Computing


About the Faculty

Welcome to the Computing faculty webpage. We have 3 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.

Computing Faculty Assessment And Marking Procedures

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 WebPlus X8. 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 tCOMP_KS3_1he 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 9students 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.

Every half term students have a set list of key subject vocabulary to learn as part of the individual faculty spelling test.

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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 focusing on online tutorials and skills at home.

Years 10 – Key Stage 4

The OCR GCSE in Computer Science comprises of three units: two examination papers and a practical programming project

Component 1: Written examination: 1 hour 30 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: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes                              ks4_computing_2

50% of the qualification

Component 3: Practical Programming Projects

20 timetabled hours

(Component 3 contributes no marks towards the learners qualification grade but students must complete it as part of the course requirements)

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 assessed by a written examination.  Component 3 is a programming project which needs to be completed by the candidate in class. Component 1 is worth 50% of the mark, and Component 2 is worth 50% of the overall mark.. This qualification is assessed at GCSE from grades 1 to 9.

Examination Board: OCR
Qualification Accreditation Number:

Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies

The Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies is for students who have opted in Year 9 to continue with their interest in following computing into Key Stage 4.

The Cambridge National Certificate is made up of two assessed components.

Unit R012 – Is an examination which is 1hr 45 minutes in length.  This covers all the theory which is studied throughout the course.  This is a written examination.

Unit R013 – Is a unit of assessment which is completed in school under a supervised period of 20 hours.  Students will complete a project which is based around a pre-release material.

Assessment Structure

Unit R012 is a written examination which contributes 50% towards the students overall final mark.  The remaining 50% mark comes from Unit R013 which is completed within class under supervision. The qualification is graded from Level 2 Distinction, right down to Level 1 Pass.

Examination Board: OCR

Qualification Accreditation Number: 603/1311/0

 

 

 

Year 11 – Key Stage 4

 

CIDA (Certificate in Digital Applications)

Students who opt to study Level 2 ICT in Year 10 will study the CIDA course.  CIDA stands for Certificate in Digital Applications and is a Level 1/Level 2 course offered by Edexcel.

CIDA at Level 2 offers grades between A* – C.

CIDA at Level 1 offers grades between D – G

In Year 10 students will complete the first module of assessment.   This is a 2 hour 30 minute practical examination called DA201 – Developing Web Products.  Students will have to design, develop and test a website to meet a client’s need.  This assessment contributes 25% overall to the students final grade.

For the remainder of Year 10 and all of Year 11, students will complete DA202 – Creative Multimedia, which is a controlled assessment completed in lesson time.  This unit contributes 75% towards the students overall final grade.  In the Creative Multimedia unit, students will design, develop, implement and test multimedia products that they have created digitally.

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The OCR GCSE in Computer Science comprises of three units: two examination papers and a practical programming project

Component 1: Written examination: 1 hour 30 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: Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes                              ks4_computing_2

50% of the qualification

This component investigates the use of programming techniques, logical thinking and planning out and implement solutions to computer based problems.  Students will be expected to understand algorithms and other logical based problem solving solutions.

Component 3: Practical Programming Projects

20 timetabled hours

(Component 3 contributes no marks towards the learners qualification grade but students must complete it as part of the course requirements)

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 assessed by a written examination.  Component 3 is a programming project which needs to be completed by the candidate in class. Component 1 is worth 50% of the mark, and Component 2 is worth 50% of the overall mark.. This qualification is assessed at GCSE from grades 1 to 9.

Examination Board: OCR

 

 

Years 12 to 13 – Sixth Form (courses starting from September 2018)

Year 12 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Computing

From September 2018, we will be introducing a new qualification into Year 12.  We will be complementing the popular BTEC National in IT with its sister qualification BTEC National in Computing

In Year 12, students will complete the following 2 assessed units

Unit 2 – Fundamentals of Computer Science

This is an examined unit which focuses on the principles of coding and logical thinking when designing, implementing and testing software and code.  The exam is taken in June.

Unit 7 – IT Security Systems and Encryption

This is a coursework unit.  In this unit you will look at the security issues to do with the ways that individuals and businesses operate online.

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Year 13 A2 Computer Science

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.

Examination Board: OCR

Course Code: H446

 

Year 12 and Year 13 ICT

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology

In Year 12, students will complete 2 assessed projects towards this qualification:

Unit 3 – Using Social Media in Business – is a 90GLH assignment completed in school in which students will complete a project looking at how businesses use social media to help in marketing, advertising and communicating to customers at society at large.

Unit 2 – Creating Systems to Manage Information – is a 90GLH unit looking at primarily how businesses use database and spreadsheet software to manage information.  This unit will be assessed by a 10 hour controlled exam during the exam window in May.

In Year 13, students will complete 2 assessed projects towards this qualification:

Unit 1 – Information Technology Systems – is a 120GLH unit looking primarily at how computers impact on users day to day lives.  It looks at issues relating to employment, security, opportunities all relating to how we use computers and digital devices. This unit will be assessed by a 2 hour written examination taken during the exam window in either January or June.

Unit 6 – Website Development – is a 60GLH unit which introduces students to the role of website development within the world of work.  Students will investigate websites and opportunities to develop and improve existing sites. They will have an opportunity to use industry standard website development software to produce a practical solution.