What is ICT & Computing?

Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all pupils must learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world. ICT / Computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT / Computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through our programme of study for Computing, our students will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content. Our aim is to encourage our students to become confident, competent and innovative ICT creators.

Course Overview

  • Design skills
  • Using programming languages
  • Analysing data
  • Meeting the needs of known users
  • Creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications
  • Create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience
  • How to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely
  • To achieve challenging goals
  • Produce ICT-based solutions to solve problems
  • Working collaboratively
This is a two year program of study which has no national assessment at its end. Progress is judged against National Curriculum Standards. Our students are closely monitored over this period to ensure they achieve or exceed their expected target grades each year. In year 7 and 8, students study a range of both ICT and Computing units.
All students start their GCSE course in Year 9, allowing for an extended teaching period for the qualification. In year 9 students will be introduced to skill builder lessons and a practice controlled assessment in preparation for Year 10.

By the end of year 11 students will have completed all their skills builder activities, their 40 hour controlled assessment. They will undertake a one hour 30 minutes examination which is worth 40% of their total GCSE grade.

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Example of student work
Example of student work
Example of student work
Example of student work
Example of student work
Example of student work

Syllabus & Curriculum

Year 7 & 8 Computing

Year 7 and 8 students receive two 50 minutes lessons each week. The students follow a scheme of work which is based on the KS3 National Curriculum and they are judged against the National Curriculum Standards.

Year 7 Program of Study

  1. Introduction to Kodu
  2. Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly
  3. First Steps in Small Basic
  4. Database Development
  5. Control Systems with Flowol

Year 8 Program of Study

  1. Spreadsheet Modelling
  2. Computer Crime and Cyber Security
  3. Animation in Flash
  4. Graphics
  5. Game Programming in Scratch

Year 9 ICT

Students will complete a practical unit that will broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They will learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students will cover the following topics:

  1. Gathering and presenting information
  2. Modelling
  3. Digital Publishing
  4. Evaluation
Students will be introduced to skill builder lessons and a practice controlled assessment in preparation for Year 10.

Year 10 ICT

Students will complete a practical unit that will broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They will learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students will cover the following topics:

  1. Gathering and presenting information
  2. Modelling
  3. Digital Publishing
  4. Evaluation
Students will complete a forty hour controlled assessment based around Using Digital Tools. This will contribute towards 60% of the total GCSE.

Year 11 ICT

Students will explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts. They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students will cover the following topics:

  1. Let’s communicate!
  2. On the move
  3. Entertain me – what to buy?
  4. Smart working
  5. Shopping experience!
  6. Let’s revise! Health and well-being

Examination Details

GCSE ICT

Contact: Mr N. Davies
Applies to: Year 9, 10 & 11
Course Type: GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel
Spec Code: 2IT01
Specification: Download

Practice Papers

Below are a selection of useful practice papers for the course your son is studying: