Computer Science Department
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Our aim at Tapton School is to bring Computer Science to the forefront of the curriculum, through a study of software, information systems and computer programming. We will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills. For many, it will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills and become digitally literate, which can be transferred to other subjects and applied in day-to-day life. We hope that students will use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning users of Computer Science, able to make informed decisions about the use and implications of different technologies.
Computer Science is taught in the Sixth Form for years and has proved very popular with five-ten students per year, and for the last three years Sixth Form students leaving to study Computer Science degrees at top UK Universities.
The change to ICT curriculum as proposed by the Government alongside the experience and skills of ICT staff, means that the transition to teaching only Computer Science will be fluent. Furthermore, the students will benefit from the passion and knowledge of the teaching staff in the department.
In today's technology-focused world, most of the students have already developed excellent ICT skills and are fully competent in the topics covered under the ICT curriculum. Computer Science will offer students greater opportunity to be creative and use logical thinking skills that would not apply when teaching the standard ICT curriculum.