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    ICT & Computing


    • Mr S Ketter - Head of ICT & Computing
    • Mr N Mayne
    • Miss Tracey Goldstein 



    ICT & Computing is a compulsory subject across Years 7 & 8 with students receiving one lesson per week. It aims to make confident, creative and productive use of ICT & Computing to encourage essential skills for life.  ICT & Computing capability includes learning technical skills and techniques, and the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly.

    Students will:

    • Use a range of information with different characteristics, structures and purposes and evaluate how it matches requirements and its fitness for purpose.
    • Use of a variety of information sources in a range of context.
    • Use and review of the effectiveness of different ICT & computing tools, including a range of software applications.
    • Learn logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, design and structured problem solving
    • Develop an understanding of the need to:
      • Employ safe working practices
      • Keep information secure
      • Manage information
      • The impact of ICT & computing on individuals, communities and society.
      • Problem solve using programming 


    Schemes of work studied:

    Year 7

    Year 8

    1.     Baseline test. E-safety and file management project

    1.     E-Safety project

    2.    Game shop spreadsheet project (Microsoft Excel)

    2.    Literacy and Scratch Programming project Data Handling Project (Microsoft Access)

    3.    Communication Project (Microsoft Power Point, audio and video.)

    3.   Computer hardware project

    4.     Data handling database Project (Microsoft Access)

    4.    Python Programming

    5.      DTP and events management group project( Microsoft office suite)

    5.     Data Handling MURDER MYSTRY using database

    6.     Sequencing and programming Project (Scratch)

    6.    Band Manager



    OCR Computer Science GCSE

    The qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established through the Computer Science elements of the Key Stage 3 programme of study. The content has been designed not only to allow for a solid basis of understanding but to engage learners and get them thinking about real world application.

    Students complete:

    • Two 90 minute written exams.
    • One Programming Project assessment


    What are the benefits of GCSE Computer Science?

    It is contemporary, relevant and rewarding for GCSE students.

    The qualification:

    • Prepares students for learning, working and living in an increasingly digital world
    • Develops creativity, logical thinking, independent learning and self-evaluation
    • Gives students a chance to design apps and software for technologies they use - mobile phones, games consoles and the internet
    • Teaches computing which is of enormous importance to the economy and focuses on computer technologies that are relevant in the modern world
    • Has content overlaps with Microsoft Technology Associate certifications to give industry recognised skills
    • Gives a thorough grounding in computing, creating opportunities for students to move on to A-levels, vocational courses, industry recognised IT qualifications and employment
    • Supports progress in other areas such as technology, science, engineering and the creative industries.

    Course entry requirements:

    5A Maths and English


    OCR Cambridge National ICT

    Why should I take OCR Cambridge Nationals?

    ICT skills are essential for success in employment, in higher education and are one of the fundamental transferrable skills required by employers. Cambridge Nationals deliver these skills across the whole group, effectively engaging and inspiring students of all abilities, to achieve great things.

    There are 11 units which include core units from which other units build upon. The content is built into four strands – business information, creative, technical and a final student-initiated project where the student can demonstrate all that they have learnt in terms of ICT, problem solving and project management.

    Students can achieve a Diploma (equal to two GCSEs) by completing 8 of the 11 units.


    What are the benefits of OCR Cambridge Nationals?

    The qualification:

    • Takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.
    • Teaches basic ICT skills required for business use
    • Contains a wide range of units within the creative strand to allow students to explore the world of digital media
    • Is geared towards key sector requirements
    • Is very popular with schools and colleges because it suites such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.
    • Has been founded upon the recommendations of the Wolf Report and created in partnership with teachers, students, education specialists and industry-leading employers





    R001 – Exam

    Understanding Computer Systems

    R002 – Controlled Assessment

    Using ICT to Create Business Solutions

    Business Strand


    R004 – Controlled Assessment

    Handling Data using Databases

    Creative Strand


    R005 – Controlled Assessment

    Creating an interactive product using multimedia components

    R006 - Controlled Assessment

    Creating Digital Images

    R007 - Controlled Assessment

    Creating dynamic products using sound and vision

    Technical Strand


    R009 - Controlled Assessment

    Computer Hardware, Software and Networking

    Student Project


    R011 - Controlled Assessment

    Understanding Technology




    OCR Computer Science AS/A Level

    Why choose OCR Computer Science?

    Our Computer Science specification will above all else be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The new specification will:

    • Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
    • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
    • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
    • Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
    • Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

    AS Level

    Students will complete:

    • Two 75 minute written exam

    A Level

    Students will complete:

    • Two 150 minute written exam
    • One Programming Assessment


    Entry Requirements

    C grade in Computer Science GCSE


    B grade Maths and English GCSE



    Extra-Curricular Activities

    Computing Club. A place where students can come to experiment with state of the art equipment: a club that allows students to extend their knowledge in a fun and creative setting.