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Computing and ICT

In Year 9, pupils can choose to do a Computer Studies ‘Pre-Option’. This allows pupils to do a one-year computer science course that is similar to the GCSE course. The pre-option computer science course gives pupils an excellent grounding in the subject should they choose to do it the following year as a GCSE.

Units covered in Year 9 are

  • Computer Systems including
    • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues in computing
    • System architecture
    • Memory
    • Network topologies, Protocols and Layers
    • Storage
  • Computational thinking, algorithms & Programming including
    • Computational logic
    • Programming techniques
    • Data representation
    • Software development
  • A Programming project
    • Analysing the problem
    • Designing a solution
    • Developing a solution
    • Testing the solution
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