ICT is changing. From this year students across the country are not expected to know how to use applications like we have done in the past but learn how to make their own programs by coding.

This in mind, we have developed a curriculum at Key Stage 3 where students will learn a range of aspects in Computing from how different computer systems work to developing their digital literacy in a range of office based applications.

At GCSE we offer 2 courses, ICT and Computing. ICT looks at how we use computers and develops students digital literacy skills by creating a range of publications for different needs and audiences. Computing looks at how the computer works and are expected to code their own program to solve a specific problem.

Areas of Study – Computing

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7 An introduction to Computing including developing basic Digital Literacy skills. Understanding and developing algorithms using Scratch. Investigate how the Internet works.
Year 8 Building knowledge of how a computer works and surrounding its issues. Understanding and writing your own code using the Python programming language. Build Digital Literacy skills in spreadsheets and databases.
Year 9 Investigate how images are made and represented on a computer. Learn how websites are written using HTML, JavaScript and CSS stylesheets. Build up understanding of the Fundamentals of Computer Systems.
Year 10 Build up understanding of Computing theory including how computer systems work, how data is represented and the difference between hardware and software. Develop programming skills in the Python programming language. Complete the Unit 3 Controlled Assessment Task.
Year 11 Complete the Unit 3 Controlled Assessment coding a solution in python to a given task. Carry out an Investigation of a given Computing topic. Revise and complete practice exam papers.


Area of Study – ICT

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 10 Investigate the different types of computers we use and how they impact on our daily lives. Start the Controlled Assessment. Students will create Logo’s, advertising banners and interrogate a database for a given scenario. Work through the second task of the controlled assessments developing spreadsheets and promotional materials.
Year 11 Work through the second task of the controlled assessments developing spreadsheets and promotional materials. Complete the Controlled Assessment task and  


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 projects are either assessed on a practical level, an end of unit test or a mixture of both.

Key Stage 4

In year 10 students will have a termly test based on the theory covered in that term. At the end of year 10 all students will sit their mock exam, which will be reported as their P5 grade.

Year 11 students will continue to be assessed through tests on a termly basis. Controlled assessment marks will also be taken into consideration when awarding data for the mini reports.

Firefly/Extended Learning

Key stage 3

Students will complete online tasks, which test their understanding of the topics being covered in lessons. In some topics students will be asked to complete an investigation extending the work done in class.

Key Stage 4

Students extend their learning at GSCE through a variety of activities including:

  • Researching current technology news articles, reporting them back to the rest of the group.
  • Creating a glossary of key terms to be used in tasks and exam questions.
  • Answering exam style essay questions to develop their exam technique.
  • In year 11 revision worksheets to look at the topics covered back in year 10.

Links to useful Resources/ Exam Specifications/ Apps

Teach ICT –

OCR GCSE Computing website –

Edexcel GCSE ICT website –