Computer Science and Computing are offered at GCSE and A level, both with the WJEC exam boards. This is aimed at those who want to learn to program computers and understand the way a computer system works. It allows you to develop your skill level and then show this off in the assessment work. There is a lot of practical work to help make this subject very hands on.
You will learn how to use Java, Visual Basic and Html and also develop your knowledge of other software such as Python and PHP. However this is not exhaustive and if you have a particular specialism it can be accommodated within the practical aspects of the work. Writing your own programs and even making your own apps are potential outcomes in this subject.
You can expect to cover three units at GCSE level and four at A level.
The GCSE has a written exam; a computer based practical test and a controlled assessment piece all taken at the end of year 11. The practical work is focussed upon the Greenfoot system.
The A level has two courseworks and two written exams, one of each in year 12.
ICT is offered at GCSE and A Level, also with the WJEC exam board. It is aimed more at the end users of computers rather than the internal working of the PC. If you prefer to make and create documents with a variety of different applications, this is more suited to you.
You will develop your understanding of a target audience and design documents and websites suitable for a specific purpose and audience. Within this you can expect to create animations, capture edit and manipulate sound and incorporate your own videos into your work.
The GCSE and A level both have two written exams and two coursework assessment pieces so this allows a smooth transition from GCSE to A Level.
Whatever your preference, you can expect individual access to a computer for every lesson. The full Office package is used as standard and the SERIF package is used heavily for the graphical and media rich tasks.
At Key Stage 3 the emphasis is on practical skills development, so you will cover many aspects of presentation graphical representations and DTP, as well as tasting aspects of computer programming and computer logic. Lessons are hands on and require students to be constantly using the PC.