Key Stage 3

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 Year 8 and 9 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 systems
  • Undertake creative projects such as video editing, animation and website development for a given audience
  • Use programming languages such as MS Logo and Python to write their own computer programs
  • Design ICT-based models to meet particular needs through spreadsheet and database development.

Year 9 Students: – You will be learning to program using Python. To get ahead of the game, please click on the link below and download Python 3.5.2, which is the version that will be used during lessons.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students study ICT at GCSE level.


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

Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World

Students explore how digital technology affects 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). 

Year 11

Students need to work through their evaluation of the pieces they completed during the controlled assessment.

Mr R Graham, Head of Information and Communications Technology

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