ICT & Computer Science

Teaching Staff

Mrs Haig (Subject Leader)

Mrs Boden

Year 7 students will study

Scratch Programming
Hardware and Software of a Computer
History of Computing

Year 8 students will study

Introduction to Python Programming
Hardware and Networking
Website Development
Data Representation

KS4 students will study

(9, 10 and 11)

CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications) Level 2
You will study the following topics in depth:
Unit 1: Developing Web Products (25%)
Unit 1 is assessed via a practical 2½ hours computer-based examination set by the exam board.
This unit gives you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

Unit 2: Creative Multimedia Project (75%)
Unit 2 is internally assessed through coursework tasks.
This unit gives you 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. You will create animations, graphics, videos and music products and then will embed these onto your own multimedia products. As part of the evidence of completing this unit you will then create an e-portfolio to showcase your skills.

You will study the following topics in depth:
Component 1: Computer Systems
Introduces students to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory & storage, wired & wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal and environmental concerns associated with computer science.
Component 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms & Programming
Students will develop skills and understanding in computational thinking, algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic, translators and data representation.

You will be assessed by

2 x 1 hour 30 minutes exams
1 x Component 1 – 40%
1 x Component 2 - 40%
1 x Non Examined Assessment (NEA)
Programming Project
This is completed in 20 hours during lessons time. The Programming Project does not count towards a candidate’s final grade but is a requirement of the course.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Computer Science and ICT drop in sessions before and after school EVERY DAY

Thursday lunch time programming club


Students will be set one piece of homework per timetable cycle (fortnight)

Examination board

BTEC ICT – Pearson




Computer Science – OCR



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