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ICT & Computer Science

KS3

At Key Stage the students follow schemes of work introducing them to the basics of computational thinking, using applications for modelling, data handling, presentation and design, as well as some simple programming, using Scratch and Python.

KS4

WJEC Computer Science GCSE

This course provides students with a stimulating and motivating study of computer science fit for the 21st century. As well as an understanding of hardware, software, networks and systems, it provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their programming and problem solving skills, skills that are assessed through external assessment in unit two.

The depth of coverage means that it provides a solid foundation for either the study of A level Computing or employment.

Unit 1 Understanding Computer Science

This examination assesses the students’ understanding of the theory content of the specification with a mixture of short, medium and longer answer questions.

(1 hour 30 mins written examination, 45% of qualification.)

Unit 2 Solving Problems Using Computers

This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on screen.

(Externally assessed, 30% of the qualification.)

Unit 3 Developing Computing Solutions 

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.

(Controlled Assessment over 15 hours, 25% of the qualification.)

KS5

Computer Science GCE AS/A

In Year 12, for the WJEC Computer Science qualification at AS Level (from 2015), students study the following Units:

AS Unit 1 Fundamentals of Computer Science

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, data structures, software applications, programs, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Written examination: 2 hours 25% of qualification (62.5% of AS)

AS Unit 2 Practical Programming to Solve Problems

This unit consists of a series of set tasks completed on-screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding and will require the use of Visual Basic.NET, Python or Java as a programming language.

On-screen examination: 2 hours 15% of qualification (37.5% of AS)

In Year 13, for the WJEC Computer Science qualification at A2 Level (from 2015), students study the following Units:

A2 Unit 3 Programming and System Development

This unit investigates programs, data structures, algorithms, logic, programming methodologies and the impact of computer science on society.

Students work towards a written examination: 2 hours (20% of qualification)

A2 Unit 4 Computer Architecture, Data, Communication and Applications

This unit investigates computer architecture, communication, data representation, organisation and structure of data, programs, algorithms and software applications.

Written examination: 2 hours (20% of the A Level qualification)

A2 Unit 5 Programmed Solution to a Problem

Candidates discuss, investigate, design, prototype, refine and implement, test and evaluate a computerised solution to a problem chosen by the candidate which must be solved using original code (programming). This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time.

Non-exam assessment (20% of qualification)