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What will I learn?

At Hill House School we recognise that proficiency in ICT/Computer Science is important in the market place of the 21st century. The ICT/Computer Science department aims to give pupils the ability to become critical and effective users of ICT/Computer Science who will be capable of using ICT/Computer Science as a tool to solve problems. We seek to make pupils responsible citizens with regards to their usage of ICT/Computer Science and other related technologies.

The department’s activities work on advanced skills involving both large and small projects such as computer animation and games development.

Years 7 

ICT/Computing is an important part of the Senior School curriculum. Students take part in a carousel which involves DT, ICT and Computer Science. Increasingly, subject-specific software is requested by teachers for use on the school network, providing an alternative style of learning for pupils. The work in lessons is based on a series of mini-projects which involve all of the skills learned so far plus new ones based on aspects of computing. One such mini project centres on video and sound editing, computer game design and involves graphics, problem solving, and programming skills.

Year 8 

ICT/Computing is an important part of the Senior School curriculum. Students take part in a carousel which involves DT, ICT and Computer Science. Increasingly, subject-specific software is requested by teachers for use on the school network, providing an alternative style of learning for pupils. The work in lessons is based on a series of mini-projects which involve all of the skills learned so far plus new ones based on aspects of computing. One such mini project centres on video and sound editing, computer game design and involves graphics, problem solving, and programming skills.

Years 9 

Pupils have one lesson per week throughout the year, in which they complete units on Computer Science, including programming, HTML and game design.

GCSE

The department currently offers GCSE Computer Science. This course is for those pupils who want a more in depth knowledge of current and emerging computer technologies. The emphasis is on computing as a problem solving tool. Pupils learn algorithm design and programming in a high level language, VB.net and also low level language theory and practical applications. Pupils will acquire knowledge and understanding of computer design, networking, software design and the impact of computing technology on society.