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Key Stage 3

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ICT Computing and Media

The students at Key Stage 3 are introduced to a wide variety of different areas of the computing curriculum.  The students are introduced to website design, photo editing software, spreadsheets and database construction.  Students are also introduced to a number of different programming languages such as Small Basic, Touch Develop and Scratch.  These skills are introduced to prepare students for their GCSE studies in computing, ICT or Media and for future college, university or employment opportunities.

For further information about what is taught in KS3 please read the KS3 course descriptor.

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Key Stage 4

The Computing and Media Faculty currently offer 3 different courses, these are, GCSE ICT, GCSE Computing and GCSE Media Studies.  The GCSE ICT option gives students a broad knowledge of ICT from website design and photo editing to spreadsheet and database creation.  The GCSE Computing option gives students the opportunity to develop programming skills using a number of different languages.  Both courses also educate students on the theory side of computers and networks.  The GCSE Media course is a creative subject that enables the students to create different media products such as short movies and magazines.

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Key Stage 5

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At post 16 the Computing and Media Faculty offer a number of different courses to suit different student needs.  The students can access a Level 2 Cisco course which enables students to build hardware and network systems.  The level 3 courses available are the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals, Level 3 A Level Computing and Level 3 A Level Media.  The Cambridge Technicals course gives students the opportunity to explore IT within business scenarios and extend their knowledge on websites and animations.  The students are also introduced to gaming concepts.  With A Level Computing the students are asked to produce comprehensive programming projects as well as extent their theory on computing and networks.  The A Level media course enables the students to create a short length movie to a specific genre and investigate the theory side of different media productions

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