Headteacher: Mr Inman

ICT/Computing

The ICT/Computing department at Buile Hill Visual Arts college benefits from four dedicated fully networked computer rooms, all use Windows Seven as the operating system with cloud based Google Apps and Google Classroom being fully integrated as a way of working.
Computing is taught as a discreet subject at both KS3 and KS4. We have been making significant changes to the curriculum over the previous 12 months. Year 7 and 8 pupils follow a condensed national programme of study and have 1 lesson per peek.
Years 9,10 & 11 students study GCSE Computing, GCSE ICT, Edexcel CiDA or GCSE Business Studies.
The faculty achieves outstanding results which primarily is down to excellent teaching being at the heart of everything we do. The teachers work hard to ensure that all lessons are well planned, creative and interesting.
Collaborative working is something which comes naturally to the faculty; joint projects are undertaken during creative weeks as well as in topical projects throughout KS3 and KS4.
We value extracurricular opportunities in the faculty as a way of extending the learning and enjoyment the pupils receive after the home time bell goes. We have a Raspberry Pi Minecraft club on a Monday together extended homework and support sessions for other year groups on a Wednesday.


Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 pupils will study the following topics:

  • e safety
  • Binary
  • Flash Animation
  • Python Programing
  • Video Editing
  • Hardware & Software
  • App Creation

Key Stage 4

Pupils will study different subjects dependent on their ability. Top sets in Year 11 will do GCSE Computing. A selection of the topics they will study are:

  • Python Programing
  • App Creation
  • Networking

Pupils will be assessed by 80% exam and 20% NEA assessment

Other sets will study TLM ICT users qualification. This includes coursework based on office applications, followed by an exam based on using digital skills
We also offer GCSE Business Studies and GCSE ICT as options to Year 11.
Year 10 follow the same structure as Year 11 however instead on the TLM course they will complete Edexcel CiDA whereby they study game design and web design. There is a large element of portfolio based assessment together with a small examination on web design.
Year 9 students all have the opportunity to choose GCSE Computing, Edexcel CiDA or GCSE Business Studies

Homework

We set homework as per the school calendar Key Stage 3 will receive one piece a fortnight, and Key Stage 4 one piece a week.

 

Last edited 21.11.2017 R.Simcox

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