The ability to effectively communicate using a wide range of digital tools and resources is fundamental to our children's future. As the job market evolves, further jobs in the Computing sector will be created. 

Our learners will develop a wide range of skills, encompassing; project planning, communicating, developing, testing, creating of practical applications, reviewing new and emerging technology and and learning about the science of how information technology. 

I like that Computer Science is both practical and scientific. Instead of just theory, you get to do a non-examined assessment where you can test your abilities without it affecting your grade. The theory is good because as well as covering a wide selection of topics it can teach you the best way to approach small projects such as "building" the best computer possible within a certain price range to have the most benefits. I would encourage other students to study Computer Science because the world is becoming more technological and will eventually rely on computer engineers so it would be a stable path to take. It also has many opportunities for jobs in large companies and even in the government. The subject is also very enjoyable for people who enjoy the detail behind computers more so than what you see on the screen.    Eloise Y11

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Our current Year 7 students:

  • Will work within their PSHE lessons to gain an understanding of the IT systems and IT procedures here at TGS. With safe and responsible use of systems such as; Gmail, Google Classroom, Go4Schools, they will learn to manage the day to day workload expectations cross-curicula. 
  • Exploring the use of SmallBasic (an integrated development environment) to create text based computer programs which will deepen their application and understanding of the computational thinking from their experience in KS2. 

Our current Year 8 students: 

  • Will explore through a range of topics (that cover three strands of; IT, Digital Literacy, and Computing) that will prepare them for later aspects of study, both in terms of cross-curricula support and IT & Computing related subjects.
  • Topics explored drawn from: Cyber Security, Modelling, Interactive presentations, Programming, Comic Strips, Digital Literacy Silver Award

Our current Year 9 students: 

  • Will continue explore through a range of topics that will prepare them for later aspects of study in IT & Computing related subjects.
  • Topics explored drawn from: Understanding Computers, Computer Networks, Web Design and HTML, Programming- Python, Animations, Digital Graphics, Employability and IT, Digital Literacy Gold Award

Students will be assessed half termly through a variety of methods which could include: End of unit project assessments, multiple choice quizzes, short and long exam style questions. 

GCSE Computer Science in Years 10 & 11

Course Leader: Mr J Partrick
Contact Email: jpartrick@tgschool.net
Examination Board: AQA
Assessment: 100% External Written Examinations (2 papers)

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?

Perhaps the main reason to study Computer Science is that it is a dynamic and rapidly growing area that has become an integral part of the world we live in today.  A 2020 UK report showed that the growth in IT related job roles was 11% with nearly 3 million people in tech related roles, and that a tenth of all job vacancies were tech related. It is estimated that by June 2021 there will be 100,00 job openings per month.

What does the course involve?

Component 1 – Principles of Computer Science (50%)

This section will assess all theoretical components which include:
Demonstrating an understanding of what algorithms are. Understanding the requirements for writing program code. Understanding binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases. Understanding components of computer systems.Understanding computer networks, the internet and the worldwide web. Demonstrating an awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues. 

Component 2 – Application of Computational Thinking (50%)

Based on a given scenario, the main focus of this component will be: Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms. Understanding how to develop program code and constructs, data types, structures, input/output, operators and subprograms. The scenario may also draw upon the range of computational elements as listed in component one.

Skills developed

Students will develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts whilst gaining practical experience of designing, writing, and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals. Students will develop an awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.

This course is best suited to students with a high standard of mathematics and are confident in developing their use of new languages.

Studying IT at Sixth Form

Students can continue studying IT as a vocational subject here at Thomas Gainsborough School.