ICT General Information

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. We aim to equip all students with the necessary skills and understanding to be able to use ICT purposely, safely and responsibly for learning, everyday life and employment.

The school has ICT facilities all equipped with appropriate software and all students have access to their own e-mail account and have filtered internet access. All ICT facilities are carefully monitored; internet access and e-mails are filtered and access to social websites and chatrooms is restricted.

All Key Stage 3 all students have one lesson of ICT per week. A range of topics are taught to include finding, sharing and communicating information, developing ideas and opportunities for evaluation. At the same time they develop their basic skills by using a wide range of applications and software to develop skills in modelling spreadsheets and databases and work creatively using desktop publishing and multimedia simulation effects.

At Key Stage 4 students all students will work towards the Cambridge National Certificate in ICT from 2011) or OCR National (legacy/current Year 11) this is a Level 2 vocational qualification. Some students may also opt for a GCSE WJEC ICT (current Years 10/11) and as from September 2012 GCSE OCR Computing.

In the Sixth Form students can continue to study towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (from 2012) or OCR National Level 3 ICT (legacy/current Year 13) which is accredited with UCAS tariff points as follows; Pass (40), Merit (80) and Distinction (120). This qualification has a range of optional units which can support other subjects studied at A/AS Level.

Key Stage 3

In ICT in Year 7 you will study a series of modules to include;

Introduction to School Network & File Structure – You will be introduced to the network and to understand how to log on and access your personal areas. You will need to understand how to create an effective folder structure in order to save your work sensibly.

Plan & Create Presentations – You will plan and create presentations and explore the concept of ‘fitness for purpose’ when using images, text, colour and sound to enhance your presentations. You will consider how to match and adapt presentations to a given audience and purpose. Finally, you will evaluate the suitability of your work for different audiences and purposes.

Using Desktop Publishing – You will plan and create a leaflet to give out information about online safety. You will explore the use of image text, colour and layout to enhance and consider how to match the design of their leaflet to a given audience and purpose. Finally you will identify evaluation criteria to evaluate your work for different audience and purposes.

Spreadsheets & Modelling – learn how simple models are built by first investigating rules and then by seeing how rules can govern the behaviour of simple models. You will develop these skills to set up a model and then using it to investigate various scenarios.

Handling Data – You will find out what the term ‘database’ means and learn to access and use databases in different formats. You will learn how to collect data and how to search for data effectively and also learn how to write your own hypothesis.

Sequencing & Animation – You will use sequencing to create animations using control software. You will use criteria and feedback to evaluate your work and suggest improvements and test your work and make modifications.

Computers & Computing – You will be introduced to the world of computers and computing. You will begin to develop knowledge of the origins of the first electronic computer or how computers have developed over the decades.

In ICT in Year 8 you will study a series of modules to include;

File Management & Threats to Data – You willrevisit this topic and to develop your skills further. You are also introduced to on-line threats to data and what precautions you need to take to avoid infection.

E-Mail Features & Functions – You will look at the uses of email both at school and at home and explore how to use some of the other tools and feature that are available as part of a common email package.

Information, Reliability & Bias – You will learn to assess the validity of information and to identify biased and inaccurate information and avoid data that is unreliable. You will learn techniques to help you search for information more effectively. You will select a contentious issue and to gather information from various sources in order to make an unbiased presentation to others. You will consider the usefulness, provenance, reliability, status and bias of the information that you collect and use.

Modelling & Interrogation of Data – You will be revisiting spreadsheets and recap functionality and formulas. You will then construct a model to ascertain requirements and use the concept of Goal Seek. You will be expected to make and test a prediction by using your model and present information using different formats. Some of you will investigate the use of IF…Then formula.

Figure Animation – You will learn about different methods of animation. You will use different software including Flash and Stop Frame Animation. You will create outputs which demonstrate these different methods.

Impact of ICT in Society – You will investigate the collection and use of data by commercial organisations and government agencies. You will consider the social and legal implications of such large scale data collection and storage are examined.

Key Stage 4

Computer Science

Course name: Computer Science

Exam board: OCR

Course code: J276

Website link for spec/ past papers:


  • One controlled assessment worth 20%, Task based and 20 hours to complete.
  • Two exams, both Non-Calculator and each is worth 80 marks or 40%
 Paper 1: Computer Systems   Exam Paper 2: Computational   Thinking, Algorithms and   Programming Exam
 Systems Architecture Algorithms
 Memory Programming techniques
 Storage Producing robust programs
 Wired and wireless networks Computational logic
 Network topologies, protocols and  layers Translators and facilities of   languages
 System security Data representation
 System software 
 Ethical, legal, cultural and   environmental concerns 


Additional Resources for success:

Make use of the resources given in your homework topics and by using the free revision guide.

Revision/Catch-up sessions

Every Monday after school.

CiDA – Certificate in Digital Applications

Course Specification available here (Edexcel 600/6627/1)

Assessment Details

Unit 1: Developing Web Products
Unit 2: Artwork and Imaging

Course Information 

UNIT 1: Developing Web Products: Unit Reference: DA201
Overview of content

In this unit, students will demonstrate their ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination.  Students will investigate aspects of successful design, including content, structure, navigation, screen and interactivity.  Students will develop their web authoring software skills.  They will optimise images, embed sound, video and animation files.  Students will learn to identify essential elements of html code and make alterations.

Overview of assessment

This unit is assessed through a 2 hour 30 minute practical examination and marked by Edexcel. This represents 25% of the final mark.

UNIT 3: Artwork and Imaging: Unit Reference: DA203
Overview of content

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

 Overview of assessment

The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.

Students must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel.

Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria. This represents 75% of the final mark.

Steps to Success in GCSE ICT

  1. Ask your teacher for help if you are having problems mastering a specific ICT skill.
  2. Attend after school ICT clubs to develop your skills.
  3. Read each task carefully.  Be clear of the marking criteria as you will not be awarded marks for completing tasks which are not stated as required.
  4. Be clear about ‘who, why, what, where’ the tasks will be used for.  Marks are also awarded for sense of audience and purpose.
  5. In any piece of coursework make sure it is your best work. Show off your skills! 
  6. Keep your coursework portfolio up-to-date and in the correct order.  Add the correct information to each page.
  7. Never delete any work.  If you run out of disk space remove duplicate files and clean out your email folder. 
  8. All the work you submit in your e-portfolio should follow the laws of copyright.  All materials used in your project should be listed in a sources table.

Useful Resources:

School Intranet which holds details of every lesson and related resources


Key Stage 5

What type of qualifications can I achieve?

Cambridge Technicals Level 3 IT – Introductory Diploma

Examination Board: OCR

Entry Requirements: Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above.

Whilst we would favour a formal qualification in ICT or Computer Science at GCSE level (Grade C or above), there are NO specific entry requirements. All that we ask is that you are genuinely interested in this field of study, have a genuine love of all things technological as well as the drive and ambition to be motivated about your studies in ICT. Ideally you are interested in furthering your studies at University level or have ambitions to work in the IT sector, one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.

Why consider this course?

This course enables candidates to develop knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of ICT and demonstrate the skills needed to participate in the operation and development of real ICT organisations.

What will I study?

Learners will take five units to achieve this qualification. There are two mandatory units that are externally assessed (exams). These are the Fundamentals of IT and Global information. These units provide learners with an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. Learners must then take three of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by the exam board. The optional units include Project management, Product development (App development), Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything.


The course is assessed using a combination of: external assessment, which is set and marked by the exam board and internal assessment, where the tutor assesses the learners’ work and the exam board externally moderate.

How are these graded?

Every unit achieved will be graded as pass, merit, or distinction. Learners who don’t achieve a pass in a unit will be unclassified. A learner must get at least a pass for every unit to be awarded the qualification they have entered for. Qualifications are graded using a Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* (and Unclassified) structure.

Summary of externally assessed units

Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT: comprises multiple choice questions, short answer and extended response questions

Unit 2 Global information: comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study. Also, there are short answer and extended response questions.

Career routes

The OCR Nationals in ICT qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree or BTEC Higher National Diploma in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, MultiMedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, eBusiness and Information Management. You could also go on to work-based training such at IT User/Practitioner NVQs or vendor-specific qualifications.

ICT exists in most walks of life, with most employers expecting candidates to be computer literate.