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Computer Science

Welcome to the Computer Science Department

If you have any queries regarding studying Computer Science, please email enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk

Students become confident programmers and problem solvers understanding the practical applications of Computing in the ever-evolving world around us

Aims and Expectations

Our Computer Science Key Stage 3 curriculum is a mixture of Computer Science and discrete Digital Literacy skills to ensure students develop essential skills for the future. In Year 7 we introduce students to the fundamentals of computing such as computational thinking skills and algorithmic thinking whilst at the same time discreetly teaching digital literacy skills.  In Year 8 students become confident programmers and problem solvers understanding the practical applications of Computing in the ever-evolving world around us, students learn about artificial intelligence, ethics, human computer interaction, privacy and security.  The project based curriculum has been specifically developed to appeal to the school’s specific context and encourages competitive team work to simulate a real world scenario in each project. 

Every Computer Scientist is assigned a house team that is specific to this subject area.  The teams are based around trail blazer Computing pioneers for the subject area, picked specifically to inspire students and enable them to develop a greater appreciation on the wider impact Computing has in society.

At KS4 we offer students two distinct pathways; BTEC Digital Information Technology and OCR GCSE Computer Science, with a healthy number of pupils signing up each year. The Computer Science department is keen to looking to expand next year to offer either Level 3 BTEC IT or A Level OCR Computer Science next academic year.

Software used to support Computer Science teaching includes the Adobe Creative Suite (web-design -including JavaScript programming, animation and graphics), Microsoft Office (data manipulation and digital literacy), MIT App Inventor, Python (including TKinker and Turtle), Scratch (Game development and machine-learning).

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