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Subject Leader: Miss J Sanford

Key Stage 4

Computer Science GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Course Overview

Pupils will study two papers. Computer Science recognises the well-established methodologies of computing, alongside technological advances. Pupils will use Python 3.0 programming language for the non-examination assessment. Students will complete this course equipped with the logical and computational skills necessary to succeed at A Level, the workplace or beyond.

  • Paper 1 - Computational thinking and problem solving. Written exam set in practically based scenarios. 1 hour 30 minutes. 80 marks. 50% of GCSE
  • Paper 2 - Theoretical knowledge. Written exam. 1 hour 30 minutes. 80 marks. 50% of GCSE.


Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

This is a two year course designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

Assessment: 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

  • Unit 1: Information Technology Systems. Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. Written examination set and marked by Pearson. 90 marks. Two hours.
  • Unit 2: Creating Systems to Manage Information. Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. The supervised assessment period is ten hours arranged over a number of sessions in a week assessment period timetabled by Pearson. Completed using a computer and submitted electronically. 66 marks.
  • Unit 3: Using Social Media in Business. Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
  • Unit 6: Website Development. Learners investigate website development principles. They will design and develop a website using scripting languages.


Curriculum Content

Key Stage 3 - Year 7:

Term 1: Computational thinking
Term 2: Hardware
Term 3: Programming with Python Turtle
Term 4: Binary numbers
Term 5: Internet Safety and Phishing
Term 6: Interactive story

Key Stage 3 - Year 8:

Term 1: Algorithms
Term 2: Software and peripherals
Term 3: Programming with Python Idle
Term 4: Binary images and sound
Term 5: Cyber Security
Term 6: Website story using HTML


Useful Website Links:

Teach ICT
Revise ICT
BBC Revision


OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • GCSE Computer Science OSL every Thursday in D28
  • Study support and catch up session available before school, breaks and afterschool. Pupils can arrange suitable times with Miss Sanford or Miss March.
  • BOOM Club - a calm room for years 7,8,9 and 10 every break and lunchtime to use computers or take part in a variety of activites. Years 7 and 8 in D28, Years 9 and 10 in D21.
  • After School Games Club - A variety of games consoles, PC games and board games available. Every Wednesday in D28.