ICT and Computing

Department staff:

Mrs McAtominey: Faculty Leader

Mrs Gillespie: Subject Leader

Miss Pinkney

Miss Ross

Mrs Elvidge

Mr Lund


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

Internet Based Research

Presenting your findings

Programming using scratch

Sequencing and algorithms

Interaction and gaming technique

Sequencing and algorithms

Input, Output and Decisions

Module 2 Programming using scratch

Sequencing and algorithms

Interaction and gaming technique

Digital Animation



Podcast Research and Planning

Spreadsheet & presenting findings

Creating a Poster / Movie


Presenting Findings

Module 3 Future Street

Furniture / Room

Using google sketch up

Digital Graphics using Illustrator, Fireworks and Scratch Computer systems are architecture

Networking and Protocols

Programming using Python programming language

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, 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

20 % Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) 80% Examination

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

Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

Overview of the course

  • Equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make, effective digital products for others to use
  • Enable students to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain
  • Foster creativity and develop their independent learning skills
  • Challenge students to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence
  • Increase students awareness of their responsibilities in the digital world and their respect of other people’s rights
  • Equip students with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication
  • Give students the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to support future learning and exploit the creative digital industries.

Assessment details

25% Practical Examination 75% Summative Project Brief

Examination board: Pearson: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/digital-applications-cida-dida/cida-2012.html

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