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6th Form Prospectus

Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus

Art & Design COMPUTER

Art & Design COMPUTER SCIENCE Examination Examination Board: Board: AQA OCR* Why take Computer Science? Computer Science is both a practical and academic subject where students can apply the principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It is an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement. The aim of the course is to develop: • An understanding and ability to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including: abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation • The ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so. • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. • The capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science. • Mathematical and logical skills. • The ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology. What skills will I gain from studying Computer Science? It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating curiosity and encouraging you to engage with computer science in your everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices. The key features of Computer Science include: • An emphasis on problem solving using computers. • An emphasis on computer programming and algorithms. • An emphasis on the mathematical skills used to express computational laws and processes, e.g. Boolean algebra/ logic and algorithm comparison • Less emphasis on ICT. Being amongst the most technologically educated population will put you in a great position for many careers or further fields of study. What careers or further study would this subject be suitable for? Computer Science is suitable for students intending to pursue any career in which an understanding of technology is needed. It will provide students with a range of transferable skills which will facilitate personal growth and has links in areas such as maths, science and design and technology. Computer Science is a very creative subject and skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking will all be refined and explored as students progress through the course. What trips occur during the course? Bletchley Park - the ‘birthplace’ of Computing Do I need to have done GCSE ICT or Computer Science? No. The course is designed to be accessible to any student whether or not they have studied ICT or Computing at GCSE. Can I take Computer Science just as an AS Level? Yes. An AS level qualification will give you a sound grounding in the fundamentals of computing and programming techniques. What subjects does Computing go well with? Computing has traditional links to mathematics, physics, chemistry and design technology but the skills gained will be useful no matter what path you follow. Staff delivering the course Mr Johnson. *Under review Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 18

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN Examination Board: EdExcel* What topics are covered? AS level: Topic 1: Materials Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials Topic 3: Processes and techniques Topic 4: Digital technologies Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products Topic 6: Effects of technological developments Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment A2 level: Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment Topic 10: Current legislation Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning Topic 12: Further processes and techniques. Principles of Design and Technology Topics 1-7 are common topics to both AS and A level. Why study product design at SGS? In studying product design at SGS, students will benefit from a range of highly experienced design staff that is able to offer them the experience of designing and making products to a high commercial quality. All aspects of modern and traditional technology are considered and it is envisaged that the students will be able to make discerning choices as to which techniques are fit for purpose. The broad range of knowledge that students gather will enable them to critically evaluate designs of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. This will give them the skills to design and make their own products which in every way are equal to or better than those which can be purchased commercially What skills can I gain from studying product design? In studying product design at Stafford Grammar School, students will develop a clear understanding of design in society and how in the creation process, aestheticism and sustainability must be considered at all times. Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills as well as considering social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and technology activities. All aspects of designing and making are taught which include such topics as; plastics fabrication, wood and metal construction, computer graphic design, architectural modelling, interior design, commercial packaging and advertising. What career paths would this subject be suitable for? Product Design A level offers a vast range of career opportunities which can include; architecture, commercial product design, interior design and computer graphic design, as well as film, television and theatre set design. What trips occur during the course? Students regularly visit the Design Museum, Victoria and Albert museum and the Design Technology show at the NEC. Collaborative courses are run with local universities and architectural visits to Barcelona and Venice are planned *Under Review Stafford Grammar School Sixth Form Prospectus 19

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