Computing and ICT

Computing is a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8 and covers both computer science, information technology and digital literacy.  In Year 9 students can choose to study either Computer Science or ICT through to Year 11.


Subject Overview

Years 7 and 8

During  Year 7 and 8 students study a combination of ICT and Computing which follows the national Curriculum Programme of Study in Computing.  This includes:

  • Digital Literacy - students learn how to use a  range of 'office' applications such as word processing and spreadsheets, as well as how to use the Internet effectively and safely.
  • Information Technology - students learn about computer systems and how to apply the skills they have to practical problems.
  • Computer Science - students learn how to use a range of programming applications, developing their knowledge of these whilst at the same time developing skills in analytical thinking.

Years 9 to 11

From Year 9 all students study for either a Level 2 ICT qualification or GCSE Computer Science.  We currently follow the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies syllabus for ICT and the AQA Computer Science for Computing.

ICT:  Students study a range of software applications as well as how to plan and manage a project.  The final qualification is made up of one exam and one controlled assessment unit. 

Computer Science: Students study a range of topics including computer systems, cybersecurity and data representation as well as developing their programming skills.  The final qualification is made up of two exams as well as a controlled assessment unit. 

Downloads Date  
AQA GCSE CS book.pdf 18th Jul 2018 Download
Programming.pdf 18th Jul 2018 Download