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Computing and ICT

Curriculum aim

Computing and ICT offer students the opportunity to get to grips with using software applications as well as developing their knowledge and understanding of how computer systems work and how software is designed and created using code.

Key Stage 3 curriculum overview

We aim to ensure that all pupils have the knowledge and understanding of computing and information technology systems that will enable them to be effective users of technology in both their education and everyday life. We hope to give pupils an insight in to computing and computer science as well as helping them to develop the IT skills that are essential to learning and the ability to apply these skills to new situations to develop solutions to problems. Our  curriculum is one that aims to  retain the essential IT skills that pupils need on a day-to-day basis, problem-solving, safety and searching for, managing and presenting data while also introducing them to the new Computing elements of the curriculum where pupils will learn more about Computer science, how computers work, algorithms, problem solving and programming.

Students are assessed at KS3 through a range of activities from end-of-unit written tests to practical tasks over a number of lessons, which are assessed and used to provide feedback to help students develop in all areas.

Key Stage 4: GCSE Options Computing

Pupils who select Computing as an option will study the OCR GCSE qualification. The aim of the course is to:

  • Give learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
  • Provide excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science.
  • Develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.

The GCSE covers the following areas.


COMPONENT 1 – Externally assessed written exam, 1½ hours, 40% of overall grade

  • Study how processors work
  • Investigate computer memory and storage
  • Explore modern network layouts and how they function
  • Build skills in the increasingly important realm of cyber security
  • Investigate how types of software are used within computer systems
  • Gain wider comprehension of how computers and computing affect ethical, legal, cultural and environmental issues



COMPONENT 2. Externally assessed written exam, 1½ hours, 40% of overall grade

  • Study fundamental algorithms in computer science
  • Build a firm foundation in programming techniques
  • Produce programs through diagrams
  • Thoroughly test programs and make them resistant to misuse
  • Explore Boolean algebra (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Understand how we store data within computers in binary form



COMPONENT 3: Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework project 20 hours.

  • Use new-found programming skills on an independent coding project by solving a real-world problem of your choice
  • The project is carried out under exam-like conditions


Key Stage Four: Level 1/2 Cambridge National in Information Technologies

Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies focuses on data, how it is collected, used, processed, interpreted and presented within the framework of an IT project lifecycle. It will allow learners to be confident IT users across a range of digital technology, developing their transferable skills and knowledge to continue to be confident IT users with new technology as it emerges.

There are two assessments: one examined and the other internally assessed and externally moderated, each worth 50% of the total qualification.

At the current time this qualification is still being updated and reviewed by the Department for Education and once it is confirmed as accepted more details will be added to our website.

Some useful links – learn the basics of coding using the Python programming language – learn a range of coding skills and languages interactively and free.  – this website has lots of useful information on online safety and students across all years are encouraged to view it.  – this website gives many helpful resources and reading which would be useful at all key stages.  GCSE Bitesize – a useful website for KS4 students, this includes videos and help guides to walk students through a variety of tasks. – Students completing the GCSE in Computer Science will have access to this website that will cover all they need for the exams and give them an area to create their coursework.

Keep in touch

Subject Lead for Computing and ICT is Mr Padgham who can be contacted by email at