Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower



Key Staff

  • Mr G O'Hare (HOD
  • BTEC QN)
  • Mr S Lyttle (HOD
  • KS3)
  • Mr S Bew (Technician)

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

Our Main Aims

  1. To provide pupils with ICT 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, Computer Science and multimedia.
  5. To keep pupils informed about career possibilities. The Northern Ireland market has a growth industry in STEM and IT. 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.

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 the school c2k e-mail system
  • How to use Microsoft Office Applications effectively 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
  • Sound recording and editing with Audacity
  • Create your own movies with Movie Maker
  • Using 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
  • Telling stories with Microsoft Photo Story
  • In Year 10 we look towards Skill Building and Theory for GCSE


Our year 12’s 2017/18 follow the CCEA Revised Full Course in GCSE ICT.  This will be the last year group following this specification as it ends in summer 2018.

For more information see: http://ccea.org.uk/ict/

This is a popular two year course which our Year 12 pupils choose in Year 11 as one of their GCSE’s.

It is a well-structured and interesting course: as a result pupils achieve excellent exam results. 
In 2017 the GCSE ICT NIGSA at A*- C = 93.2% and WCB ICT Dept. = 100%.

Course Structure





Unit 1:

Tools and Applications

3 Controlled Assessments:


Completed in Year 11

Unit 2:

Using Multimedia and Games Technology

2 Controlled Assessments:
Multimedia Website
Interactive Game


Completed in Year 11/12

Unit 3:
Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World

CCEA External Exam

(2 hours)


Course content studied over 2 years

Exam taken at end
of Year 12.
2018  exam date Thursday 17th May 1.30-3.30


The ICT Department have decided to pursue two pathways at GCSE.  One class follows a traditional ICT route and the second class follows the more academic Computer Science route.  When this year’s groups, 2017/18 finish GCSE ICT/ Computer Science, both routes for ICT & Computer Science will also be available at A ‘Level for first teaching in September 2019.


First teaching in Year 11 – Sept 2017
OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT (Level 2 - Certificate) J810

This is a popular hands on course with 4 units.  Unit R001 & R002 are mandatory, the other two are chosen by the department under the requirements of the exam board.

Course Structure




Unit R001: Understanding computer systems

 On completion of this unit, learners will have gained the knowledge and understanding to use computers more effectively in a variety of different contexts including home, school and the workplace with regard for their own personal & Company data security.

Written paper

OCR set and marked

1 hour – 60 marks (60 UMS)

Learners answer all questions First year Completed in Year 12
Post Summer 2018 Completed in Year 11

Unit R002: Using ICT to create business solutions

On completion of this unit learners will have extended their capability in the use of applications software.

This is a 100% Coursework unit.  It is Internally assessed and moderated before being sent away for external assessment.

Business Information Strand

Unit R004: Handling data using databases


On completion of this unit learners will be able to modify an existing database and produce a relational database. They will also be able to create queries to interrogate a database and find specific records and produce reports based on the results of these queries and create a user interface for the database.

This is a 100% Coursework unit.  It is Internally assessed and moderated before being sent away for external assessment.

Creative Strand

Unit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components


On completion of this unit learners will be able to show how the interactive product meets both the user needs and extends their capability within the use of applications software such as website development.

This is a 100% Coursework unit.  It is Internally assessed and moderated before being sent away for external assessment.

First teaching in Year 11 – Sept 2017
GCSE Computer Science – OCR (9-1) J276

GCSE in Computer Science is academic, engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Course Structure




Computer systems (01)

Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Written paper

OCR set and marked

1.5  hour – 50%

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (02)*

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the Programming Project.

Written paper

OCR set and marked

1.5  hour – 50%


Programming Project
(Python 3 is used at WCB)

Students use OCR Programming Project tasks to develop their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. They will have the opportunity to define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve the success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan. Finally they will evaluate the success of their solution and reflect on potential developments for the future.

Students should be offered 20 hours timetabled time to complete their Programming Project. The Programming Project does not count towards a candidate’s final grade, but is a requirement of the course.
This is called the NEA (Non Examination Assessment) usually worth 20%, in Jan 2018, Ofqual deemed that the NEA must not to be awarded marks due to breach of confidentiality online.  For details see: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-assessment-arrangements-for-gcse-computer-science

* Algorithm questions are not exclusive to component 02 and can be assessed in all components.

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


Does this course get me into Queen’s or Ulster University?  Yes.  However, there are a few Computer Science Pathways it will not let you choose, e.g. straight Computer Science.  However you can do IT Systems with Software Engineering. **

** Correct at time of print (Sept 2017) from information obtained from QUB & UU admissions officers.  Note: It is your responsibility to confirm entry requirements by contacting the admissions offices at QUB or UU to clarify entry requirements.





Due to some of pupils being very keen to follow an IT/Computing pathway into University the ICT Department have decided to pursue two pathways at Level 3 from September 2018. 

One class follows a Single IT award, known as the Subsidiary Diploma, equivalent to one A ‘Level and worth 60 Points, and the second class follows the Double IT award, known simply as the Diploma route, equivalent to two A ‘Levels and worth 120 Points.  The rationale behind this is that some Universities look more favorably upon double award BTEC’s in one subject such as IT for specialised University undergraduate courses.  For more information see university entry requirements from the course you are interested in.  Links can be found above.

This means that the Pearson/Edexcel BTEC - Level 3 Diploma in IT (QCF), the double award, will also be available at WCB for first teaching in September 2018.  Units will be considered towards the end of this year, look back for more information.