ICT and Computing

ICT and Computing at Key stage 3 and 4.


Department staff:

Mrs McAtominey: Subject Leader

Mrs Gillespie: Assistant Subject Leader (Maternity)

Mr Lund

Dr Jackson

Mrs Kuby


Key Stage 3

Overview of the course

Through using a range of different software and hardware, students will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to create and manipulate digital products to suit specific audiences and purposes. Students will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and practical skills for both ICT and Computing.   As part of their work with Computing and ICT, students will be taught how to use various professional software packages and equipment and be able to apply this knowledge to their wider learning throughout the school.


What will I learn?

Year 7

  • Introduction to ICT at Huntington School
  • E-safety
  • Small Basic – an introduction to text-based code
  • Sketch up – 3D Deign
  • Scratch games creation

Year 8

  • HTML – Website design
  • Go Software – sequencing and control
  • Spreadsheets and their use in business
  • An introduction to Python programming
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Understanding computers 1 – an introduction to computer science

Year 9

  • Advanced Python preparation for GCSE
  • Photoshop and marketing
  • Understanding computers to – developing our knowledge of computer science
  • Databases
  • Creating a media product – future technologies
  • Computer Science and ethics

Key Stage 4: ICT and Computer Science

Overview of the course: The course involves hands on practical work, problem solving, and research and system design. This course is particularly suited to those students who have logical and analytical mind ready for independent problem solving and debugging. Students should have a fascination with what goes on “inside” computers and an ability to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar contexts.

 The assessment model for the course is 100% examination, spilt over 2 papers. The topics on each paper are outlined below.


Paper 1 topics:

Architecture of the CPU

CPU Performance

Embedded systems

Primary storage (Memory)

Secondary storage


Data storage


Networks and topologies

Wired and wireless networks, protocols and layers

Threats to computer systems and networks

Identifying and preventing vulnerabilities

Operating systems

Utility software

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact


Paper 2 topics:

Computational thinking

Designing, creating and refining algorithms

Searching and sorting algorithms

Programming fundamentals

Data types

Additional programming techniques

Defensive design


Boolean logic


The Integrated Development Environment (IDE)


Examination board: OCR:

Specification for June 2021 examinations: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/

Specification for June 2022 examinations onwards:https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/specification-at-a-glance/


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