ICT and Computing

ICT and Computing at Key stage 3 and 4.


Department staff:

Mrs McAtominey: Subject Leader

Mrs Gillespie: Assistant Subject Leader

Mr Lund

Mrs Jackson

Mrs Douglas

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?

ICT and Computer Science
·      a wide range of practical ICT skills and techniques and the use of different Computer systems;

·      how to use different software packages

·      the efficient use of the internet

·      how to stay safe using the internet and digital devices

·      how to design and develop new digital ICT products;

·      the functions of a computer system, peripherals and how to program them;

·      how to analyse and evaluate an ICT system.

What will I do?

·      develop a wide range of practical ICT skills;

·      use a  range of ICT tools and techniques with a range of software;

·      develop digital design ideas and concepts

·      investigate, analyse and evaluate the use of ICT tools and techniques;

·      learn the technical knowledge of Computer systems

·      use ICT to design and  make various different product

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Module 1 Using the internet

Image editing


Introduction to professional software

Spreadsheet Analysis

& presenting findings


Understanding computers 2: Computer systems architecture

Sequencing and algorithms

Interaction and gaming technique

Sequencing and algorithms

Input, Output and Decisions

Module 2 Small Basic

Sequencing and algorithms

Interaction and gaming technique

HTML Website development Programming using Python

Photoshop & marketing

Understanding computers
Module 3 Programming using scratch Digital Graphics using Illustrator, Fireworks and Scratch Media product – Podcast/blog

Computing Ethics

Raspberry Pi: Programming using Sonic Pi


Key Stage 4: ICT and Computer Science


GCSE 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. They should have a fascination with what goes on “inside” computers and an ability to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar contexts.

  • Being an independent problem solver
  • Learning about Computer Systems, Systems Architecture, Memory, Network topologies, protocols
  • and layers
  • Experimenting, investigating and testing different programming languages
  • Understanding how System security and System software functions
  • Developing practical skills when within different operating system and programming


Assessment details

100% Examination


Examination board: OCR: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/


Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies Level 1/2 Certificate – J808

R012: Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of different hardware and software applications and the tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data. They also explore the various risks associated with the collection, storage and use of data, including legal, moral, ethical and security issues, and how such risks can be mitigated.

 R013: Developing technological solutions

Students create a technological solution that processes data and communicates information, following the phases of the project life cycle using different hardware and software technologies to create an integrated technological solution. They develop practical skills such as carrying out a SWOT analysis, creating GANTT charts, developing online surveys, and presenting data through web-based technologies.



 Assessment details:

 R012: Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions  –  1 hour 45 minute exam – 50% of grade.

R013: Developing technological solutions – 20 hour assessment  – 50% of grade


Examination board: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/information-technologies-level-1-2-j808/specification-at-a-glance/


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