Computers are an integral part of our everyday lives affecting the way we live, think and act! We live in a computerised world whereby computers are involved in so many aspects of our lives such as travelling, work, research, entertainment, education, communication and many, many more. Computing, as a subject, is focused on discovering how technologies work as well as learning to use them along with the uses and implications of different technologies. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of current and emerging computer technology, allowing them to be educated users as well as learners capable of developing new programs for the future. Computing is important intellectually as is enables you to learn to be logically minded, it provides challenges for you to break tasks down to create solutions and solve problems and it allows you to develop and apply skills that are used within many real world contexts, leading to multiple career paths. Skills learnt in Computing, such as critical thinking, research, analysis, developing algorithms, logical thinking, problem solving, testing, evaluating, teamwork and collaboration can all be used to support the development and extension of knowledge in other subjects too. The importance of Computing is recognised by its inclusion in the revised English Baccalaureate. Computing is the way forward!
- To development of key skills that prove their aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data
- To processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct
- To gain knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector, such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.
- To be competent in understanding and applying the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- To be able to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- To be able to evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- To be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
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St Aidan’s Catholic Academy considers the greatest impact of the curriculum to be high rates of pupil progress.
Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
- A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects
- study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in IT, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships
- move on to higher education by studying a degree in the digital sector.