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      Year 9

      ICT is taught to all students as a discrete lesson in Year 9  as part of the core curriculum.  It is vital that all students have the opportunity to investigate and explore the ever developing technological world.

      Year 10 and Year 11

      GCSE Computer Science


      GCSE Computer Science

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      OCR Syllabus J275

      Grade Equivalences

      9 to 1

      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)

      Additional Information

      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.



      B-TEC Award in ICT

      Exam Board/Syllabus


      Grade Equivalences

      Level 2 Distinction* (A* Equivalent) – Level 1 Pass (F/G Equivalent)

      Assessment Route

      Component 1 – Exploring uses of Information Technology – Externally assessed short-answer test (40%)

      Components 2 – Developing a spreadsheet solution to model data (30% - project based coursework)

      Component 3 – Creating an interactive product (30% - project based coursework)

      Additional Information

      Why choose a qualification in ICT?

      If you enjoy ICT and want to increase your skills and knowledge this course is perfect for you. ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education and are among the fundamental transferable skills required by employers. This qualification enables learners to increase their knowledge in a progressive way.

      What will learners study?

      • Component 1 – Exploring uses of Information Technology

      During this component, learners will;

      • Explore current and emerging digital technologies including hardware and software, the internet and the World Wide Web.
      • Delve deeper into how digital technology impacts on organisations and individuals.
      • Engage with the issues raised by technology usage.
      • Broaden their understanding of safe, secure and responsible practice and organisational obligations.
      • Components 2&3

      During this component, learners will;

      • Develop an understanding of the importance of the analysis of data in organisations decision making.
      • Use skills and techniques to develop, test, use and review a spreadsheet solution to model data.
      • Design an interactive product to meet an organisations brief.
      • Draw on what they’ve learned to prepare content, develop and optimize assets to produce a high quality interactive product.

      Year 12 and 13

      Year 12


      BTEC ICT  - Level 3 National Extended Certificate

      Exam Board/Syllabus



      P,M,D & D*

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      6 GCSE’s at Grade C /4


      Assessment Route

      Unit 1: ( written exam) 90  marks

      Unit 2: (Externally marked coursework) 66 marks

      Unit 3: ( Internally marked criteria based assignment)

      Option Unit: ( Internally marked criteria based assignment)

      Course Outline:

      This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in exposure to a range of IT topics in a two-year, fulltime course that meets all or part of the entry requirements for a course in IT related study in higher education.


      It is also suitable for students intending to acquire full time employment or an apprenticeship after completion.


      Units To Be Studied

      Unit 1

      Information Technology Systems

      Unit 2

      Creating Systems to Manage Information

      Unit 3

      Option Unit

      Using Social Media in Business


      Year 13


      GCE A Level – Information and Communication Technology

      Exam Board/Syllabus

      AQA - 2520


      A* - E

      Course Entry Requirements

      In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

      GCSE Grade ‘C’ in ICT and a GCSE Grade ‘C’ in English / English Language. ‘B’ at GCSE is recommended

      Assessment Route

      Paper 1: (120 minute exam)   30% of final grade

      Paper 2: (Coursework)  20% of final grade

      The other 50% of the final grade has already been assessed in Year 12


      Course Outline (includes content/modules to be studied):

      The new AQA GCE in ICT is designed to encourage students to develop:

      • The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
      • The skills to work collaboratively and manage projects
      • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems
      • An understanding of the consequences of using ICT for individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations about the use of ICT
      • An awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

      In Year 13, students will study the concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They will also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management. These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. The units that will be studied are:


      The Use of ICT in the Digital World

      • Developments in technology, information needs of organisations, ICT systems, management of ICT
      • Developing ICT systems, introducing large ICT systems into organisations
      • Training and supporting users of ICT systems.

      Practical Issues Involved with the use of ICT in the Digital World

      • Investigating, analysing, defining requirements
      • Selecting and using appropriate technologies, designing solutions, methods for testing and installation, documenting and evaluating.