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Computer Department

Key Stage 3 Year 7

Autumn Term

Baseline – At the beginning of year 7 all students will sit a baseline test to give us information relating to their prior experiences with computing and ICT.

E-safety – Student learn about the many dangers that exist as a result of the introduction of information and communication technology and social networking. They are taught the appropriate actions that should be taken if they suspect they are being exploited or become a victim.

A Brief History of Computing – Students will learn about a number of people, famous and not so famous, that have played a role in the development of computing, as well as a number of important technological developments that have made computing possible.

Hardware and Software basics – Students will learn about how in simple terms the computer works, and about the internal and external parts of a computer. They will learn about the different types of software that a computer needs to perform its functions and how they carry out these tasks.

Scratch – Using the Scratch environment students learn the concepts of programming using graphical blocks to create code that can be used to produce interactive stories, animations, games and more.

Spring Term

Binary and Boolean Algebra Basics – Students will learn how to use the binary system of counting using 0 and 1 and will be able to add binary numbers. They will learn how digital electronic gates are created using Boolean algebra.

Databases – For this unit of work students will learn what databases are, how they have changed over time and their importance in the modern world. Students will get the opportunity to use a database package to create and interrogate a database of different complexities and create forms queries and reports for the purpose of data handling and presentation.

Summer Term

Small Basic – Students will be introduced to the language Small Basic which is a simplified version of the Basic language. Students will create interactive programs to solve problems, create graphics and demonstrate how programming can be used for control. The language is even powerful enough to create games.

Graphics as part of digital literacy – For this unit of work students will develop many new graphical skills that will help them within the digital world. They will learn how to use advanced graphics software, to draw a range of vector and bitmap images to produce products aimed at a range of audiences and for different purposes.

Year 8

Autumn Term

Flowol and Flowcharting – Programming visually with a flowchart students will focus on the logic of their solution rather than the syntax of a written program. Flowol supports many programming elements: Sequences of instructions, branching using decisions, loops and variables

Small Basic – Building on their experiences form year 7, students will progress to explore more complex concepts in programming using variables and itteration to create their own solutions to a number of problems.

Web Design – In this unit students will concentrate on the creative elements of web design and the tools used to format web pages and be able to add, static, dynamic and interactive content.

Spring Term

Python – Students will be introduced to this very powerful programming language which is used by programmers worldwide. This is one of the languages students will use if they go on to study Computing or Computer Science at GCSE or beyond.

Create an App - In this unit students will gain an understanding of the different ways we can access the internet.  They will research and identify their target audience and ensure they complete a proposal which uses their persuasive writing skills. Students will then create a workable 'app'  

To complete this successfully they will investigate the history of 'apps' and look at how and what technology is used to connect to 'online' life and who uses it and why?  Students will have the opportunity to design and create a working 'app' based on their proposal.

Summer Term

Binary and Hexadecimal – Building on the number work that was started in year 7, students will additionally work with Hexadecimal numbers (base 16) and understand how these number systems are important to computing.

Coding for the Web – Having earlier in the year studied Web Design, students will progress to working with the languages of the web. Students will learn how to structure and add content to web pages using HTML and CSS, as well as being able to incorporate JavaScript to add interactivity to web pages.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Students in Key Stage 4 will have the opportunity to study either a developer or a creative option.

GCSE Computing

In line with the Governments recent report on the delivery of ICT in schools, we are now offering a GCSE in Computing. This course is aimed at students who might be considering careers in the computer or games industries or want to go on to study computing at Advanced level or beyond.

The course will consist of the following areas of study:

1. Computer Systems and Programming

  • Computer systems
  • Computer hardware
  • Software
  • Representation of data in computer systems
  • Databases
  • Computer communications and networking
  • Programming

2. Carry out a practical investigation and write a report.

3. A practical programming project.


GCSE Computing has 3 Assessment components.

1. An externally assessed 1 hour 30 minute examination paper, contributing 40% of the total assessment weighting.

2. An internally assessed (externally moderated) controlled assessment investigative task, contributing 30% of the total assessment weighting.

3. An internally assessed (externally moderated) controlled assessment programming task, contributing 30% of the total assessment weighting.


Next Generation Digital Applications (Level 2)

Students will study for the Certificate comprising Units 1 and 2

DA201 Developing Web Products

This unit aims to give students the knowledge and skills they need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.

They will demonstrate the ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Edexcel. 

DA202 Creative Multimedia

This unit aims to give students the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences.

Students will investigate a range of existing multimedia products to find out how different components are used to convey a particular message. They will discover that they like some of these products more than others and will need to consider why this is the case.

Students will demonstrate their ability to plan, design, build and test interactive multimedia products through their work on a major project set by Edexcel. This will include the development of an e-portfolio that exhibits your achievements and is in itself an effective multimedia product.

Unit 1 will be assessed in a practical examination lasting two and half hours and will contribute 25% of the total marks

Unit 2 will be assessed with a summative project which will be internally assessed and externally moderated and contributing 75% of the total mark.

Key Stage 5 Years 12 and 13

OCR Applied GCE in Information Communication Technology.

The course consists of 6 units and is studied over two years.

Year 1 AS Level

Unit 1: Using ICT to Communicate – Coursework project

Unit 2: How organisations use ICT – External examination

Unit 3: ICT solutions for individuals and society - Coursework project

Year 2 A2 Level

Unit 4- Working to a brief - Coursework project

Unit 5- Interactive multimedia products - Coursework project

Unit 6- Developing and creating websites -Coursework project