Computing & ICT
Key Stage 3
Students in key stage 3 are introduced to a variety of programming languages including bash and python scripting, and Java. All lessons and homework are delivered via are Moodle virtual learning environment.
Key Stage 4
Students have the choice of taking the Eduqas GCSE Computer Science course. This course runs from year 9 to year 11 and consists of three areas:
Written Exam: 50%
This covers computer science theory including the following topics:
Hardware, organisation and structure of data, operating systems, principles of programming, software engineering.
Practical Exam: 30%
The practical exam covers HTML, pseudocode elements, and Java coding usign the Greenfoot IDE.
Controlled Assessment: 20%
The controlled assessment is carried out over a 20 hour time period from a brief that is set by the exam board each year.
Students design, create a solution to the problem in python, test, and evaluate their solution.
We teach the Eduqas A Level Computer Science. This is a two-year course assessed in the following way:
Programming and System Development (40% of qualification) This component investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.
Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications (40% of qualification) This component investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.
Programmed solution to a problem – non-examined assessment (20% of qualification) Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming).
Computer science integrates well with most subjects across the curriculum. It demands both logical discipline and imaginative creativity in the selection and design of algorithms and the writing, testing and debugging of programs; it relies on an understanding of the rules of language at a fundamental level; it encourages an awareness of the management and organisation of computer systems; it extends the learners’ horizons beyond the school or college environment in the appreciation of the effects of computer science on society and individuals.
In order to take A Level Computer Science students will need at least a 6 in GCSE Computing, and preferably also at least a 6 in GCSE Mathematics.