Faculty of Computing and Business
Mr J Brehony - Head of Faculty
Mrs K McGloin
Mrs S Pitcher
Mr G Jones
We are a team of specialist teachers dedicated to inspiring the new generation of computer developers through an innovative, dynamic curriculum that reflects and reacts to the ever changing Digital World
Our aims are:
- to teach a curriculum that introduces our pupils to the skills and ideas required to be a responsible user of current and emerging technologies.
- to nurture the reflective skills and confidence needed to be an expert ICT user
- to develop a working ethic that instinctively considers online and offline safety in all aspects of ICT use
KS3 Curriculum 2017-2018
The KS3 Computing Curriculum covers the following 5 strands:
- Digital Literacy
- Technology in The World
- Technical Understanding
- Safety, Security and the Law.
In all years, pupils complete an e-Safety module to ensure they are responsible ICT users, who are aware of the measures they can take to safeguard themselves both on and offline.
In Year 7 Pupils complete 5 units that develop a variety of software skills including; computer game making, modelling, presenting information, analysing data and sequencing.
In Year 8 Pupils complete 5 units that build on the skills they have developed in Year 7, and introduce them to new skills, particularly focused on computer programming and creative media. Yr 8 Computing Curriculum
KS4 Curriculum 2017-2018
All pupils in Year 9 are given the opportunity to complete a Cambridge National qualification in Creative iMedia Level 1/2 that is the equivalent of a GCSE grade. This course encompasses all the knowledge and understanding developed during Year 7 and 8, and transfers those skills to task based creative work.
Assessment: Pupils must complete 4 Units of work, two compulsory and two optional (selected from a list provided by the exam board). One of the compulsory units is assessed through a written examination (1 hour 15 mins) which is set and marked by the exam board. The remaining 3 Units are internally assessed and externally moderated.
Year 10 and Year 11
In Year 10 pupils who have opted for Computing will follow the OCR GCSE in Computer Science.
This course comprises of three units that must all be completed successfully.
- Computer systems
- Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
- Programming Project (The Programming Project does not count towards a candidate’s final grade, but is a requirement of the course)
Assessment: Two written examinations each worth 50% of the GCSE.
In Year 11 pupils will complete the OCR GCSE in ICT. This course has four assessed units that must all be completed successfully:
- ICT in today’s world
- Practical applications in ICT
- ICT in context
- Creative use of ICT
Assessment: Two written examinations each worth 20% of the GCSE and two controlled assessments each worth 30% of the GCSE.