Computing and IT

The computer rooms are each fitted with state of the art facilities including Interactive Whiteboards and some rooms with Visualisers. Furthermore all rooms have networked PCs and printers. These facilities are accessible to pupils both within lessons and after school to assist with independent learning and homework.

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 7 & 8 receive one 60 minute lesson a week with homework once every two weeks, as is the policy at Hollingworth. Pupils are taught in banded groups with class sizes of 24 or below. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Pupils receive between five and six National Curriculum assessments a year.

Key Stage 4

Most pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 receive two one hour lessons a week with homework set once every two weeks. The three year GCSE/vocational courses are GCSE Computing (Computer Science), GCSE IT and Cambridge Nationals, all with the OCR examination board. The GCSE courses comprise 40% examination and 60% Controlled Assessment. The Cambridge Nationals course has four units of study, including an exam component, for which the scores are amalgamated to give an overall grade.

Pupils are taught in set groups and progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedures. Pupils complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in the form of extended writing activities in class, as well as mock and real examinations.

Pupils studying AS ICT have five lessons each week and study the course from the OCR examinations board (60% theory examination and 40% practical exam). Pupils of appropriate ability will have chosen to take this subject and their progress is tracked and monitored using agreed procedures.

GCSE Courses for IT and Computing

Subject Key Stage 4
Computing OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)

Vocational Courses

Subject Key Stage 4
IT Pearson BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology (BYVG8)

Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum Plan

Extended Curriculum

After School Clubs

There is a Year 8 Kodu Programming Club designed for learning and enhancing programming skills.

In light of changes to Key Stage 4, the curriculum for Year 9 IT is under review 2019-20.

Revision/Catch-up Sessions

AS and GCSE revision classes are run at appropriate times, often in the run up to examinations.

Coursework catch-up sessions for vocational courses are run regularly through the year.