Computer Science

Faculty Leader: Mr S King

Subject Leader: Mrs H Legomski

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

What will students study?

During Key Stage 3 students develop their understanding of using computing for communication, data handling, modelling and programming. They will become increasingly independent users of technology and develop their ability to judge when and how to use it to fulfil their current and potential needs.

The students will gain an understanding of how computers work and will appreciate the impact they have on society. The teaching resources used will allow the students to prepare them for a smooth transition when starting their Key Stage 4 Computing studies.

Madeley School is very well equipped with 21st century computing and ICT resources. The computers are all networked with wireless broadband Internet access. Students experience a wide variety of high quality subject specific software, Apps and Internet based resources to extend and enhance their teaching and learning. Many departments in school have their own ICT resource areas and interactive whiteboards.

The Computing and Business Studies Department have two specialist ICT suites with enough computers for each pupil in a Key Stage 3 group. Every pupil has their own network User Identity giving them access to their own private areas on the network for the storage of work. Students are able to access homework, resources and webmail from home through the school’s website.

How are students assessed?

Students are assessed through class tasks and regular topic check assessments.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Computer Science

Teachers in Charge: MR C Levey, MrS H Legomski

What course do students follow?

AQA GCSE Computer Science

Specification code: 8520

What will students study?

The subject content for the GCSE will be as follows:

  1. Fundamentals of algorithms
  2. Programming
  3. Fundamentals of data representation
  4. Computer systems
  5. Fundamentals of computer networks
  6. Fundamentals of cyber security
  7. Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy
  8. Aspects of software development
  9. Non-exam assessment

Details of Non Exam Assessment

The non-exam assessment (NEA) assesses a pupil's ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving and show an understanding in aspects of software development. They will produce a report detailing 20 hours of work, which will contribute to 20% of the GCSE. This will be submitted at the end of year 11.

Details of Examination

The students will sit two exams at the end of year 11 each will contribute 40% towards the GCSE.

Paper 1 will assess the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science including algorithms, programming, data representation and computer systems.

Paper 2 will assess the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of data representation, computer systems, computer networks, cyber security, ethical, legal and environmental impacts of technology on wider society including issues of privacy and aspects of software development.

Where can I find more information?

More information about the course can be found using the link below. 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/computer-science-8520

Assessment Resources

Specimen paper questions can be found using the link below.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/computer-science-and-it/gcse/computer-science-8520/assessment-resources

Careers information

Careers information can be found using the link below.

https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/877/what-is-computer-science-computing-jobs

https://successatschool.org/careerzonesummary/28/IT-The-Internet

https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors/it-and-technology

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/information-technology-and-information-management