course.
Computer Science GCSE expands on students' Key Stage 3 learning and focusses on:
- System Architecture (using the Von Neumann model of computers),
- Data Representation (Binary and Hexadecimal),
- Networks (LAN, WAN, wired and wireless),
- Security Systems (including legal responsiblities as well as cyber warfare and terrorism)
- Algorithms (pseudocode and flowcharts)
- Programming Techniques
- Programming Languages and facilities
The course is assessed in two 90 minute written examinations, paper one which assesses a students understanding of computer systems and networks and paper two which assesses a students understanding of programming and data representation. In addition there is a non-assessed required practical which allows students to investigate and develop their programming skills.
OCR Creative iMedia is the IT qualification followed at school. A vocational Level 2 qualification, iMedia gives students an opportunity to use creative digital applications such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Animate to complete projects based around a series of project briefs - for example designing an album cover or creating a multi-page website. In addition to this students will also sit a written examination where they have to demonstrate understanding of project planning techniques as well as storyboarding and design.
Additional information on Key Stage 4 ICT and Computing can be obtained by contacting