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

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 CompuCOMP_KS3_1ter Science syllabus at GCSE or the Level 2 ICT syllabus.

Year 7 – students in Year 7 complete the first unit on Internet and E-Safety.  They also look at spreadsheets in a unit based around a Ski School.  Towards the end of Year 7 they will get the opportunity to program in class using the BBC Microbit and finally look at Computer Graphics.


Year 8 – students create an integrated project for a Theme Park and present what they have done in a portfolio.  Students are also introduced to programming elements using Snap and TouchDevelop software.  In the final term students look at Computing theory with topics such as Binary, Storage and Binary Logic.


Year 9 – students do further programming work using the Python coding language, using this language and program they will create a quiz game.  Throughout the year, we will look at creating websites, using spreadsheet and database software and looking at the impact of computers on individuals and society.  The purpose of Year 9 is to prepare students for Key Stage 4 Computing qualifications.

Assessment Opportunities

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.


Enrichment Opportunites

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 qualificationks4_computing_2

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 hours

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.

Assessment Structure

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.

GCSE Information & Communication Technology

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
(Mandatory) 5IT01
Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools
(Mandatory) 5IT02
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.

Assessment Structure
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


GCSE Computer Science

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.

Assessment Structure

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)

Computer Science


Assessment Information

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 ….IT 3

  • 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.




BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Information Technology

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.

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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.

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Assessment Methods

Y12 Assessment: 100% Coursework    —     3 units
Y13 Assessment: 100% Coursework    —     3 units