AA’s Computing department will equip students with the Computational Thinking and Logical thinking skills that will set them up for the workplace of the future, where computers, software and artificial intelligence will have a greater role in running the world. These skills prepare students with the skills to approach problems of the future with confidence, decompose them, spot patterns, develop algorithms to help solve them and create abstractions and generalisations to use and develop software and technology in a way that will enable them to work smarter, not harder.
AA’s Computing department is led by subject specialists with a particular interest in tangible computing and encourages students to get a more “hands on” experience with these abstract concepts, by providing a curriculum that is visual, as well as theoretical and rigorous to provide a digitally literate workforce for the future; by offering both IT and Computer Science routes into future education.
Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science and Design Technology, and the department will use opportunities throughout to teach concepts of these to students, encouraging students to see the utility of Technology in every-day life, allowing them to evaluate the software and tools available to them effectively to make their lives easier.
AA’s Computing department will build resilient and tenacious learners, who view failure as an opportunity, and as such will encourage students to reach their own answer, rather than provide them with the “right” way.
Information Technology is included in the KS3 Computing Curriculum. Please visit the Computer Science page for more information.
At GCSE, students have the option of which pathway they wish to follow in Computing; Computer Science or IT/iMedia
|Computer Science Pathway|
Computer Science is more about understanding how computers work and how they can be controlled by programming them. Computer Science will teach students the hardware components of computers and how they work, as well as networks, security and algorithms. Information about the CS pathway can be found on the Computer Science page
IT/iMedia is about the use of computers and software to complete tasks. iMedia is a creative option which will teach students how to use software to complete tasks such as game design, image manipulation and website design. Information about the IT/iMedia Pathway can be found below
GCSE Creative iMedia
|Exam Specification||Past Papers||Knowledge Organisers|
|Lesson Resources||Extra Curricular Clubs||Contact HoD|
|Photoshop Tutorials||Illustrator Tutorials||Revision Playlist|
|25% Exam||75% Coursework|
Exam 1: R081 Pre-Production Skills 25%
Coursework 1: R082 Creating Digital Graphics 25%
Coursework 2: R083 Creating 2D and 3D Digital Characters 25%
Coursework 3: R092 Developing Digital Games 25%
SoW and Sequence
Further Education/Job Destinations:
Creative iMedia opens routes into IT courses, as well as art and graphic design education including the following:
Creative iMedia keeps open doors in traditional IT occupations, teaching transferable IT skills and Computer Skills that are necessary in any job, as well as opportunities in Design and Marketing:
Prospects include, but are not limited to:
Coursework must be completed within lesson, therefore homework will be set for 1 hour per fortnight revising R081 exam content