Computer Science and IT
Year 9 ICT and Computing

Vision statement

Our vision is that all pupils will be taught to use the three key strands of Computing (Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy) to develop a secure and in-depth understanding of the subject which will enable them to apply concepts, knowledge, and skills across the wider curriculum. Therefore, enabling them to become people who: are excited about the potential of technology, can problem solve, create high quality digital content, and interact with an ever-changing digital world in an informed and responsible way.


Topic map KS3 IT & Computer Science





Programming and Computational Thinking

Elements of a Computer System


Networks & E-Safety


Year 10 and 11 - KS4 - BTEC Digital Information Technology

Topic map KS4 – BTEC Digital Information Technology


(New Course) Component 1 – Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

(New Course) Component 2 – Collecting, Presenting & Interpreting Data



Component 2: Collecting, Presenting & Interpreting Data

Component 3 – Effective Digital Working Practices

Final assessment period


Useful resources

GCSE Computer Science: Seneca Learning, Isaac Computer Science website,

Super curricular activities

Exam information
GCSE: OCR   BTEC: Pearson/Edexcel

Year 10 and 11 - GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Computer Science

The Computer Science course is an exciting opportunity for students eager to develop or showcase their existing computing skills. This GCSE focuses on the technical aspects of software development and the optimal use of hardware for a variety of applications. Students who have completed this course will be more likely to follow a career in software development and modification. The coding aspect of the course means that students will be spending about 50% of the course learning, designing and developing software for a particular purpose.

They should have high performance within Maths and English to be able to cope with the demands of the course. It is important to note that the course is technical and will require students to have a desire to delve deeper into the digital world around us.

The course comprises 3 parts:

Section 1 – Computer systems

These includes topics such as; Systems Architecture, Memory, Storage, System security, System software and Wired and wireless networks.

Section 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

This includes topics such as; Algorithms, Programming techniques, Producing robust programmes, Data representation, Computational logic and Translators and facilities of language.

Section 3 – Programming project

This will require learners to design, analyse and fully evaluate at least one programming technique in a 20 hour project.

This course is essential for any student looking for a career in the digital world; it will give any students who complete this course all the required skills required to study A-Level Computer Science in their post 16 education.

The GCSE in Computer Science is recognised as one of the science courses which form part of the English Baccalaureate qualification.


Topic map KS4 – GCSE Computer Science
10Computer systemsComputational ThinkingComputer systemsComputational ThinkingComputer systemsProgramming
Boolean Logic
Units of Data
Data Storage
Networks and Topologies
Wired and Wireless Networks, Protocols and Layers
Practical Programming
Designing, creating and refining algorithms
Data Types
Programming Techniques
Architecture of the CPU
CPU Performance
Embedded Systems
Primary Memory
Secondary Storage
Threats to Computer Systems
Operating Systems
Utility Software
Programming Techniques
String Manipulation
File Handling
11Computer systemsComputational ThinkingComputational ThinkingREVISION 

Threats to Computer Systems

Operating Systems
Utility Software

Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Environmental Impact of Computing.


Defensive Design


Integrated Development Environments

Programming Revision
Searching and Sorting Algorithms
Practical Programming of Searching and Sorting Algorithms


Useful resources

Seneca Learning, Isaac Computer Science website,


Exam information


GCSE Computer Science

Exam board/Specification

OCR Syllabus J276



Assessment Route

Exam 1 – 1hr 30mins (40%) – Computer systems

Exam 2 – 1hr 30mins (40%) – Computational thinking, algorithms, and programming

Coursework (20%) – Programming project (20 hours)


Super Curricular Activities

Be ambitious: Engage with the Super Curriculum


Year 9 Computer Science and IT Super Curriculum here


Key Stage 4 Computer Science and IT Super Curriculum here


Ethos & Aims

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