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

    Exam Board/Syllabus

    OCR Syllabus J276

    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)

    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.



    BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

    Exam Board/Syllabus


    Grade Equivalences

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

    Assessment Route

    The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology has:

    Total Qualification Time: 150 hours

    Guided Learning Hours: 120 hours

    There are 3 Units:

    Exploring  User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques (36GLH) (Internally assessed)

    Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data (36 GLH) (Internally assessed)

    Effective Digital Working Practices (48 GLH) (Internally assessed)

    The BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology is for learners who wish to acquire knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying the knowledge, understanding and skills related to data management, data interpretation, data presentation and data protection as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. This builds on the learning that has already taken place at Key Stage 3. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs.

    What does the qualification cover?

    The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment, including:

    development of key skills that prove their aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data

    processes that underpin effective ways of working, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct

    knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector, such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.


    Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

    study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in IT, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the digital sector.

    It also enhances young people’s overall digital literacy and gives them a solid foundation for further study and employment.

    Year 12 and Year 13


    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 4


    Assessment Route

    Unit 1: ( written exam) 90  marks

    Unit 2: (Externally marked coursework) 66 marks

    Unit 3: ( Internally marked criteria based assignment)

    Unit 4: ( 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:

    1) Information Technology Systems

    2) Creating Systems to Manage Information

    3) Using Social Media in Business

    4 Data Modelling



    GCE A Level Computer Science

    Exam Board/Syllabus



    A* - E

    Course Entry Requirements

    In Addition To The School

    Sixth Form Entry Requirements

    GCSE Grade 5 in Computer Science

    Assessment Route

    Computer Systems (2hr 30m written paper 40%)

    Algorithms and Programming (2hr 30m written paper 40%)

    Programming Project (Non-exam assessment 20%)


    Course Content:

    The characteristics of  contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices.

    Software and software development

    Exchanging data

    Data types, data structures and algorithms

    Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

    Elements of  computational thinking

    Problem solving and programming

    Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

    Students will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification:

    Analysis of the problem

    Design of the solution

    Developing the solution


    Assessment and Learning Strategies:

    The 'Computer Systems' component contains the majority of the content of the specification and is assessed in a written paper recalling knowledge and understanding. 

    The 'Algorithms and Programming' component related principally to problem solving skills needed by learners to apply the knowledge and understanding in component 1.

    The 'Programming Project' component is a practical portfolio based assessment with a task that is chosen by the teacher or learner and is produced in an appropriate programming language of the learner's or teacher's choice. 

    Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of the three components. They will be assessed in the written papers and through the non-examined assessment where appropriate.