ICT / Computing


Year 7

Term 1
Binary and Algorithms
Input and Output devices
Awareness of quality digital content to present work
Use of a range of software to present work

Term 2
Navigate the web and carry out effective searches to collect digital content.
Use computers safely and responsibly, particularly when online.
Make judgments about digital content.
Use criteria to reflect on the quality of their digital work.

Term 3

Explore the difference between the internet and internet service e.g. worldwide web. Understands how to effectively use search engines, and knows how search results are selected.
Collects, organises and presents data and information in digital content. Makes judgements about digital content when evaluating it for a given audience.
Constructs static web pages using HTML and CSS.

Year 8

Term 1
Uses different types of data in the context of spreadsheet modelling.
Collects and organises data in digital content.
Uses a variety of software to manipulate and present data.

Term 2
Makes judgement about digital content when evaluating it.
Uses arithmetic operators, if statements and loops.
Detects and corrects errors in their work.


GCSE ICT (Not an option from 2016)

Edexcel’s new single GCSE ICT is a ‘must-have’ qualification for all students, not only those who are considering a career in the IT industry. GCSE ICT taps into young people’s love of digital technology.

Unit 1 Living in a digital world.
In Unit 1 you will explore: emerging technologies and digital tools; the use of online communities; investigate the impact ICT has on our lives, from shopping and socialising to learning and working. You will sit an exam worth 40% of your grade.

Unit 2 Using digital tools
In Unit 2 you will put into practice what you have learnt in Unit 1 and use a range of digital tools in a project-style controlled assessment. You will create logos, factfiles, websites, digital posters, movies, invitations and e-cards. You will also use spreadsheets and databases to solve problems within a given scenario. This will be worth 60% of your overall grade. 

GCSE Computer Science

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. Students studying this specification will learn how to create applications that:

· run on mobile devices
· operate in a web enabled environment.

In addition they will:

· learn how to create simple computer games
· gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts around creating software applications
· have opportunities to work collaboratively.

Having studied this specification, candidates will be able to create their own mobile applications to gain additional functionality from their mobile devices.  They will also be able to create interactive web-based applications and will be able to create their own simple games instead of being restricted to those produced for them by others. They will have developed the skills and understanding which underpin the creation of their own applications.

The specification provides progression from Key Stage 3 studies by building on the knowledge and skills taught and will provide excellent progression to ‘A’ level Computer Science, vocational courses and on to degree level courses in the areas of computing, engineering and science. In addition the course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

BTEC Information and Creative Technology

The rationale for all the qualifications in the BTEC First suite is to:

● inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy producers of technology products and systems, rather than just consumers of them
● give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of and skills in, the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries, e.g. computer games development
● allow for a flexible choice of units to meet the needs of learners with different interests and inclinations by offering four different pathways
● support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic computing course, or to an Information Technology apprenticeship
● give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries. Junior job roles include: Software Engineer, Website Content Manager, Computer Animator, Help Desk Support and Graphic Designer.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Information and Creative Technology include two externally assessed units in the core to introduce externality into vocational programmes of study. This will assist learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications, such as GCSEs and GCEs. 

The assessment approach for the internally assessed units in the qualification structure enables learners to receive feedback on their progress throughout the course as they provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. These units include a Digital Portfolio unit (Unit 3), which is assessed synoptically, and must include learner’s work from all complete units from their course. Internally assessed units (optional specialist units) provide a common approach to understanding existing technology products/systems through investigation, and then allow learners to design, make and review their own technology-based product or system.

Sixth Form Courses