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Computing and Digital Studies

Subject Overview

Computing and Digital Studies develops important and modern skills and is having a significant impact in the development of careers in the UK and globally.  Demand for employment in these areas is likely to continue to rise and expand, due to AI and technology becoming an everyday replacement for humans in many jobs.

Computing and Digital Studies gives students the opportunity to study a broad range of skills that are relevant in a digitally evolving world. Through these subjects, students are able to analyse and evaluate real world problems and find solutions relevant for the computing world.

Curriculum Principles

The key principles of the Computing and Digital Studies curriculum is to promote students' understanding, opinions, and respect for an evolving technological world.   We aim to create well-rounded students who are prepared for the ever-changing digital world they live in.

We aim to enable students to develop, understand and justify decisions on the ethical, legal and cultural impacts that technology is having and will continue to have. Students will develop problem-solving skills and a logical approach to thinking in order to solve computational problems in a real life and ‘online life’ context. The course encourages and introduces new career opportunities of jobs that are currently developing involving robots and AI, encouraging students to be creative and motivated when thinking about careers.

It is important that our learners develop the key transferable skills and knowledge to allow them to apply and succeed in these up-and-coming jobs.

Curriculum Aims

The course has been designed to cover key elements of the environment and world we live in – introducing and developing skills that the students can use beyond education. It allows students to develop skills in a sequenced order to ensure they understand and can justify necessary elements of the course using previously learnt knowledge evolving a range of opinions, perspectives and deep understanding of the key elements of the course.

The course introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science in the local and global contexts.

Students will develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators and engage in the opportunity to undertake a programming task which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, and test and refine programs using a high-level programming language.

Students learn to think independently and logical whilst developing organisation and communication skills.

Students will engage in computational investigations to improve as critical and reflective thinkers, with inquisitive minds.

Curriculum Design

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The Computing and Digital Studies curriculum is designed to challenge students in terms of their understanding of the world of computer science and push them to develop programming skills of the highest order.  We will implement this curriculum in Computing and Digital Studies with the aim of unlocking each students' potential and inspiring them to achieve excellence by being the best they can be.