The Willink School

The Willink School

COMPUTING - Mr C. Price Head of department
Mr M. McCormack

Computing equips students for the digital world. Technology is all around us, and it is important to understand how it works, and the way it impacts on society. Skills gained include problem solving, logical thinking, and developing digital literacy.

A Code Club runs on Wednesday lunchtimes in B1, for Year 7 students.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9
PDF icon Milestone assessment 2017-2018

The following links provide useful revision resources:

bbc.co.uk

Key Stage 4 - Computer Science. Exam Board: AQA

GCSE Computer Science. Following a consultation, Ofqual has decided to revise arrangements for the non-exam assessment part of the computer science GCSE. Yesterday, Ofqual announced that the non-exam assessment will not count to the final 9 to 1 grade for 2018 or 2019. It is, however, still an important part of the course and contributes to student learning and progress. The letter from Ofqual can be seen here.

In Year 10 students will study the following topics/units:

Term 1 – Data Representation; Hardware
Term 2 - Programming
Term 3 – Algorithms; Computer Systems
Term 4 - Programming
Term 5 – Networks; Cyber security
Term 6 - Programming

In Year 11 students will study the following topics/units:

Term 1 – Controlled Assessment
Term 2 – Controlled Assessment
Term 3 – Ethical, Legal and Environmental Impacts; Algorithms; Compression
Term 4 - Revision
Term 5 & 6 - Examinations 

The final grade is comprised of 20% coursework and 80% final examination (there are two exams).  

The following links provide useful revision resources:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty

https://computerscienceuk.com/gcse-9-1/6-a-day-revision/
Students will also be provided with a revision guide to help them, and a digital revision tracker.

A - Level Computer Science. Exam board: OCR

This is a practical and theoretical subject, looking at the natural world through a digital prism. Students develop computational thinking skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. They also enhance their knowledge of algorithms, data representation and logic, as well as considering the risks and opportunities posed by digital technology.

Students also develop an ability to analyse, critically evaluate and make decisions.

Computer Systems - Component 1
The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
Software and software development
Exchanging data
Data types, data structures and algorithms
Legal, moral,cultural and ethical issues 

Algorithms and programming - Component 2
Elements of computational thinking
Problem solving and programming
Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms  

Programming project - Component 3

Students choose a computing problem to work through, and analyse, design, develop and evaluate their solution.

The final grade is comprised of 20% coursework and 80% final examination (there are two examinations).