As a department we attempt to set very little homework that requires the use of a computer at home. However, inevitably some tasks do require use of a computer, but there is access to computers for pupils at lunch times (in the LRC) and certain days after school by prior arrangement with staff if students do not have access to a computer at home. We do encourage computer use at home and work is enhanced for those that have the opportunity to do this.
Key Stage 4
Students are expected to spend approximately half an hour per week supplementing the work done in lessons. Some weeks there will be specific tasks to complete, but if this is not the case, students are expected to continue with the development of their programming knowledge in order to support their Non-Exam Assessment in Year 11.
Key Stage 5
The courses offered in Key Stage 5 are heavily dependent on building portfolios. Therefore, for every hour spent in lessons, students are expected to spend a further hour in self-supported study. In Computer Science, the final year brings with it the demands of the final year Project. This is a coding challenge in which students devleop a program for an external client. Students are expected to spend their private study time given by the college, working on their projects.