The Computing course at The London Oratory takes pupils all the way from basic processing skills up to and including more sophisticated programming techniques. It enjoys its own designated computing space and enough hardware and software to enable supportive exposure to the white heat of technology! A great course for budding coders and code breakers, pupils are supported into pitting their wits and putting their minds into the enigmatic world of computing.
key stage 3
Pupils in First and Second Form are given the opportunity to develop their skills in using ICT and in coding. They learn how to produce effective PowerPoint presentations using hyperlinks and how spreadsheets can be used for modelling and analysing “what-if?” scenarios. As well as continuing with Scratch programming, pupils also start to lean coding with Python, a powerful but easy to use high-level programming language. Some of the theory behind computers is covered during these two years, including binary numbers and CPU functions, and e-Safety continues to be emphasized throughout.
key stage 4
Qualification Pathway: GCSE Computer Science
Examination Board: J276 OCR Specification
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The Computing Science course follows the. This course gives pupils a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and the opportunity to explore coding in more depth. The course is divided into two main sections. Computer systems looks at the functions of the CPU in a computer, network architecture and system security, as well as ethical, legal and cultural concerns associated with computer use. Computational thinking allows pupils to develop skills in understanding and writing algorithms, using logic and in programming techniques. As part of the course, pupils are required to complete a major programming project to solve a problem set by the exam board.