ICT and Computing

Computing equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. It also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

All students have discrete lessons in Key Stage 3 in dedicated computer suites. Students follow a program of study that allows them to;

  • Recognise how to use technology safely and responsibly including protecting their online identity and privacy.
  • Understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other system
  • Undertake creative projects such as video editing, animation and website development for a given audience
  • Use programming languages such as Scratch and Python to write their own computer programs
  • Design ICT-based models to meet particular needs through spreadsheet and database development.  

At Key Stage 4, students have the option of choosing to study either ICT or Computing at GCSE level.

GCSE ICT

Students study the Edexcel GCSE in Information and Communication Technology. The course is comprised of two units;

Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World

Students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use. Topics include; personal digital devices, operating online, online communities and issues raised by the use of ICT.

This unit represents 40% of the total assessment. It is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute written paper.

Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools

Students will broaden and enhance their ICT skills by working with a range of digital tools to produce effective ICT solutions. They will be given a brief by the exam board which will be fulfilled through completing tasks such as research and information gathering, spreadsheet modelling, digital publishing and evaluating their outcomes.

This unit represents 60% of the total assessment. It is assessed through 40 hours of controlled assessment (coursework).

GCSE Computing

Students study the OCR GCSE in Computing. The course is comprised of three units;

Unit 1 Computer systems and programming
Students will cover a body of knowledge about computer systems. Students will develop a mental model of a computer system and have an in-depth understanding of how the hardware and software works. They will also learn the theoretical aspects of programming.

This unit represents 40% of the total assessment. It is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper.

Unit 2 Practical investigation

Students will undertake an investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by the exam board which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing scenario with a choice of skills, recommendations/evaluation.

This unit represents 30% of the total assessment. It is assessed through controlled assessment (coursework).

Unit 3 Programming project
Students will learn to understand standard programming techniques and design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:

- Develop suitable algorithms scenario.

- Design suitable input and output formats

- Identify suitable variables and structures

- Identify test procedures

This unit represents 30% of the total assessment. It is assessed through controlled assessment (coursework).