About the Faculty
Welcome to the Computing faculty webpage. We have 4 full time members of staff. We are a successful faculty, achieving good results across all year groups. We believe that Computing is a key subject for students in their future careers.
Our online teaching materials are online at www.belpercomputing.com
To find out what is delivered at each Key Stage, please click the title below:
Years 7 to 9 – Key Stage 3
In Computing, students are taught 2 periods per fortnight in Years 7 and 8, and 3 periods per fortnight in Year 9. Students are taught together in tutor groups for the duration of their time in Key Stage 3 Computing.
Since September 2014, we follow the new National Curriculum in Computing. The emphasis of the new curriculum is a move towards programming and problem solving. In Years 7 – 9 students learn to program using the programming language, Python, and how to solve problems using flowcharting based scenarios. Students also create websites using HTML and Dreamweaver. By the end of Year 9, the expected outcome is that students have the desired skill set to follow either the Computer Science syllabus at GCSE or the Level 2 ICT syllabus.
At KS3 we regularly assess students’ work. Work is marked and levelled in accordance with the school’s marking policy.
We are developing a new system using Google Classroom to set work for students which is completed and submitted online and marked by the classroom teacher with feedback comments and opportunities for further development.
Every half term students have a set list of key subject vocabulary to learn as part of the individual faculty spelling test.
As part of our on-going approach to enrichment opportunities, we offer a Computer Games club after school each week. We encourage students to develop their skills in programming and ICT by focussing on online tutorials and skills at home.
Years 10 to 11 – Key Stage 4 (course starting from September 2016)
The Eduqas GCSE in Computer Science comprises of three units: one examination paper, one on screen assessment and one controlled assessment.
Component 1: Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of the qualification
This component investigates hardware, logical operations, communication, data representation and data types, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering, program construction, security and data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.
Component 2: Computational Thinking and Programming
On-screen examination: 2 hours
30% of the qualification
This component investigates problem solving, algorithms and programming constructs, programming languages, data structures and data types and security and authentication.
Component 3: Software Development Non-exam assessment:
20% of qualification
This component requires learners to produce a programmed solution to a problem. They must analyse the problem, design a solution to the problem, develop a final programmed solution, test the solution and give suggestions for further development of the solution. Throughout the production of the solution learners are required to produce a refinement log that evidences the development of the solution.
Component 1 is assessed by a written examination; Component 2 is an on screen exam which is marked automatically by the computer. Component 3 is a Controlled Assessment, marked internally and assessed by an external moderator. Component 1 is worth 50% of the mark, Component 2 is worth 30% of the overall mark and Component 3 is worth 20% of the overall GCSE mark. This qualification is assessed at GCSE from grades 1 to 9.
Examination Board: Eduqas WJEC
Qualification Accreditation Number: 601/8291/X
Year 11 – Key Stage 4 (current Year 11 only)
At Key Stage 4 students must study a GCSE offered by the Computing faculty as part of the core subjects. Students will either study:
Students are preselected for either course based upon their target grade and teacher input grades throughout Year 9.
The Edexcel GCSE in Information & Communication Technology is an established and popular subject at Key Stage 4. Students following this qualification will have the opportunity to gain vital digital literacy skills which will be important to take into the world of work and further study.
This qualification has been completely revamped so recognises the use of digital devices, such as tables, smartphones and the ways people use these devices in their everyday lives.
The GCSE in ICT is made up of 2 mandatory units. Unit 1 is studied in Year 11 and Unit 2 in Year 10.
Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World
Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools
|Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World
|Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools
|This unit is a linear exam taken at the end of the course. Students are tested on the theoretical elements of the course. Topics covered include communication technologies, digital devices, shopping online and consumer rights.This unit contributes 40% towards the student’s final GCSE grade. The paper is out of 80 marks and is graded A* – G.||This unit is a controlled assessment which is completed by students in class time during the duration of Year 10. Throughout the controlled assessment students will be encouraged to develop their independence in solving problems and producing a solution that meets the given scenario.The controlled assessment is marked by the teacher and externally moderated. This unit contributes 60% towards the student’s final GCSE grade.|
Unit 1 is assessed by a written examination, Unit 2 by a controlled assessment marked by the student’s teacher and moderated in centre and finally by an external moderator.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Code: 2IT01
This course will give you a real in depth understanding of how computer technology works. It is expected that you will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technologies. However, this course will give you an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ including computer programming.
The Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science comprises of two units: one examination unit and one controlled assessment.
Component 1 – Principles of Computer Science (Examination Unit)
This unit covers a whole range of computing and computer based theory. The assessment of this unit takes the form of a written examination paper that is 2 hours long and is worth 75% of the final grade. This paper is taken at the end of Year 11.
Component 2 – Practical Investigation (Controlled Assessment)
This is a practical unit. Over the course of a year you will develop your skills as a computing student. Using this core of knowledge you will be given a scenario and be expected to produce a solution. This module will assess your research and technical understanding. The topic is set by the exam board and you are required to develop a solution using your programming skills. The controlled assessment contributes towards 25% of your final grade.
Unit 1 is assessed by a written examination, whilst Component 2 is a Controlled Assessment, marked internally and assessed by an external moderator. Component 1 is worth 75% of the mark and Component 2 is worth 25% of the overall GCSE mark. This qualification is assessed at GCSE from grades A* to G.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Course Code: 1CP0
Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form (courses starting from September 2016)
In Year 12 the AS course assessment is made up of 2 components. Both examinations worth 50% weighting.
- 01 – Computing Principles
- 02 – Algorithms and Problem Solving
In Year 13 the A2 course assessment is made up of 3 components. Two examinations at 80% weighting and Unit 03 is a 20% coursework project.
- 01 – Computer Systems
- 02 – Algorithms and Programming
- 03 – Programming Project
This course allows students to continue the subject in Post 16 from the popular course offered at GCSE. The Computer Science course is excellent for students looking to further advance their programming skills. You will be able to come up with your own solutions to problems.
Are you interested in ….
- Solving problems
- Logical thinking
- Producing apps/programs
- Using coding languages
…. then Computer Science could be the course for you.
Leading to a career in ….
This course opens up different fields in ….
- Computer Programming
- Software Development
- Network Engineering
- Web Development
- Database Administration
- Systems Analysis
Examination Board: OCR
Course Code: H046, H446
Year 13 – Sixth Form (current Year 13 only)
We currently offer an Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Information Technology, the Subsidiary Diploma is a single A-level equivalent course. The courses are vocational and are designed to allow students to either progress to University or take up employment in the IT and Computing industry. We have good results and students enjoy the course.
The 6 unit Subsidiary Diploma is a specialist work related qualification, ideal for students that wish to continue studying ICT in Sixth Form but want to study other subjects as well. The Subsidiary Diploma is roughly equivalent to a full A-Level.
Over the duration of the two years you will get an insight of what it is like to work in the Information Technology sector and pick up real life transferable skills for moving into Higher Education, an Apprenticeship or the world of work.
The main and only assessment method for this course is coursework. Each of the units is marked internally and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
This course has a proven track record of success. Students who have studied the Diploma have successfully gained employment as a result of studying a BTEC Level 3 in IT, with a large percentage continuing with the subject or related areas of the subject at University.
Y12 Assessment: 100% Coursework — 3 units
Y13 Assessment: 100% Coursework — 3 units