Academic Information

ICT and Computing


The ICT/Computing Department aims to:

  • Develop, maintain and stimulate students’ inquisitiveness, interest and enjoyment in using ICT and Computing
  • Develop pupils’ competence in a range of computing and ICT skills
  • Develop pupils’ ability to manage and present information effectively through the use of ICT
  • Enable pupils to develop transferable ICT skills that can be applied to situations across all curriculum subjects
  • Enable pupils to make reasoned, mature decisions on the usability and appropriateness of data and resources
  • Enable pupils to develop an understanding of the use of ICT and Computing in commerce, business and industry
  • Enable pupils to develop an understanding of computational thinking skills


Mrs J E Buchanan
Mr I Patterson (Head of Learning Technologies)
Mr D Poots
Miss J Patterson
Mr W Hesbrook
Mr G Caulfield
Mrs J Drury
Mr D Curtis (Senior Technician)
Mr J Robb (Technician)
Mr B Crooks (Technician)

Key Stage 3

The course aims to prepare pupils with appropriate ICT and Computing skills. To broaden their knowledge and understanding in a wide range of application areas so to enable the effective use of ICT across all their subjects and eventually within the world of work.

Year 8

  • Computer safety and personal safety
  • eSafety
  • Cyber safety
  • General software applications – Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, internet
  • Email etiquette
  • Spreadsheet modelling
  • Programming with LOGO
  • Multimedia design

Year 9

  • Programming with Scratch
  • Cyber bullying - raising awareness
  • Digital video
  • Programming with Python
  • Vector graphics (Adobe Photoshop)

Year 10

  • Multimedia project with programming languages
  • Image manipulation (Adobe Photoshop)
  • Cyber bullying - raising awareness
  • HTML/CSS – programming and website development
  • Understanding computers
  • Introduction to databases

Key Stage 4


Unit 1: Tools and Applications (mandatory coursework).  

Three tasks for unit 1 cover the following:

  • Communication Skills
  • Presentations
  • Information Handling
  • Spreadsheets

Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology (mandatory coursework). 

There are four tasks covering the following:

  • Using  Graphics
  • Using Digital Video and Sound
  • Games Technology
  • Using Multimedia Assets

Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems (external exam).

The external exam will cover the following themes:

  • Knowledge of ICT Components
  • Data and Information
  • Digital Communications
  • Applications of ICT

Method of Assessment and value

  • Unit 1: 30% Controlled assessment
  • Unit 2: 30% Controlled assessment
  • Unit 3: 40% Written examination and will be assessed by a two hour paper


Grades achieved A* to G

WJEC GCSE Computing

Unit 1: Computer Science (45% external examination)

This unit covers the following:

  • 90-minute examination to assess the theory of computer systems

Unit 2: Solving Problems using Computers (30% practical on-line examination)

This unit covers the following:

  • 2-hour external assessment through practical on-screen tasks.

Unit 3: Developing Computer Solutions (25% controlled assessment)

This unit covers the following:

  • Standard Programming Techniques
  • Designing a Code Solution to a Problem
  • Creating a Code Solution to a Problem
  • Testing a Programming Solution

Method of Assessment and Value

  • Unit 1: 45% - Written Examination assessed by 1.5-hour paper.
  • Unit 2: 30% - Controlled Assessment by an online practical examination
  • Unit 3: 25% - Controlled Assessment scenario based coursework ‘Design Solution Project’


Units are assessed as A* to G

Post 16

One Year Course CCEA GCSE ICT

See Key Stage 4 above for details of the units, coursework and examination.

Two Year Pearson BTEC Level 3 Information Technology

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma equivalent to 1 'A' Level (A* - E) completing six portfolio assignments

Compulsory Units

  • Unit1: Communication and Employability Skills
  • Unit 2: Computer Systems

Optional Units

  • Unit 7: Organisational Systems Security
  • Unit 8: E-Commerce
  • Unit 9: Computer Networks
  • Unit 18: Database Design
  • Unit 28: Website Production
  • Unit 30: Graphics
  • Unit 31: Computer Animation
  • Unit 32: Computer Graphics
  • Unit 34: Business Resources
  • Unit 43: Multimedia Design

Method of Assessment and Value

100% coursework with continuous assessment


Units are assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

Pearson BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing

Four units are required to attain this qualification.

Compulsory Units

  • Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems
  • Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption

Optional Unit

  • Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation

Method of Assessment and Value

  • Unit 1: Written exam (2hrs) - 33%
  • Unit 2: Written exam (1hr 45mins) - 25%
  • Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption (Portfolio) - Controlled Assessment portfolio scenario based coursework 25%
  • Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation (portfolio) - Controlled Assessment portfolio scenario based coursework 17%

Units are assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

Skills Developed

  • Computational
  • Analytical
  • Problem solving
  • Programming
  • Mathematical
  • Presentation skills
  • Independent learner
  • Time management
  • Explore – access, manage, research and interpret information
  • Express – create, develop and present information
  • Exchange – communicate and share
  • Evaluate – review, reflect and improve work


  • Computer Operator
  • User Support Manager
  • IT Software Trainer
  • Web designer
  • Web Analyst
  • Graphic Designer
  • Architect
  • Accountant
  • Software Engineer
  • ICT Teacher
  • ICT Technician
  • Games Software Designer
  • Engineer