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Our KS3 Computing course allows your child to follow a course of study based around the latest British computing curriculum, informed by our work with the National Center for Computing Education. Students learn at their own pace, covering the key aspects of Computing: ICT, Digital Literacy, & Computer Science.
Our KS3 courses are divided into 3 separate courses, allowing student to progress to GCSE/iGCSE at a pace that suits them best. Each of our KS3 courses are aimed at students aged 11 – 14 and are led by a qualified Computer Science teacher (Holly Billinghurst) who specializes in distance learning.
As part of this distance learning course, students have the option to access a weekly live class (term time) covering different aspects of the course. Live classes have been designed to give students the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on their progress as well as having an opportunity to work alongside other students.
KS3 Year 1 Classes are : Mondays at 11.30am UK Time (maximum 10 students) KS3 Year 2 Classes are : Wednesdays at 9am UK Time (maximum 10 students)
Important note: Our course covers a curriculum in line with year 7 – 9 in British schools. All assessments are against the Nation Curriculum KS3 standards or above. Full curriculum is covered over the three KS3 courses but does not prevent students from progressing to GCSE.
Our KS3 Computing classes run over 5 terms with an additional summer project for students wishing to study past the May half term. Live classes are run in groups of 6 weeks with end of topic assessments set at the end of each. Each topic includes:
- Pre-Recorded video lessons introducing the key aspects of the topic
- Downloadable tasks
- Quiz / Interactive task to test your knowledge
- Optional live lessons with a subject specialist tutor via Zoom
Our Curriculum for Year 2:
Each of our KS3 courses covers a range of topics each year allowing our learners to access the full range of computing – not just programming! (although there is programming included every year)
Students can enrol at any time, but we strongly recommend starting at the beginning of a half term as the course is divided into topics.
|Half Term||Topics||Day of Live Lesson||Tutor|
|Nov – Dec||Web Programming (coding an interactive advent calendar)||Mondays @11.30am BST||Holly Billinghurst|
|Jan – Feb||More About Malware (e-safety & netiquette)||Mondays @11.30am BST||Holly Billinghurst|
|Feb – Mar /Apr||Programming in Python||Mondays @11.30am BST||Holly Billinghurst|
|Apr – Jun||Codebreaking with Spreadsheets (ICT)||Mondays @11.30am BST||Holly Billinghurst|
*please note change of time BST/GMT if you are attending internationally
Frequently Asked Questions
Our course covers a curriculum in line with year 7 – 9 in British schools and our tutors are linked to the British Computer Society’s Education arm, Computing@Schoool (& NCCE). All assessments are against the National Curriculum KS3 standards or above.
The full KS3 curriculum is covered over the three KS3 courses but does not prevent students from progressing to GCSE. At the end of each KS3 course, students are set an online test which indicates a suggested next stage of study.
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