ICT - Computing


Mr D Barcroft

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

The new computing programme of study will inform students about the following:

  • How computers and computer systems work
  • How they are designed and programmed
  • How to apply computational thinking
  • How to make best use of information technology

The overall aim is to give students a broad education that encourages creativity and equips them with the knowledge and skills to understand and change the world.

There are three district strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the other:

  1. Computer Science (CS)
  2. Information Technology (IT)
  3. Digital Literacy (DL)

Computer Science is the scientific and practical study of computation: what can be computed, how to compute it, and how computation may be applied to the solution of problems.

Information Technology is concerned with how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data.

Digital Literacy is the ability to effectively, responsibly, safely and critically navigate, evaluate and create digital artefacts using a range of digital technologies.  The creation of digital artefacts will be integrated to much of the learning of computing. Digital artefacts can take many forms, including digital images, computer programs, spreadsheets, 3D animations and a digital booklet.

Students have two lessons per week of in Years 8 and 9 with one lesson in Year 7.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

European Computer Driving Licence

This qualification is recognised by a large number of British and European organisations, who train their employees to acquire the ECDL qualification. Examples of U.K. organisations that have used ECDL are:

National Health Service
Ministry Of Defence
Cadbury Schweppes
Barclays Bank
Colleges and Universities

ECDL Extra provides the student with the skills required to use standard computer applications such as word processing, spread sheets and presentation software, so that users become intuitive in their use.

Course Details:
BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (QCF)-The course will be the BCS (British Computer Society’s) ECDL Extra, which is a full level 2 ITQ qualification which equates to a grade B at GCSE.

Students have two lessons per week of ECDL.

There is ample opportunity to sit exams early.


Pupils will be assessed through online tests for each module of study.

Assessment Procedures:

  • Word processing - Develops the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge
  • Spreadsheet Software - Helps the learner develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets, to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.
  • Presentation Software - Shows the learner how to produce high-quality presentations, using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.
  • Improving Productivity Using IT - Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

OCR Computer Science

Computing is any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating algorithmic process, eg, through computers. The Field of computing includes computer engineering, software engineering, computer science, information systems, and information technology. Of course, it also provides a brilliant stepping stone to video game development, a huge growing international industry.

Course Details:

GCSE Computer Science – This course is a single award (1 GCSE). A great opportunity for students considering programming or the technical side of ICT is your future.

Students have two lessons per week of Computer Science.

There is no opportunity to sit exams early.


Pupils will be assessed through both written and practical work.

Assessment Procedures:

Unit 1: Computer Systems – Written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes – 40% weighting

Unit 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming – Written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes – 40% weighting

Unit 3: Programming Project – Programming Controlled Assessed Project, 20 hours– 20% weighting

Extended Learning:

Pupils will need to and be expected to have a passion for problem solving and computer code. They will need to spend extra time at home and after school working at finding and solving bugs in their programming.


The Computing department actively encourages students to get involved with extra-curricular events and enrichment activities. The computing department has organised several trips to various technological institutes such as Apple.

Key Stage 5: Years 12 and 13

By the end of this course students will be able to select and use appropriate ICT tools and techniques to help carry out investigations; capture and handle data; solve problems; make decisions; present and communicate information. Students will also be able to increase their awareness of the benefits and drawbacks of ICT and its impact on the way people live their lives - learn how to plan and manage projects and work effectively with others.

The GCE in Applied ICT qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management. You could also go on to work based training such as IT User/Practitioner NVQs or vendor-specific qualifications. ICT skills are highly valued in all areas of industry, commerce and academia.

Extra Curricular

The ICT department dedicates S35 Computer room to run several extra-curricular activities. This provision includes GCSE booster sessions, coursework surgery sessions, homework club, and computer games club.