ICT & Computer Science

Department vision

Our vision is that all students experience a challenging and engaging curriculum in Computer Science and IT where rapid and sustained progress is made. Our aim is to provide all students with the knowledge to confidently master technical skills, techniques and use devices safely. This will provide them with the ability to cope with the future demands for a higher level of technological knowledge and awareness in everyday life and future employment.

Year 7

Students in year 7 will be developing their ICT skills and be introduced to various programming concepts.

They will cover key topics such as:

  • Scratch

  • E-safety

  • Spread sheets

  • Algorithms and Flowol

  • Data Representation

  • Databases

Year 8

Students in year 8 will begin looking at the fundamental principles of computers and will learn to work within the project life cycle. They will also cover key topics such :

  • Graphics
  • Web Awareness
  • Animation
  • Kodu
  • Google Sketchup
  • Computer Networks
  • Website development

Year 9

All learners will undertake a course designed to provide learners with a broad understanding of the world of Computer Science and encourage them to develop computational thinking, algorithm and programming skills. It will prepare learners for GCSE by covering some similar content to the GCSE (9–1) Computer Science and provides a firm foundation from which learners may make informed decisions about progressing onto a GCSE (9–1) Computer Science.

It provides learners with opportunities to become familiar with how computer technology works and a look at what goes on ‘behind the scenes’. Through the introduction of computational thinking, algorithms and programming, this course will help learners develop their problem solving skills. It will be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-today life.


Learners will have to complete a simple and intuitive assessment model, consisting of 2 x 30 minute tests for each section, one focusing on the theory of Computer Science and the other with a focus on programming and algorithms. All tests have identical weighting and mark allocations. They will also have a coded programming project that will enthuse learners to provide a solution from a choice of OCR set tasks.


Years 10 & 11

ICT and Computing is an option subject where students can opt to take GCSE ICT or GCSE Computing.

GCSE ICT Edexcel Single Award aims to enable pupils to develop practical skills in ICT applications alongside a thorough knowledge and understanding of ICT concepts.

GCSE Computing OCR aims to enable pupils to develop their understanding of the fundamental hardware of a computer system, common types of software and simple logic. They will acquire the skills to write computer programs.



Pupils are required to evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Pupils are provided with assessment criteria at the start of each unit, so they can reference what they need to do to move forward.

The department assesses progress through questioning in class, marking of classwork and homework , assessed tasks and end of topic tests.


  • GCSE ICT Edexcel Single Award

  • The course comprises of two units, where one is a controlled assessment unit, which is worth 60% and one examination unit, which is worth 40%.

  • GCSE Computing OCR

  • The course comprises of three units, where two are controlled assessment units, which are worth a total of 60% and one examination unit, which is worth 40%.

Post 16 at wg6

The ICT and Computing department offer A level Computing and A level Applied ICT at KS5. 

A level Computer Science OCR

The course is aimed at students who wish to develop a logical approach to solving problems and understanding the ways in which computer systems work.

A level Applied ICT OCR

This course aims to equip students with the information technology tools to solve a given problem. Students work on projects, planning designing, creating and delivering a solution to particular scenario using various software applications.

related careers

ICT and Computing supports a number of pathways in addition to those listed below:

  • Website Designer

  • Business Analysts