Computer Science and ICT

Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

  • RJ Heysmond MA
  • Mrs A Golding MA

In the ICT and Computer Science Department at Christ College we seek to: -  

  •  Encourage emancipated, self-directing learners with excellent career prospects by setting problems that require tenacity and independent research. 
  • Develop capabilities in solving deep multidimensional problems which require sensitivity to a variety of concerns, by using real life case studies. 
  • Recognise that ICT and Computing are a part of the most dynamic areas of the tertiary sector - making sure that we engage students in collaborative learning as well as encouraging individual flair and imagination to succeed in this market.

The UK is a world leader in the creative digital industries. However, there is growing recognition that we need to build on and improve the UK’s capability and capacity for technical innovation and creativity in this area.  In Year 10, therefore, students are offered the opportunity to study Information & Communication Technology offered by the WJEC exam board.

This course has been specifically designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing. It focuses on cutting edge digital graphics; interactive multimedia, spreadsheets, databases and desk top publishing. This work constitutes the coursework component of the syllabus. Additional assessment is through a public examination, where candidates will need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of IT theory.  

Pupils in Year 10 are also offered the opportunity to study the AQA GCSE Computer Science specification.  This is an intellectually demanding course that gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques and delivers an understanding of what makes technology tick. This GCSE counts towards the prestigious English Baccalaureate, offering students maximum recognition for their efforts.

Assessment is through two public examinations on ‘Computational Thinking’ and ‘Problem Solving’; and coursework. The latter demonstrates the student’s ability to design; implement and test code to solve a given problem.   

Students in the Lower Sixth will also be offered the chance to study the newly reformed Computer Science GCE for AS and A’ Level. As with the GCSE qualification, this specification is rigorous and exceptionally well thought of by leading Universities and the more serious apprenticeship posts.  

   

The curriculum designed for years 7, 8 and 9 is both demanding and eclectic. Topics range from programming; multimedia & graphics, and the technical ‘nitty gritties’ of IT. Considerable emphasis is placed on student resilience and growth mind-set.

Outside of the classroom, pupils can gain experience of programming languages such as Java Script and Python, using cutting edge multimedia platforms such as that offered by “Code Combat”. The aim of this club is to inspire interest and enthusiasm in all of the exciting areas of ICT and move well beyond the standard syllabuses.   

We have three ICT suites – one of which is brand new.  Collectively, we have over 70 networked PCs for pupil use. The computers all run Windows 7 with Office (2013). We also use Visual Studio Community (2017) for GCSE & GCE programming. Finally, pupils have access to Citrix, which enables them to run school software and access their school document folders on their own personal machines. This system works with both PCs and Apple computers.