The Computing/ICT department aims to provide students with skills for life, to enable and empower students to take an active part in society, in life beyond St. Bede’s. The curriculum is designed to be balanced and challenging, covering a wide spectrum of skills and philosophies found under the umbrella term of computing. Students will develop a range of creative and problem solving skills in line with the national curriculum, but also develop and enhance their ICT skills in a wider context to meet the needs of a modern world.
GCSE Computer Science Curriculum Overview
For GCSE computer Science students will study computational thinking, code tracing, problem-solving, programming concepts including the design of effective algorithms and the designing, writing, testing and refining of code. Students will be required to design, write, test and refine program code using Python and SQL. Students will sit two exams which in which they will have to evidence knowledge of:
- structuring programs into modular parts with clear documented interfaces to enable them to design appropriate modular structures for solutions
- including authentication and data validation systems/routines within their computer programs
- writing, debugging and testing programs to enable them to develop the skills to articulate how programs work and argue using logical reasoning for the correctness of programs in solving specified problems
- designing and applying test data (normal, boundary and erroneous) to the testing of programs so that they are familiar with these test data types and the purpose of testing
- refining programs in response to testing outcomes.
Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in Creative iMedia Curriculum Overview
This course is aimed at developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for use in creative technology industries. Students will learn about the media industry, digital media products, how they are planned, and the media codes which are used to convey meaning, create impact and engage audiences. Furthermore, they will learn to how to develop visual identities for clients and use the concepts of graphic design to create original digital graphics to engage target audiences and how to plan, create and review interactive digital media products.