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Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3 Computer Science

Students will learn new software skills and programming languages, applying what they have learnt through milestone tasks, similar to those at KS4, in order to better prepare them for the demands of GCSE work. Students will mostly work independently, monitoring their progress and showcasing their achievements electronically, though collaboration is encouraged through peer teaching and effective communication with partners and groups. We are working to develop our language for learning and embed 5* learning skills into every lesson.

Year 7

In Year 7, students study ICT, Business and Computing. This will be a rotation block.

Students will be introduced to basic software: Word Processing and Presentation to ensure they meet expected competencies for KS3 work and that they are ICT work ready. Students will also study eSafety and Health and Safety.

Students will then learn how a computer works which has links to Computer Science in KS4. This will cover:

  • Parts of a computer
  • Input/Output Devices
  • Storage devices
  • Basic binary
  • Some basic programming skills

Year 8

In Year 8, students study ICT as a rotation block. They will study different skills, focusing on:

Email and Internet - Uses and issues, how the internet works, viruses/threats and legal issues (copyright)

Computer Programming – Using Python to develop programming skills

Year 9

In Year 9, students study ICT as a rotation block. They will study different skills, focusing on:

Graphics – using Photoshop and Illustrator to create professional graphics, this links with the Imedia course in KS4.

Programming – using text-based programming language – Python, in readiness for KS4.

Binary and Cyphers - This will be covering binary, denary and hexidecimal in readiness for Computer Science.

Key Stage 4

We offer a range of ICT based qualifications to suit different learners:


Students will study different aspects of media. Whilst graphics is compulsory, other units may include multimedia, video, audio, business documents etc. Students will learn the importance of planning documents in media creation.

GCSEs 9-1:


Students will learn all about computing theory, how computers work as well as how to become programmers and complete investigatory work into different scenarios. Currently using Python as a programming language, students learn how to create a range of functional programs. The course ends in 2x written exams at the end of Year 11.

Extended learning


We have many after school sessions each week for Year 10 and 11 students to complete their coursework and work closely with ICT staff for extra support.

Through the LRC, there is the opportunity for students to learn Adobe software, play Scratch and to learn how to make their own computer games for KS3 and 4 at break-times, lunch and after school.

Useful Links

• For ICT/Computing tutorials:

• ICT games: