Computing and IT
We aim to develop learners who are resilient problem solvers with the ability to independently explore and apply their knowledge to the 21st century.
Key Stage 3
Pupils in Years 7 & 8 receive one 60 minute lesson a week with homework once every two weeks, as is the policy at Hollingworth. Pupils study a range of topics which will develop their digital literacy skills and knowledge, not only to prepare them for further study but for use in their future careers.
Pupils in Year 9 follow the preference curriculum which allows pupils the opportunity to study Computer Science and/or Information Technology.
Key Stage 4
Pupils in Year 10 can take either Computer Science or Information Technology as an option. Those who have chosen Information Technology will study the BTEC Digital Information Technology course for three hours per week. The aim of this course is to give pupils a developed understanding of the use of technology in society and the workplace with a focus on data processing and user interfaces. The course consists of two pieces of controlled assessment worth 30% each and one ninety minute exam worth 40%.
Pupils opting for the GCSE in Computer Science will work towards two exams worth 50% each. The aim of this course is to give pupils a deep understanding of how a computer works, studying hardware, software and programming.
In light of changes to Key Stage 4, the curriculum plan for Year 9 IT is under review 2020-21.
GCSE revision classes are run at appropriate times, often in the run up to examinations. Coursework catch-up sessions for vocational courses are run regularly throughout the year.