Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower

Computing & ICT

Computing & ICT

Key Staff

  • Mr G O'Hare (HOD
  • BTEC QN)
  • Miss R McHugh
  • Mr S Bew (Technician)

Effective ICT & Computing teaching provides pupils with the tools to take control of their learning: they can engage with technology effectively and can work both independently and with others.

Our Main Aims

  1. To provide pupils with ICT & Computing skills which can be utilised holistically across the curriculum and enable them to be more actively engaged in learning.
  2. To provide a stimulating and challenging ICT learning environment which pupils can relate to the world outside the classroom.
  3. To make use of current Information Communication Technologies.
  4. To provide a number of pathways onto further education courses in ICT, Computing, Computer Science and multimedia.
  5. To keep pupils informed about career possibilities, at home in Northern Ireland.  The recent market trends has its biggest ever growth in STEM and IT based subjects. By the time our pupils reach maturity the jobs they may go into may not even exist today. It is our objective to help equip them for the digital world of the information age.

The following ICT skills are taught in discrete ICT classes in Year’s 8, 9 & 10 so that they may be implemented holistically through all subjects across the KS3 curriculum:

  • Using the Internet search engines and browsers properly
  • How to use e-mail and communicate effectively
  • How to efficiently use operating systems, and Microsoft Office Applications including modelling and charts in Excel and data handling in Access.
  • Making Websites - HTML programming & later Dreamweaver Website Management
  • Introduction to computer graphics and image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop or Photopea
  • Sound recording and editing with Audacity
  • Editing your own movies with Movie Maker
  • Building confidence in presenting by employing Microsoft PowerPoint properly
  • Create your own games with Kodu
  • Preparing to code with Scratch and BBC Micro Bits
  • Preparing for Computer Science with Python Programming

It is our philosophy that we start to build GCSE Computing theory and coding content into KS3 from the beginning of year 8 in a fun and challenging manner.  We build on this as learner progress to year 9 & 10.  We believe that every learner should be equipped with good content knowledge by the time they make their GCSE in choices in year 10.  We now have 2 lessons weekly in ICT in year 8 and year 9.  At present we still have 1 lesson in year 10.

Please note that during COVID-19 we will be using CS Unplugged lessons, computing without computers and blended learning strategies. 


CCEA GCSE Digital Technology (Programming Route)

For the past few years we have been successfully running the OCR (9-1) Computer Science course.  We had a fresh look at our local Northern Ireland curriculum and in 2019/20 we restarted the CCEA Digital Technology programming route as our Computer Science option.

For more information see: https://ccea.org.uk/key-stage-4/gcse/subjects/gcse-digital-technology-2017

This is a two year course which is diverse in the units structure. 

Unit 1 is ICT /CS theory based with a 1-hour exam at the end of year 11 worth 30%. 

Unit 4 is about programming, paradigms, algorithms and pseudocode, it is a 1½-hour exam assessed at the end of year 12 worth 40%. 

Unit 5 is a controlled assessment completed over 36 hours based on a case study brief, provided by CCEA.  The task is planning, design and implementation of a software solution, in Python, for a problem proposed in the case study.  The project is worth 30%.

We strongly recommend that you purchase the “Learning to Program in Python” book by P.M. Heathcote published by PG Online for units 4 & 5. https://www.pgonline.co.uk/resources/computer-science/gcse-aqa/learning-to-program-in-python/

Course Structure





Unit 1:

Digital Technology

External written examination 1 hour


Completed in Year 11

Unit 4:

Digital Development Concepts

External written examination 1 hour 30mins


Completed in Year 12

Unit 5:

Digital Development Practice

Controlled Assessment


Started in Year 11 completed in Year 12

OCN-NI Level 2 Award in Information Technology Applications

In order to achieve the OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Information Technology Applications learners must complete a total of 15 credits from any of the units chosen by the department.

This is a vocational course, which means there is no exam at the end.  The course is 100% coursework based and learners are expected to meet tight deadlines in order to progress and achieve in each unit.

The OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Information Technology Applications has been approved by the Department of Education and added to the NIEFQAN file, a statutory list of courses accepted by the EA.

This qualification works on a PASS/FAIL bases only.  A Pass grade will be awarded points which equates to a Grade B at GCSE.

Whilst this qualification can be counted as part of a school’s performance measure, entry to a level 3 computing course at WCB will have an enhanced prerequisite of a Pass in this course and a grade B in both English language and Maths at GCSE.

Course Structure


Reference Number


Unit Code

Unit Title







CBD393 Websites Software 100% Coursework, create a website using HTML, CSS & Dreamweaver and complete a booklet of evidence, including planning and testing your website.  All evidence must be detailed and complete 4


CBD373 Database Software 100% Coursework, create and alter a number of databases.  You will be using MS Access and Excel software.  You will be creating tables, validating fields and datatypes interrogating databases and creating reports.  Testing is also important.  All evidence must be detailed and complete. 4


CBD379 Imaging Software Tools 100% Coursework, learn to use create and manipulate digital images on Photoshop and Photopea software.  As always you must complete a booklet of evidence, including planning and testing your website.  All evidence must be detailed and complete. 4


CBD376 Email Software Skills Learn professional software skills for the purposes of business communication.  As we are all communicating online, email is the standard professional communication tool for business.  You will learn new techniques, standards and tools that you may not have known exists.  As always you will complete a booklet of detailed evidence. 3


The ICT Department reserve the right to alter these units to better suit the learners of a year group or alter the order of delivery.

Pearson/Edexcel BTEC - Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (QCF)

Who is this course for?

  • Any pupil who is interested in following a career in computer programming, web design or other areas of creative media such as games design or app design.
  • It may also be used as a method of obtaining UCAS points to enter other 3rd level courses.


What do I need to get onto this course?

  • Enough GCSE points to enter Year 13 
  • Ideally a GCSE in ICT Grade B or above
  • Experience of using a range of software 
  • Be creative – many of the projects require the pupil to come up with a range of ideas 
  • Have good writing skills: each unit has a substantial written element/report 
  • An interest in the IT industry 
  • Be a good manager of your work time as you will have tight deadlines, continuous assessment for 2 years, as this course is 100% coursework.

This subsidiary diploma qualification is equivalent to one GCE A Levels and is 100% coursework, made up of 6 units.  Please note: Scoring in BTEC is Distinction (A), Merit (C), Pass (E).  Several Distinctions will equate to Distinction* = A*.  See UCAS Tariff Generator below.

Unit No.

Unit name

Credit points



Communication and

Employability Skills for IT (Mandatory)


Written unit completed alongside a practical unit


Computer Systems (Mandatory)


Written unit


Interactive Media Authoring*


Written/research unit


Website Production*


Written unit completed alongside a practical unit


Procedural Programming*


Written unit completed alongside a practical unit


Event Driven Programming*


Written unit


60    Points

*Units marked are subject to change.  The above Units are correct as seen for the first Cohort to do this course completing in May 2018.


BTEC Tariff Calculator for UCAS can be found here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Grades (Single award equivalent to one A ‘Level)

BTEC Grade


A’ Level Equivalent

A ‘Level UCAS Tariff

Distinction *

56 Points


56 Points


48 Points


48 Points




40 Points


32 Points


32 Points




24 Points


16 Points


16 Points


Computing & ICT Department BTEC News:

After two superbly successful years of offering Double award, Diploma, BTEC IT, as of Sept 2020, the ICT Dept. can now only offer the single award Subsidiary Diploma for the next two years.

Congratulations to all our learners this year, delighted to see most of you are off to do Computing at Queens.  Both Miss Mc Hugh and I wish you luck!  Mr O’Hare.


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