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IT and Computing

Subject: Info Tech and Computer Science

Subject/Curriculum Leader: Mrs C Stevenson


A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. It provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.     Steve Jobs

Key Stage 3

Subject Overview

All pupils study ICT at Key Stage 3 where we cover a comprehensive range of topic areas. The ICT curriculum builds on the teaching at Key Stage 2 and covers three main strands:

 1. Digital Literacy

 2. ICT

 3. Computer Science

 Each half term throughout Key Stage 3, students complete a new ICT project covering the three main strands mentioned above. Within these units we have placed an emphasis on developing transferrable ICT knowledge, understanding and skills.

Curriculum Structure

Students are taught in mixed ability form groups and have 1 lesson per fortnight of ICT/Computer Science.


Year 7 – Autumn Term

Introduction to Computer Systems

Introduction to Teams and Cloud Storage

Introduction to Key Figures in IT


Year 7 – Spring Term

Cyber Security:

Protecting Your Data

Risks Online including Malware and Viruses


Year 7 – Summer Term

Introduction to programming concepts.


Year 8 – Autumn Term

Computer Systems – Hardware and Software

Introduction to Binary

Digital Representation


Year 8 – Spring Term

Cyber Security:

Data Theft

Reasons People Hack

Risks online and how to deal with them – Including Ransomware


Year 8 - Summer Term

Introduction to python language


Year 9 – Autumn Term

Key figures in IT – Alan Turing

Cypher and Decipher



Year 9 – Spring Term

Cyber Security:

Social Engineering

Phishing Scams

How people obtain data – E.G Social Media

Social Media Awareness


Year 9 - Summer Term

Introduction to HTML

Key Stage 4

We offer both Computer Science and Information Technologies at KS4. Some students do one or the other and some students do both.

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies

This qualification will teach the learner what different technologies could be used, why they should use them and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management.

They will learn about tools and techniques for use in different digital hardware and software technologies, and how these can be integrated to create digital solutions to manage and communicate data and information. They will also be taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical and moral considerations when using technology to gather, store and present data and information, and how to mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification they will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively, to complete a data management task, such as a cable TV provider monitoring customers’ viewing to make recommendations for additional packages in the customer’s subscription.

They will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle.

The skills, knowledge and understanding they will develop through this qualification are very relevant to both work and further study. They will support them in a range of subject areas such as A Levels in Business or Geography, or Cambridge Technicals in IT. They can also support their progression into employment through Apprenticeships in areas such as Digital Marketer or Business Administrator.

Exam Board

OCR Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies Level 1/2 Certificate

Course Content

There are two units of assessment. Learners must complete both units of assessment to achieve the qualification.

R012 – Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

1 hour 45 minutes written examination

80 marks (120 UMS)

OCR-set and marked

Exam assessment in June 2018 and then every January and June.

Entry code R013 – Developing technological solutions

Approximately 20 hours

80 marks (120 UMS)

An assignment set by OCR, marked by teachers and moderated by OCR

The assignment will include a context and set of tasks

A new assignment will be released each series and published on the OCR website

Assessment series in June 2018 and then in two series each year.


Year 10 - Autumn term



Year 10 = Spring term



Year 10 - Summer term



Year 11 - Autumn term

RO12 – Revision and recap ready for January Exam

Database and Excel Practical Skills


Year 11 - Spring term

RO13 Coursework – Progress Cakes


Year 11 - Summer term

RO12 – Resit preparation


Key Stage 4

We offer both Computer Science and Information Technologies at KS4. Some students do one or the other and some students do both.

OCR Computer Science

Our GCSE in Computer Science is engaging and practical, encouraging creativity and problem solving. It encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.


Year 10  -Autumn term

1.1.1 Architecture of the CPU

1.1.2 CPU Performance

1.1.3 Embedded systems

1.2.1 Primary storage (Memory)

1.2.2 Secondary storage

2. Programming Basics


Year 10  - Spring term

1.2.4 Data storage – Numbers

1.2.4 Data storage - Characters

1.2.4 Data storage - Images

1.2.4 Data storage - Sound

1.2.5 Data storage - Compression

2. Practical Programming Skills


Year 10 - Summer Term

1.3.1 Networks and topologies

1.3.2 Wired and wireless networks, protocols and layers

2.1.1 Computational thinking

2.4.1 Boolean Logic

2.1.2 Designing, creating and refining algorithms

2.2.2 Data types


Year 11 – Autumn Term

2.1.3 Searching and sorting algorithms

2.2.2 Data types

2.2.3 Additional programming techniques

2.5.2 The Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

Programming Project


Year 11 – Spring Term

2.1.1 Computational thinking

2.1.2 Designing, creating and refining algorithms

2.1.3 Searching and sorting algorithms

2.2.1 Programming fundamentals

Programming Project


Year 11 - Summer term

2.3.1 Defensive design

2.3.2 Testing

2.5.1 Languages

Programming Project

Key Stage 5

In KS5 our intent is to provide a rich and challenging curriculum inspiring our students to develop their knowledge and understanding of ICT through studying the importance of ICT in the world today and how it will evolve in the future. Through practical involvement in a range of activities, students will apply their knowledge and develop skills to help them succeed in all other subjects. Our teaching and learning will help students develop a real applied focus, understand how technology can be used to tackle current issues, develop valuable transferable skills and progress to the next level of study. Studying information technology provides our students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to keep abreast of this rapidly changing field, in addition to gaining a core set of IT skills that are relevant in almost every industry.

Academic study is complemented by several extra-curricular enrichment opportunities, which aim to broaden and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject in different contexts. Recent opportunities have included a tour around GCHQ Cyber Security Headquarters, Cyber Security Career Talks and Industry specialists giving practical advice and guidance. We welcome visiting speakers from local businesses to provide enrichment for our students.


Year 12 Autumn term



Year 12 - Spring term



Year 12 - Summer term



Year 13 - Autumn term

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT

Exam Preparation and Revision


Year 13  - Spring term

Unit 6 – App Design Coursework

Unit 13 – Improvements


Year 13 - Summer term

Exam resit preparation