Computer Science

The Altius Alliance is keen to offer places for the School Direct 2017-18 cohort.

Here is a typical departmental profile:

The Computing Department consists of three members of staff, two of which are specialist teachers who are also members of C.A.S. The department, which is very committed in establishing the new Computing curriculum, is led by a Subject Leader who has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the department.

At Cheadle Hulme High School the Computing department is well equipped. There are four dedicated computing labs where each lab has between 30 and 34 PCs. The operating system used in school is Microsoft Windows 7 and the department has recently purchased two class sets of Raspberry Pis so that KS3 students have the opportunity of learning with the latest technology. Each computing lab has an electronic whiteboard and the main two computing labs have recently been fitted with Apple TV. The department has the support of the school’s team of five IT technicians, including a Network Manager and the E-Learning Manager. There is also an administration assistant who supports the department on a daily basis with all administrative tasks. The department has its own office which provides staff with a work area away from their normal classroom.

Presently, the department is allocated on the timetable for the delivery of computing, one hour per fortnight to Year 7 and one hour per week to Years 8 and 9. This time allocation is reviewed on an annual basis. KS3 students have the opportunity of learning:

  • E-safety
  • Hardware and Software
  • How to control systems using Flowol software
  • How to create a website using HTML
  • How to create computer games using Scratch
  • How to sequence using MS Logo

Students also have the opportunity of applying to be a Computing Ambassador and the department also runs extra-curricular sessions, which are open to all students, to allow them to develop their computing skills, such as using Python, Raspberry Pi etc. There is also a Tech Team linked to the department which gives students the opportunities to be involved in the purchase and evaluation of new technology here at CHHS.

At GCSE we follow the AQA GCSE in Information and Communication Technology (full course) and have a good track record. From September 2014, as a result of the changes to the curriculum, GCSE in Computer Science has been taught at KS4. GCE Computing has been taught at KS5 since September 2015.

We welcome trainee teachers; the department has assisted with the training and development of trainees both as Subject and Professional Mentors for several years. We work closely with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University and as a school have been involved in School Direct since 2012 – when the scheme first started.

How to Apply

Please apply via the UCAS website>

UCAS code: 266D

Entry Requirements

Computer Science, Information Technology
You should be a graduate with a 2:2 or above honours degree.

Degree should have at least 50% in a subject related to computer science or information technology. In exceptional cases, an unrelated degree may be acceptable if there is extensive employment in the computer science or computing industries. Candidates with experience in business and industry, particularly where this work has enhanced your knowledge, skills and understanding in computing are welcome.

School Direct Subjects

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