Computing Key Stage 4 | Rainhill High School

Computing Key Stage 4

At KS4 students have the option of two different subject pathways, should they wish to progress further in our subject. For those that are technically and logically minded who enjoy programming and computing concepts, GCSE Computer Science is the perfect match. However, should students wish to explore the more creative side of computing and digital literacy, the OCR Cambridge National in iMedia, a blend of both ICT and Media, is offered.

Reading for Pleasure

Book TitlePublishing InformationWhat's it about?
Trigger Happy: The inner life of videogames by Stephen PooleFourth Estate 978-1841151212A witty, comprehensive and passionate discourse on the videogame explosion. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in this industry.
Ready Player One by Ernest ClineArrow 978-0099560432Ready Player One” takes place in the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumoured to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world.
The RulesIndependent 979-8511628325When Ryan Jacobs hacks into a top-secret computer system, he has no idea that his life is about to change. He faces his worst fears as a sinister organisation tries to use his skills for its own evil ends.

Text Books

TitlePublisherISBN
My Revision Notes: OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMediaHodder Education978-1471886683
OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science All-in-One Complete Revision and PracticeCollins978-0008431679
Cambridge National Level 1/2 Creative iMediaHodder Education978-1510457201
GCSE Computer Science OCR Revision GuideCGP Ltd978-1789085563

Websites

Website AddressDescription of what is offeredPassword
https://senecalearning.com/en-GB/Independent learning and revision of computer science for GCSE
https://isaaccomputerscience.org/Independent learning and revision of computer science for GCSE
https://erevision.uk/Revision activities for Creative iMedia

Enrichment

We encourage all of our pupils to engage in enrichment and extra curricular activities in school. We are currently offering the following enrichment in KS3 but for up to date information, please consult the latest edition of the Parent Newsletter.

Club or ActivityWhen & WhereWho can I ask for more information?
Computer Science CatchupMondays after school - A203Mr Smith
Creative iMedia CatchupTuesdays after school - A204Miss Johnson

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