Support and Options Avalable For Computer Science and I-Media.
Contact head of subject for further information.
Information and Communication Technology is used throughout the School. It is important to both the curricular and extra-curricular activities of all students.
The Computing department at Birkdale High School is both dynamic and proactive. The computing facilities embrace new technology and are developing year by year.
The department has 6 well-equipped computer rooms with multi-media projection facilities and interactive whiteboards for class and group activities along with many machines around the academy, which can be used for private research and study. Students have access to scanners, digital cameras and quality colour and black and white lasers, which together enable them to print off professional looking course work.
The department follows the aims of the Computing National Strategy to raise standards by strengthening teaching and learning for all 11 to 14 year olds. The school provides a minimum of 180 minutes per fortnight of discrete teaching throughout the key stage to ensure the delivery of the yearly teaching objectives for Computing.
The curriculum of the Computing department in KS3 is designed to prepare pupils so that they make the correct decision in terms of their KS4 options subjects. In Year 8 pupils can opt for either GCSE Computer Science or the Cambridge National Creative iMedia course. Computer Science focuses on coding and computer hardware and software whereas Creative iMedia focuses more on the design aspect of creating interactive multimedia products, digital animations and other graphical products.
Year 7 and 8 students will focus on a course in both Digital Literacy and Computer Science. Topics covered in each year are below.
Pupils can attend Coding Club after school to pursue their interest in programming. Coding Club allows students to explore programming wherever their imagination leads them without having to satisfy an examination board assessment plan.
Most nights pupils can avail themselves of coursework drop-in sessions to supplement their timetabled lessons.
The department offers GCSE Computer Science from the OCR examination board.
The course enables students to:
Students will be cover elements from J276/01 and J276/02.
This will include topics such as:
Students will cover all of the remaining elements from J276/01 and more from J276/02.
This will include topics such as:
Students will cover all of the Programming Project task.
They will revisit and revise all of the topics studied in Years 9 and 10.
Specification from the examination board.
Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives and vital to the UK economy. Production of digital media products is a requirement of almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce. It lets learners gain knowledge in a number of key areas in the media field, from pre-production skills to digital animation, and offers a hands-on approach to learning. This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The qualification's hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.
This will be done throughout the three year course. So if your child likes project work, enjoys research and doing practical things they may find a Cambridge National a better option than a GCSE.
One of the units that students must take – on RO81 Pre-production skills – involves a written exam that lasts one hour and 15 minutes and is set and marked by the examination board.
Three quarters of the qualification is tested by coursework that's set and marked by your child's teacher;