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Computing and Digital Media

“The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future. You’re going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else.”

Gabe Newell, Co-founder of Valve Corporation

“Game designers have a lot better take on the nature of learning than instructional designers”

Seymour Papert, Co-inventor of the Lego programming language.

“That’s what games are, in the end. Teachers. Fun is just another word for learning”

Raph Koster, A Theory of Fun for Game Design

Computing and Digital Media is a compulsory subject for Years 7 and 8. The programmes of study undertaken by these students have been designed to develop knowledge and skills in a variety of topics across Computer Science and Digital Media. These units will equip the students with the fundamental skills required in the subject should they wish to continue in Year 9 and beyond with the Creative iMedia at KS4 and BTEC Lvl 3 Creative Digital Media Production at KS5.

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KS3 – Computing and Digital Media

KS4 – OCR Creative iMedia – Games Development

KS5 – OCR Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media

KS5 – International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Technology in Global Society (ITGS)

 


 

KS3 – Computing and Digital Media

YEAR 7

  • Using computers safely
  • Understanding Computers
  • Games programming in Scratch

YEAR 8

  • Computer Crime and Cyber Security
  • Introduction to Python

YEAR 9

In Year 9 students have greater contact time in the subject (3 lessons a week). This enables them to gain a deeper understanding of familiar areas and also introduces them to a large variety of other topics, before slowly launching into the Creative iMedia Units in Term 4.

 The Units undertaken in Year 9 are as follows:

  • Web development
  • Python Programming
  • Sound Editing
  • Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Games design & Games Development


KS4 – OCR Creative iMedia – Games Development

Our Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia is sector-focused on Graphic Design and Games Development, and have IT at its heart. The course provides knowledge in a number of key areas in this field from Pre-Production skills to Games Development and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.

Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things. Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia Certificate (120 GLH) requires student to complete following 4 units.

  • Unit R081 – Pre-Production Skills (External Assessment)
  • Unit R081 – Creating Digital Graphic
  • Unit R091 - Designing a Game Concept
  • Unit R092 - Developing Digital Games

KS5 – OCR Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media

If you enjoyed GCSE CIDA (Digital Application) or GCSE Creative iMedia then our Level 3 Cambridge Technical course is the perfect choice for you. The Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media (equivalent to two A-Level) will help you to develop your skills in a range of diļ¬€erent topics including website production, graphic design, photography, 3D Modelling and Games Development through practical projects where you will produce digital media.

This course consists of 12 different units. Three of the unit is externally assessed examination and you will have an opportunity to re-sit each examination once. The examination windows for these units are Jan and June of each academic year.

The remaining eight units are coursework based and cover a range of skills from Digital Media Industry. The units’ topics include website production, graphic design, photography, 3D Modelling and Games Development

OCR Cambridge Technicals in Digital Media - Units of Study

Unit 1 Media products and audiences Unit 8 Photography for digital media products
Unit 2 Pre-production and planning Unit 10 Create a digital animation
Unit 3 Create a media product Unit 11 3D digital modelling
Unit 4 Interactive media product Unit 12 Game development
Unit 6 Social media and globalisation Unit 13 Graphic design for digital media products
Unit 7 Journalism and the news industry Unit 16 The Creation and use of Sound in Digital Media

KS5 – International Baccalaureate (IB) Information Technology in Global Society (ITGS)

The information technology in a global society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. You will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at both local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for you to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts. You will be able to apply your knowledge of existing IT systems to various scenarios and to make informed judgments about the effects of IT developments on them.

In ITGS you will study Web Development and Database development and will have an option to choice either as your IT System that you are required to develop throughout the course.

Upon successfully completing the course you can choose to progress to higher education degree level studies in software engineering, design studies, electrical engineering, politics, sociology and any IT related degree. You would also be ready to begin an apprenticeship linked to a wide range of careers involving both information technology, marketing, design and any number of multimedia professions.

 

Mr M Mousavi – Subject Leader of Computing Digital Media

mmousavi@ccw.kent.sch.uk