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Technology shapes nearly every aspect of the way we live and work today

Technology shapes nearly every aspect of the way we live and work today At Westbourne School we recognise that proficiency in Computer Science is an essential part of 21st century living. We don’t just teach our students how to use computers, we break computers apart and see what’s inside to build their confidence and understanding of what a computer really is. Computer programming is one of the most in demand skills in the workforce of today, so our students learn the fastest growing industry standard programming language: Python. In this increasingly technological age, an understanding of how computers affect our lives, is essential for their future career.

GCSE Computer Science

Subject Content:
1. Fundamentals of algorithms and computational thinking
2. Programming techniques
3. Fundamentals of data representation in binary and hexadecimal
4. Computer systems architecture and Boolean logic
5. Fundamentals of computer networks
6. Fundamentals of cyber security
7. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society.

Non-exam assessment - This project gives students a chance to use the programming skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem.

What will I learn?

What will I learn? You will learn basic programming skills, you will also become competent in the use of office software and learn about the importance of staying safe online.

Year 7
✔ Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly.
✔ First Steps in Small Basic
✔ Games Programming in Scratch
✔ Understanding Computers
✔ Introduction to Coding through Kodu.

Year 8
✔ Introduction to Python
✔ HTML and Website Development
✔ Computer Crime and Cyber Security
✔ Using Microsoft Office and G-Suite

Year 9
✔ Jobs in Tech
✔ Python: Next steps
✔ Online Life
✔ Networks and The Internet

Activities and Competitions

Westbourne runs a variety of activities and competitions. Please enquire for further details.

iDEA: This digital skills award is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh in that students can work towards the bronze, silver or gold award. This is an excellent award for students to show their skills to future employers, particularly if they chose not to take Computer science GCSE.

Cyber Discovery: HM Government’s free, online, extracurricular programme turning teenagers across the country into cyber security experts.

Safer Internet Day: The school takes part annually in activities to raise awareness of the importance of online safety.

Your choice. Their future.

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