Key stage 3


Year 7 – One lesson Per week

During Year 7 students will be introduced in a number of new topics from across the curriculum that will allow them to develop their computer science knowledge and practical skills. Each topic will consist of a portfolio of evidence and a final assessment.

The Year 7 topics are :-

  • Digital Safety
  • Databases
  • Introduction to HTML Coding
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • BBC Microbit Projects


Year 8 (Option) – 3 Lessons per week

In Year 8 students will build on the skills and knowledge developed in Year 7 and also be introduced to some new topics on the computer science curriculum.

The Year 8 topics are :-

  • Hardware and Software
  • Networking
  • Data Representation
  • Programming & Algorithms


Year 9 (Option) – 3 Lessons per week

In Year 9 students have the opportunity to study computer science for 3 lessons a week. This year allows the students to build on the skills and knowledge developed in Years 7 and 8 and will prepare them for studying Computing in Year 10 and 11.

During this year students will develop skills in the following topics :-

  • App Design (united Learning App contest)
  • App Inventor Programming
  • Relational Databases and SQL
  • Data Representation
  • Programming & Algorithms


Year 10 & 11 (Key stage 4)

In Key stage Four all students study the British Computer Society (BCS) European Computer Driving License (ECDL). This is an industry standard qualification equivalent to a GCSE at ‘C’ Grade & Above. To gain this ICT Qualification students will complete four practical examinations using standard office applications.

In addition to completing the ECDL qualification, students can opt to study further specialist ICT or Computing qualifications. 



GCSE Computing (OCR)

This GCSE is a specialist computer science course, which combines practical elements and a final examination. This course is very technical and requires the students to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills in addition to acquisition of knowledge in software development.

The course comprises of the following:-

  • Controlled Assessment 1 – Practical Investigation (30% of total marks)
  • Controlled Assessment 2 – Programming Project (30% of total marks)
  • 1 hour 30 minutes Final Written Examination – Computer Systems & Programming (40% of total marks)



Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award Information Creative Technology (ICT)

The BTEC Level 2 ICT is an excellent course for those students wanting to specialise in Digital & Internet Technologies and is equivalent to one GCSE. The course allows the students to develop creative and technical skills by creating website and digital portfolios for real world situations.

The course comprises of the following:-

  • The Online World – Online Written Examination (25% of total marks)
  • A Digital Portfolio – Externally Set Controlled Assessment Project (25% of total marks)
  • Website Development – Internally Set Controlled Assessment Project (50% of total marks)




Department Staff

  • Mr J Tait –Head of Computing (email:
  • Ms A Nightingale – Director for Keystage 3 progress/ Computing & ICT Teacher
  • Mr M Hussain – Computing & ICT Teacher
  • Mr N Rafiq – Computing & ICT Teacher



Support your Child – Useful Links & Advice – This is the department’s website where students can find resources and upload work for marking and assessment. – This website has lots of useful information for students and parents about staying safe online. – This website provides useful information for students in Years 9 to 11 to support them with computing and ICT Courses.

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