Year 7

What Will I Learn?

You will complete 6 units to develop your ICT skills using a range of software.

  • Unit 1: Website Design using HTML
  • Unit 2: ICT Skills – School Trip Project
  • Unit 3: Scratch Programming

How Will I Be Assessed?

Each unit of work will require you to complete a project on the computer. Your project will evaluate your project against success criteria.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice task, classroom discussions and project based activities.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This will give you the confidence to use a range of ICT software. You will be able to re-use these skills in all your subjects.

Year 8

What Will I Learn?

You will complete 6 units to develop your ICT skills using a range of software.

  • Unit 1: Programming Project using Python
  • Unit 2: Multimedia Project using a range of Software
  • Unit 3: Graphic Design and Photo Editing

How Will I Be Assessed?

Each unit of work will require you to complete a project on the computer. Your project will evaluate your project against success criteria.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice task, classroom discussions and project based activities.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This will give you the confidence to use a range of ICT software. You will be able to re-use these skills in all your subjects.
The Python unit will also help you acquire programming skills.

Year 9

What Will I Learn?

In Year 9 you will start on a course called Cambridge Nationals to get a qualification in ICT (Equivalent to a GCSE). This course consists of 3 units of coursework and 1 written exam. You will only complete one unit in Year 9 and you will then be given the possibility to continue with this course at KS4 to complete all the units.

  • Unit 1: Multimedia Project (coursework based – Year 9)
  • Unit 2: Financial Modelling in Excel (coursework based – Year 10)
  • Unit 3: Using a range of ICT software in a business context (coursework based – Year 10)
  • Unit 4: ICT Exam (Year 11)

How Will I Be Assessed?

Each unit of work will count for 25% of your final grade.
The 3 coursework units will be assessed by your teacher against success criteria. The written exam will be marked by OCR.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice task, classroom discussions and project based activities.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

This course will give you a qualification in ICT should you decide to continue with this course at KS4.

Year 10

What Will I Learn?

At KS4 (Year 10 and 11) we have three ICT/Computing related qualifications for you to choose from:

Cambridge Nationals in ICT (OCR):

In Year 10, you will complete the course called Cambridge Nationals that you started in Year 9. This will lead to a qualification in ICT (Equivalent to a GCSE). This course consists of three units of coursework and one written exam.

  • Unit 1: Multimedia Project (coursework based – Year 9)
  • Unit 2: Financial Modelling in Excel (coursework based – Year 9)
  • Unit 3: Using a range of ICT software in a business context (coursework based – Year 10)
  • Unit 4: ICT Exam (Year 11)

ICT GCSE (Edexcel):

This ICT course will enable you gain an academic GCSE in ICT. This course consists of 2 modules: 1 coursework module that you will complete in Year 10 and one written exam that you will study for in Year 11. The Year 10 coursework will allow you to develop your ICT skills further using a range of application software including MS Office suite & Adobe software (Photoshop, InDesign...)

Computing GCSE (OCR):

This Computing course will enable you gain an academic GCSE in Computing (EBacc Option). In this course will develop your programming skills using programming languages such as Python or JavaScript. You will also learn about computing concepts such as Data Representation (Binary code, hexadecimal code), computer network concepts, database concepts etc.
This course consists of three units: two coursework units and one written exam.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Cambridge Nationals in ICT (OCR):

Each unit of work will count for 25% of your final grade.
The three coursework units will be assessed by your teacher against specific success criteria. The written exam will be completed at the end of Year 10 and will be externally marked by the exam board (OCR).

ICT GCSE (Edexcel):

The coursework unit will be completed in control assessment conditions over 40 hours and will count for 60% of your qualification. The written exam will take place in June of Year 11 and will count for 40% of your qualification.

Computing GCSE (OCR):

 The two coursework units will be completed in control assessment conditions and will count for 60% of your qualification (30% per unit). The written exam will take place in June of Year 11 and will count for 40% of your qualification.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice tasks, classroom discussions and project based activities.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Cambridge Nationals in ICT (OCR):

This course will give you a qualification in ICT equivalent to 1 GCSE. You will then be able to choose to complete one of our KS5 ICT or Computing qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

ICT GCSE (Edexcel):

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in ICT. You will then be able to choose to complete one of our KS5 ICT or Computing qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

Computing GCSE (OCR):

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in Computing which counts as an EBacc subject. You will then be able to choose to complete one of our KS5 ICT or Computing qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

Year 11

What Will I Learn?

ICT GCSE (Edexcel):

You will complete the coursework unit that you will have started in Year 10. You will also focus on the theory part of this course in Year 11 to prepare for the written examination.
In this module (theory), students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Computing GCSE (OCR):

You will complete the second coursework unit. You will also focus on the theory part of this course in Year 11 to prepare for the written examination.
In this module you will learn about key computing concepts such as computer hardware and software, representation of data (e.g. binary code, hexadecimal code etc.), computer networks concepts, database concepts and programming concepts.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Cambridge Nationals in ICT (OCR):

Each unit of work will count for 25% of your final grade.
The three coursework units will be assessed by your teacher against specific success criteria. The written exam will be completed at the end of Year 10 and will be externally marked by the exam board (OCR).

ICT GCSE (Edexcel):

The coursework unit will be completed in control assessment conditions over 40 hours and will count for 60% of your qualification. The written exam will take place in June of Year 11 and will count for 40% of your qualification.

Computing GCSE (OCR):

 The two coursework units will be completed in control assessment conditions and will count for 60% of your qualification (30% per unit). The written exam will take place in June of Year 11 and will count for 40% of your qualification.

What Different Types of Activities Will I Do Over Time to Help Me Learn?

Classroom demonstrations, video tutorials, practice tasks, classroom discussions, project based activities and students presentation.
You will also complete mock exam papers throughout the year in preparation for the final exam.

How Will This Help Me to Progress to the Next Year or Key Stage?

Cambridge Nationals in ICT (OCR):

This course will give you a qualification in ICT equivalent to 1 GCSE. You will then be able to choose to complete one of our KS5 ICT or Computing qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

ICT GCSE (Edexcel):

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in ICT. You will then be able to choose to complete one of our KS5 ICT or Computing qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).

Computing GCSE (OCR):

This 2-year course will give you a GCSE in Computing which counts as an EBacc subject. You will then be able to choose to complete one of our KS5 ICT or Computing qualifications in Year 12 and 13 (6th Form).