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Computing

The Computing curriculum at Trinity is designed to equip students to be safe and active participants in the digital world. We challenge students to develop skills in logical thinking to enable problem-solving, digital literacy to ensure they can be active participants in a digital world, digital numeracy to support logical thinking and reasoning and programming to support sequencing and problem solving. The study of Computing enables students to develop their understanding of current and emerging computing and algorithmic technologies and understand how they work. There is a significant shortage of properly qualified computer scientists in a wide variety of fields including software development, electronic engineering, aerospace design, cybersecurity and medicine. Computing at Trinity therefore opens up to our students’ opportunities in these areas.

By the end of key stage 3 students develop confidence in programming using Scratch which leads to the creation of a computer game; have been introduced to hardware and software; developed confidence in HTML coding as well as getting to know how to use the network and access all of the features that it provides, including Office 365, OneDrive and Show My Homework. Later on the in the key stage students explore the digital world further, how to stay safe online and they become proficient at Binary and are introduced to programming in Python.

Throughout the GCSE course students acquire and apply knowledge and technical skills to develop an understanding of the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using Python. Students acquire knowledge and skills in the following areas: systems architecture, memory, storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, protocols and layers, system security, system software and ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns, algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages, data representation. The programming component assesses students’ ability to solve a programming related set of tasks. Students analyse  situations, design an appropriate solution to code the solution in Python and then test it fully to prove that it meets all the requirements as specified in the brief.

In the Sixth form the department offers an Extended Certificate in IT. Students will develop an understanding of Information Technology and how it is used within a Business environment. The will also examine in depth the flow of information within an organization and in the public domain. They will look at techniques pertaining to cybersecurity, looking at how to mitigate threats. Throughout they will look at project management techniques and the planning of projects.

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