Due to the nature of the subjects in the department, homework set may often require the use of a computer at home. To support with this, there is access to computers for pupils at lunch times (in the LRC) and certain days after school by prior arrangement with staff if students do not have access to a computer at home. We do encourage computer use at home and work is enhanced for those that have the opportunity to do this.
Key Stage 4
Students will be set homework every week, usually through Microsoft Teams. In computer science, students should be developing their programming skills to go alongside the work set in lessons. There are opportunities to do this using other languages through the Codeacademy platform. Y11 Computer Science will have all homework set on GCSE Pod.
Y11 Computer Science First Term Homework Plan
| Term 1 || GCSE POD HWK TOPICS |
| W/C 1st September || Sequences, selection and iteration |
Arithmetic and Logic Operations
| W/C 7th September || Denary to Binary |
Binary to Denary
| W/C 14th September || Denary & Hexadecimal |
| W/C 21st September || Representing Images |
| W/C 28th September || Data Compression |
| W/C 5th October || Logic Diagrams and Operations |
| W/C 12th October || Truth tables |
| W/C 19th October || Testing |
Compiling and Interpreting
Key Stage 5
The courses offered in Key Stage 5 are heavily dependent on building portfolios. Therefore, for every hour spent in lessons, students are expected to spend a further hour in self-supported study. In Computer Science, the final year brings with it the demands of the final year Project. This is a coding challenge in which students develop a program for an external client. Students are expected to spend their private study time given by the college, working on their projects.