Computing & ICT

Years 7 and 8

Our computing curriculum at key stage three covers 3 strands: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.

Students learn how to use computer systems confidently and effectively including a variety of hardware and digital applications such as Microsoft Office as well as the Adobe Suite of programs. They are taught how to be safe and secure when using computer systems. In addition they learn how to write computer programs to solve real problems which helps them to develop key skills including computational thinking, writing algorithms and problem solving which can be transferred to further learning and everyday life.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Students commence their GCSE computing course from year 9. This course gives learners a real in depth understanding of how computer technology works and offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming. This course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science.

Throughout the course students are expected to:

  • Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of computer technology
  • Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems by using computer programs
  • Analyse and evaluate, make reasoned judgement and present conclusions

The course has three units; Computer Systems and Programming, Practical Investigation and Programming Project.

Computer Systems and Programming (40% of the qualification)
Written Paper (1.5 hours): Candidates answer all questions. Question paper includes a mixture of short and long answer questions, some of which will require candidates to write program code.

Practical Investigation (30% of the qualification)
An investigative task (Approximately 20 hours): Candidates carry out a practical investigation of a topic chosen from a set of options supplied by the exam board.

Programming Project (30% of the qualification)
Controlled Assessment (Approximately 20 hours): Candidates create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options supplied by the exam board.

Years 12 and 13

Students study the BTEC National Subsidiary diploma in ICT. The qualification consists of 2 mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits. It covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector and is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Units taught

  1. Communication and Employability Skills for IT
  2. Computer Systems
  3. E-Commerce
  4. Organisational Systems Security
  5. Digital Graphics
  6. Business Resources

BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They attract UCAS points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications within education institutions within the UK. On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, leaners can progress to or within employment and/or continue your study in the same, or related vocational area.