Computing & ICT

Curriculum Intent

The faculty consists of a team of five keen, innovative and creative teachers of Business, Computing and ICT who aim to instil into our students both our interest in and enjoyment of the subjects we offer as well as increase their awareness and understanding of the topics and issues covered. We are committed to promoting the knowledge and skills that students require to both further their education and beyond. We believe that we are preparing students to work in the ever-increasing competitive world where the efficiency and effectiveness of the business and computing community is vital for success and growth of the nation.

The department is fortunate enough to teach out of four modern, state of the art computer rooms with has all the latest hardware and software.

The courses are delivered by experienced teacher:

· Mr Badger

· Mr Mofrad

· Miss Digweed

Computer Science

Preparing students to be digital learners, ready for the next generation

Computing is an essential subject which equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology. The skills students develop in their computing lessons will prepare them for the future workplace.

Curriculum Implementation

Key Stage 3

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the importance of E-Safety, the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing 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. Students have one assessment point during each unit of work. All classes at KS3 are mixed ability. Students will cover the following topic this year.

Year 7

E-Safety – students are taught the importance of being aware of potential dangers and consequences of accessing the internet. How to protect themselves and what to do if they encounter any issues whilst on line.

Computers in the work place – students are taught how to create, edit and present information in a range of different ways. Learning the skills employers are looking for in areas such a word processing, spreadsheets and presentational tools.

History of Computing – students will be able to develop some skills in programming and enable them to build up their expertise prior to choosing computing at KS4.

Cybercrime – Students will learn about the dangers that can effect computers such as virus’s and phishing and how to deal with these potential dangers.

Project – Students will complete a project in the last term which will enable them to put to use all the computational thinking as well as traditional ICT skills they have learnt over the year.

Year 8

Spreadsheets – students will be taught how to manipulate spreadsheets, be confident in the analysis of data and modelling finances.

Computer Systems – students will be able to understand what a “computer system” is, describe how an embedded system is programmed and design their own embedded system.

Computational thinking – Students will learn what computational thinkingis about and how software engineers design solutions to problems using algorithms before programming them using programming languages. Students will look at Python as a programming tool.

Computer Hardware – Students will investigate different storage devices and explain how they are used. They will then be asked to Select suitable storage devices and storage media for given situations and justify your choice.

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science is an engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to work independently to develop well thought out solutions and develop strong resilience which is required in the world of computer science. Computer Science encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Why Choose GCSE Computer Science

It’s a great way to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can be transferred to further learning and to everyday life.

Students who want to go on to higher study and employment in the field of computer science will find it provides a superb stepping stone.

It has strong links with mathematics and will support student’s determination to complete set tasks. Computer Science is part of the English Baccalaureate and it will be included as one of the qualifications that count towards new school performance measures. Any Computing specifications included in the EBacc have to be approved by BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) – and our GCSE Computing has been.

The Units

Component 01: Computer systems (40%)

Introduces students to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)

Students apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation. The skills and knowledge developed within this component will support the learner when completing the Component 03 Programming Project.

Component 03/04: Programming project (20%)

Students use OCR assessment tasks to demonstrate their practical ability in the skills developed in components 01 and 02. In an exam environment they will, define success criteria from a given problem, and then create suitable algorithms to achieve success criteria. Students then code their solutions in a suitable programming language, and check its functionality using a suitable and documented test plan. Students have a total of 20 hours to complete their programming project.

OCR ICT Cambridge Nationals

Why Choose ICT Cambridge Nationals

The OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT is for Learners who wish to acquire technical skills through vocational contexts as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The Award gives Learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment and are transferable skills required by employers.

The Units

Core units:

· Understanding computer systems. This unit will give students a solid base to develop knowledge and understanding of computer systems and the implications of working with data.

· Using ICT to create business solutions. This unit will enable students to refine their existing knowledge of computers to reflect the working practices of the commercial world.

Additional Units:

· Handling data using spreadsheets. This unit will help students to process and present data into meaningful information that can be used to support the decision-making process in real life scenarios.

· Creating an interactive product using multimedia components. This unit will enable students to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product.


Internal assessment 75%

External examination 25%


Key Stage 5


Exam Board: OCR

Why A level Computer Science?

A Level Computer Science helps students understand the core academic principles of computer science. Classroom learning is transferred into creating real-world systems through the creation of an independent programming project. Our A Level will develop the student’s technical understanding and their ability to analyse and solve problems using computational thinking.

What will you study?

During the A Level you will study 3 components covering different topics, with an examination in components 1 and 2 at the end of year 13. It will be expected that most project work and other units are completed outside of lesson.

Component 01: Computer systems (40%)

Students are introduced to the internal workings of the (CPU), data exchange, software development, data types and legal and ethical issues. The resulting knowledge and understanding will underpin their work in component 03. It covers:

  • the characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • types of software and the different methodologies used to develop software
  • data exchange between different systems
  • data types, data structures and algorithms
  • legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues
Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)

This builds on component 01 to include computational thinking and problem-solving. It covers:

  • what is meant by computational thinking (thinking abstractly, thinking ahead, thinking procedurally etc.)
  • problem solving and programming – how computers andprograms can be used to solve      problems
  • algorithms and how they can be used to describe and solve problems.
Component 03: Programming project (20%)

Students are expected to apply the principles of computational thinking to a practical coding programming project. They will analyse, design, develop, test, evaluate and document a program written in a suitable programming language. The project is designed to be independently chosen by the student and provides them with the flexibility to investigate projects within the diverse field of computer science. We support a wide and diverse range of languages.

University degrees that require or often prefer Computer Science include:

Students who have studied computer science at A Level have gone onto complete apprenticeships at well-known companies. It is a strong subject to include for any student wishing to study mathematics, computer science or physics at university.

Entry requirements:

Minimum grade 6 in Computer Science/Computing if studied at GCSE. We would also expect a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and any other science related subject.

‘People always fear change.  People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?  People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines.  There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear.  But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.’

Bill Gates, CEO Microsoft


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The department offers its students the possibility of competing in a number of business related challenges throughout the course.

The department also offers an opportunity to combine business and computing knowledge working with an external body.

Skills for Success and Career Opportunities

Students studying this course will go on to study A Levels in Computer Science or ICT or a host of

Level 3 qualifications such as the BTEC in Computing or ICT

Other qualities and key skills that can be gained from studying Computer Science: Information &

Technology (Resourcefulness), Calculated Risks (Reciprocity), Seeking & Responding to

Feedback (Reflectiveness) and Problem Solving

Independent study

KS3 – Students in KS3 are given one significant independent study task a half term; the work is always set on classcharts with supportive documents to assist with the work. The homework has been designed to cover the topics students have covered in their lessons in a creative way.

KS4 – Students in KS4 are set an independent study task bi-weekly. These tasks are always set on classcharts with students encouraged to use the recommended revision guides and supportive text to complete the tasks. The independent tasks are set as a way to assist with revision for year 9, 10 and 11 to make it easier to understand the various methods of revision available to them when students sit their exams at the end of year 11.

KS5 – Students in KS5 are set specific independent study tasks bi-weekly, similar to KS4. These tasks have been specifically designed to ensure students are extending their knowledge and improving their revision for their exams at the end of year 13. In year 13 students will be expected to complete a programming project, this is also expected to be done as part of student’s independent study.

Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Mrs Fisher, Curriculum Leader for Business, Computing and ICT