Computer Science & Coding
The Computing Science department allows pupils, with their excellent ICT awareness, the opportunity to be creative and use logical thinking skills.
During the IGCSE course pupils will be taught how to program, including simple games programming using python as the learning language. Pupils will also learn the theory of computing, which includes computer hardware and software, number systems in computing, advanced database management systems and programming theory.
The A Level Computing course will teach pupils how to use object orientated programming techniques, which will then be used in a fully programmed project. This course will prepare students for a Computer Science degree course.
The department is well resourced occupying three fully equipped computer rooms with new computers running Windows 7. All computers have a variety of programming IDE’s supporting a range of programming languages, with other software to support the computing courses. The department also makes use of programmable robots, and programmable electrical circuits to enhance pupils’ programming skills while also offering the satisfaction of seeing programs in operation.
The department also offers a range of extra-curricular activities, including robotics and cybernetics which involve pupils programming Raspberry Pi robots to complete set missions. The department is also supporting an exciting project in which pupils are programming a Raspberry Pi to control a Quadcopter using GPS technology. The department also offers programming support in which pupils can take on challenging Java/python projects to extend their knowledge beyond the curriculum.
Head of Department:
Mr Chris Wooldridge