Computing is made up of three distinct strands. Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science is a rigorous academic discipline, encompassing programming languages, data structures, algorithms, binary and how a Computer works. Digital Literacy is the general ability to use computers. A set of skills such as Web Design, MS Office Skills, Digital Graphics or Animation. It includes knowledge of the Internet including E-Safety. Information Technology is the use of computers, in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere, including aspects of IT systems architecture, human factors, and project management.

At Key Stage 3 we will endeavour to provide a foundation in all three areas of the subject to prepare pupils for the ever changing Digital World.

Cambridge National in Creative iMedia Level 1/2

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills using Computers, Industry Standard Software and provide opportunities to develop a range of desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be able to work in the Creative Industries and help produce the Web Sites and Computer Games of the Future.

Content overview
R081: Pre-production skills
Students are introduced to a range of essential pre-production techniques used in the creative and digital media, including client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques
R082: Creating digital graphics
Building on the skills and understanding that they have developed in the previous unit, students explore where and why digital graphics are used and the techniques that are involved in their creation. They apply their skills and knowledge in creating digital graphics against a specific brief.
R085: Creating a multipage website
Students explore the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites. They demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and visually pleasing website.
R091: Designing a game concept
Students learn the basics of planning and designing digital games for the creative digital media sector. They investigate the capabilities and limitations of different platforms, and identify core features of digital games as they create a games design concept proposal for presentation to a client for critical review.