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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.

The Units undertaken across Key Stage 3 are outlined below:

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 – BTEC Lv3 Digital Games Production

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Digital Games Production is designed to provide a technical introduction to digital games production. Learners develop skills in games design and game engine scripting, 3D modelling and environment and games testing. This qualification is for post-16 learners who are looking to progress to higher or degree apprenticeships, employment or to further education or training.

This qualification is 360 GLH, Equivalent in size to one A Level. Learners are required to complete 5 units of which two are mandatory (one is external) and four internally assess units.

All learners are required to complete the following units.

  • Unit 3 - Digital Media Skills
  • Unit 13 - Digital Games Production
  • Unit 40 - 3D Modelling
  • Unit 41 - 3D Environments
  • Unit 43 - 3D Digital Animation

Mr M Mousavi – Subject Leader of Computing Digital Media

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