Computer Science and ICT

Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 are studying an introductory course looking at the fundamental principles of ICT, enhancing this knowledge with an introduction to various programming techniques using micro bits. They will also cover key topics such as spreadsheets, word processing and e-Safety. In Year 8, the focus is programming and computational thinking, to prepare students for further study at GCSE and beyond.

Key Stage 4

GCSE ComputingOCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1)
The course is 20% None Exam Assessment (NEA – Programming Project) and 80% written examination.

There are two written examinations. One exam focusses on computer systems, the other focuses on computational thinking, algorithms and problem solving. Both exams are 1 hour 30 minutes in length.

Results 2016
46% A*-A
81% A*-C
60% A*-C is the National Average

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OCR GCSE Computer Science

BTEC ICT – Pearson BTEC First Award
This course offers a hybrid of practical application through creative mediums such as video as well as more traditional ICT and spreadsheet development. Furthermore, the on-screen test provides a theory element to the course where students can learn about how ICT is changing the way in which we live which is current and up-to-date.
This is a brand new course being run for the first time from September 2016 in replacement of GCSE ICT after the government announcement that GCSE ICT would not be reformed.

  • Unit 1 – 1 hour on screen written test – External Assessment (25%)
  • Unit 2 – Internal Assessment – Coursework (25%)
  • Unit 7 – Internal Assessment – Coursework (25%)
  • Unit 9 – Internal Assessment – Coursework (25%)

Results – No results yet published, due to first year of course running.

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Key Stage 5

A Level ICT
This course develops the theoretical concepts of a wide range of hardware, software and communication technologies, looking at the wider scope and sequence of the use of such technologies. Students at A2 level will complete a project involving the production of a complete ICT system.

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Results 2016

A – B 30%
A – C 59%
A – C 46% is the National Average
A – B 50%
A – C 100%
A – C 54% is the National Average

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AS/A2 Level

AS/A Level Computer Science

AS Level
The AS level is 100% examination, with two 1 hour 15 minute papers being sat at the end of the first year.

  • Paper 1 – Computer Systems – Focuses on characteristics of processors, software development, exchanging data and data structures.
  • Paper 2 – Algorithms and programming – focuses on problem solving and programming, algorithms and computational thinking

A Level (First Year Running)
For the new specification A levels, should a student continue onto A2 the exams they sit at AS will not count towards their final grade. The A2 level has two 2 hour 30 minute papers worth 80% of the course and a non-exam assessment Programming Project worth 20% of the final grade.
The two exam papers follow the same principles as the AS course but in greater depth.
Programming Project – students will have to analysis, design and develop a solution to a problem. They will be programming in to do this.

A – B 36%
A – C 64%
A – C 41% is the National Average

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AS Level Computer Science

A Level Computer Science

T Kirkpatrick – Head of Department
A Stead – Second in Department
C Morgan – Computer Science & ICT Teacher
T Meldrum – Computer Science & ICT Teacher
A Lockwood – Computer Science & ICT Teacher