John Willmott School

Computer Science & IT

Computing

Computing, a key life skill is integrated into all aspects of school life

  • Students are taught Computing in dedicated specialist led lessons
  • Additionally, Computing is tightly integrated across the school curriculum with students being given opportunities to use technology in many other subjects
  • New computers installed September 2013 allow full access to new technologies

Safe Internet and e-mail

  • Access is provided to all students whilst in school to conduct research and complete tasks (following parental consent.)

Intranet access

  • All Computing schemes of work and reference materials are made available to students whilst in school to enable them to see work they will be covering and expected to complete.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

  • Access to student files and online resources (including schemes of work) will be available through our VLE. 

Mandatory curriculum provision for Computing

  • Years 7, 8 and 9 – 2 hours per fortnight following new guidelines for Computing and ICT curriculum
  • Schemes of work allow students to develop their knowledge of how and why Computing is used
  • All students are continually assessed throughout each year and set based on ability from October in Year 7

GCSE Computer Science

The GCSE Computer Science?

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly and becoming an increasingly popular subject choice and is one of the subjects that make up the EBacc.

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way technology is consumed has also been changing at a face pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.  For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals.  This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries where this GCSE has been designed to take this in mind.

What topics areas will get covered in the Computer Science GCSE?

The Computer Science GCSE will allow students to carry out a wide range of different and engaging topic areas and provide the students the opportunity to create applications that:

  • Run on mobile devices
  • Operate in a web enabled environment
  • Learn how to create simple computer games
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
  • Have opportunities to work collaboratively

The Computer GCSE science provides excellent preparation for students looking to take computer studies or IT at a higher level equipping them with necessary and essential skills and knowledge required.

Computer Science GCSE assessment?

The Computer Science GCSE is made up of three components

Component 1- Terminal Exam

  • 1 hour 30 Mins
  • 40 % of the total marks
  • Externally assessed – Written exam 
  • All questions will be compulsory and will be taken from the subject content covered during the course, this will be based on practical problem solving and computational thinking.

Component 2- Terminal Exam

  • 1 hour 30 Mins
  • 40 % of the total marks
  • Externally assessed – Written Exam
  • All questions will be compulsory and will be taken from the subject content covered during the course, this will be based on theoretical knowledge

Component 3- Practical Programming

  • 1 controlled assessment tasks taking 20 hours to complete
  • 20 % of the total marks
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated
  • The tasks will be set in an engaging and relevant contexts e.g. gaming, web/mobile phone application

Why Choose Computer Science?

Through taking this qualification student can develop;

  • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • An understanding of the organisation of computer systems
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of computing, including programming in a range context to solve problems
  • Have an understanding of the consequences of using computers, an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impacts on society.

Cambridge Nationals Level 2 ICT

The Level 2 ICT Qualification?

Using a computer effectively is now an essential skill – at home, at college, at university or at work. It can help you communicate more effectively and access information more easily, and a certified computer qualification makes you more attractive to employers.

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way technology is consumed has also been changing at a face pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees.  For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals.  The level 2 course is designed to cover this and creative strands for different pathways of IT in the real world.

What topics areas will get covered in the Qualification?

The Level 2 ICT qualification will allow students to carry out a wide range of different and engaging topic areas and provide the students the opportunity to cover topic areas including:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Multimedia and Graphics
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Creating systems to manage Information

Why Choose ICT?

Effective IT user skills help you unlock the potential of your computer and the programmes you use. You’ll discover new, faster ways to communicate, solve tasks and access information.

  • It is regarded by employers across the globe as a benchmark for IT competence and will improve your employment prospects
  • It allows you to prove your IT skills which can help you find a job or progress your career
  • It builds your confidence in using computers
  • It will improve your study skills by making you more efficient and productive
  • It’s designed for people of all ages and skill levels

Level 2 ICT Assessment

The Computer Science GCSE is made up of 4 components

Component 1- Written Exam

  • 1 hour
  • 25 % of the total marks
  • Externally assessed – Written exam 
  • All questions will be compulsory and will be taken from the subject content covered during the course, this will be based on Computer Systems

Component 2- Practical

  • Controlled assessment tasks taking 30 hours to complete
  • 25 % of the total marks
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated
  • The tasks will be set on using ICT to create business solutions

Component 3 /4- Practical

  • Controlled assessment tasks taking 30 hours each to complete
  • Each 25 % of the total marks
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated
  • The tasks will be set in an engaging and relevant contexts e.g. interactive products, dynamic products using sound and vision

The qualification is assessed using Distinction *, Distinction Level 2, Merit Level 2 and Pass Level 2, Distinction Level 1, Merit Level 1, and Pass Level 1

Cambridge Technical Diploma Level 3 (A level equivalent)

In the 21st Century IT is becoming as important as being able to read and write so no matter what career path you are going to choose, the Cambridge Technical in IT will offer you skills and experience that you can use in any walk of life.

Cambridge Technicals are aimed at young people aged 16 to 19 who have completed Key Stage 4 of their education and want to study in a more practical, work- related way.

These qualifications are particularly attractive because of their real-world relevance and close alignment with industrial practice – allowing you to achieve a real understanding of the subject that is a true fit with the needs of the workplace.

What to expect

For this new course there will be in total 11 units of work that will be assessed either internally or externally to give you your overall grade.

Year 12/13 will consist of the following:-

  • ‘Fundamentals of IT’-exam

Understand computer hardware & software, business IT systems, employability and communication skills used in an IT environment, understand ethical and operational issue and threats to computer systems

  • ‘Global information’ -exam

Understand where information is held globally an how it is transmitted, the styles, classification and the management of global information, the use of global information and the benefits to individuals and organisations,  the legal and regulatory framework governing the storage and use of global information, the process flow of information

  • ‘Cyber Security’ – exam

Understand Cyber Security, the issues surrounding cyber security, measures used to protect against incidents and how to manage incidents in Cyber Security.

We will then choose 8 Units that will be internally assessed from the following:

  • Unit 5 ‘Virtual and augmented reality’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 6 ‘Application Design’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 8 ‘Project management’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 9 ‘Product development’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 12 ‘Mobile Technology’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 13 ‘Social Media and Digital Marketing’ - internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 14 ‘Software engineering for business’ - internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 15 ‘Game design and prototyping’ - internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 16 ‘Developing a Smarter Planet’ - internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 17 ‘Internet of Everything’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 18 ‘Computer systems - hardware’- internally assessed coursework
  • Unit 21 ‘Web design and protyping’- internally assessed coursework

Career Prospects

Achievement of this qualification can support you to go on and study relevant IT degrees in a Higher Education institution such as, Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems, hardware engineer, web developer, computer programmer or systems analyst.

There are no formal entry requirements or requirement for any specific prior learning, although you will need a good level of literacy and numeracy skills.

Subject combinations

This qualification could be taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications such as Business, for those who seek a career in IT/Business. It can form part of a study program alongside an Applied General, A-level or EPQ. For example, if you were aiming to be a computer games/web developer then suggested subjects would be Art and design subjects to allow you to develop your artistic flair or if you were aiming to be a computer programmer or hardware engineer then subjects like Physics and Mathematics would be advisable.