ICT and Computing

KS3 – Overview

Key topics Year 7:

  • Email
  • E-Safety
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • How Computers Work
  • Scratch Programming
  • Binary and Control

Key topics Year 8:

  • Network Technology
  • Computational Thinking
  • Introduction to Python
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Impact of ICT in Society
  • Binary

Support Materials

KS4/Course Overview  


What will they focus on in Year 9:

  • Introduction to Programming – Programming Techniques
  • Algorithms (Computational Thinking)
  • Computer Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and Wireless Network
  • Network Topologies

What will the focus on in Year 10:

  • Network Topologies
  • System Security
  • System Software
  • Ethical Issues
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational Logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages

What will they focus on in Year 11:

  • Controlled Assessment
  • Data Representation
  • Revision

Cambridge National

What will they focus on in Year 9:

Coursework - Skills building with spreadsheets:  

  • Sum  
  • Function  
  • What if statements  

What will they focus on in Year 10:

  • Database  
  • Flat file  
  • Relational Database
  • Queries  
  • Reports  
  • Work on their actual controlled assessment 

What will they focus on in Year 11:

  • Theory and revision for the exam.   

Exam Board: OCR (Computing and Cambridge National)


End of Chapter Tests, PPE, 2 Final exams, 1 Controlled Assessment.
Cambridge Nationals  
Assessment (including coursework)
Coursework - 50% (internally marked)
Written examination - 50% (externally marked)

Support Materials

GCSE Computer Science for OCR Student Book (Cambridge University Press)
GCSE OCR Computer Science (grade 9-1) text book - (CGP.)
OCR Specification
Useful revision websites:

Any specialist equipment required?

Computing - Computer with Python programming language 

Enrichment opportunities

The Royal Institution – Master Classess.

Clubs or Interventions

After school/lunchtime clubs (everyday)

Future careers/uni courses


This course provides a wide range of career options, as well as a route into further and higher education.
IT Consultant / Games Developer / Software Engineer / Network Engineer / Systems Analyst / Multimedia Programmer / Applications Developer / Information Systems Manager / IT Technical Support Officer / Database Administrator / Project Manager.

Cambridge Nationals 

This course provides a wide range of career options, as well as a route into further and higher education.
Project manager / ICT manager / business manager / IT teacher / ICT tutor / ICT advisor / administrator / data manager.

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC)**

From a spiritual perspective, Computer Science provides young people with a framework and set of disciplines that will help refine their general awareness and build their self-worth. This gives the work greater meaning and purpose.

Programming is a challenging discipline to learn and pupils have to apply their concentration and intelligence very deeply. They can become much more enlightened about their strengths and weaknesses, as they navigate the process of producing code that doesn’t work and try to determine how to correct it. Morally, pupils learn about and participate in discussion on the legal framework that surrounds use of ICT in the world:

  • The data protection Act
  • The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
  • The Computer Misuse Act

All of these laws were developed based on a moral and ethical foundation. Pupils are taught about how to discriminate about information they come into contact with on the Internet. Socially, they learn about teams and how they work and also the different roles that they can play. Age appropriate and positive use of social networking sites is promoted using content from the government organisation CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). Culturally, all of the projects require pupils to look at the needs of the people their solution is serving.

Pupils are encouraged to look at design of information, examples of TV and video to inform their work.

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