GCSE option at KS4
Computer Science at GCSE level was great. I enjoyed every element of it. From learning how to plan/design computer software with computational thinking and algorithmic processes, to learning about the hardware and software the subject entails - every aspect was enjoyed.
I joined the subject with years of computing under my belt, and already knowing the basics of the Python 2 standard library. When I left the subject, two years later - my passion for the subject didn't die. I hope to one day achieve a degree in the subject.
Key skills/learnings: Data representation, Computer Networking, Cyber Security Principles, Algorithm Principles, Programming, (Ethical, Legal and Social) impacts/problems, Software Development aspects, Basic Computer Science Theory (Software/Hardware/IO), much more...
GCSE/BTEC (Level 2), A-Level/BTEC (Level 3) option at KS4 and KS5
Creative Media Digital Production
KS4 - When I did Media in Key Stage 4, there was a lot more theory than there is now. However, Media has its misconceptions, and it isn't all just the study of camera/film theory. The subject was heavily practical and reliant on computer fluency and heavy software use.
In KS4, we learned how to use Photoshop, GameMaker and Publisher. We planned, designed, and created a video game, all the while learning about the theory of the sector. In this subject I learned Photoshop skills and knowledge of the GameMaker Programming Language (GML).
KS5 - A-Level/Level 3 Media Gaming, whilst following the same sector, is a whole-new kettle of fish, and is much harder than KS4. Software becomes more advanced, and the software we previously learned to use is looked at with an entirely new eye.
Key skills/learnings: GameMaker, Photoshop, MS Publisher, Camera Techniques, Media Theory, Game Development Theory, UDK Development, Texturing/Material Design Techniques, 3D Modeling in 3dsMAX, much more...