ICT and Computer Science

Year 7

Students begin at KES with a refresher course in E-Safety. Students are taught about the dos and don’ts of going online along with a crash course on cyber bullying and how to present themselves while online. While learning about this they also develop their software skills and look at a range of different technologies. By the end of Year 7, students should have a good grasp of the key office programmes and be well versed in appearing professional online.

Year 8

Year 8 starts with students looking at some more creative uses of ICT. Students look at web and graphic design and use a range of software to help them produce graphics and logos for websites and print. Students will also look at some aspects of code and will start to get an idea of how a computer works and interacts with software.

Year 9

Students are streamed based on whether they preferred programming or skills at Year 8. Programming students spend the year looking at the theory behind code and how computers work. They also learn python (a complex programming language) and create a range of programs and games. Skills students look at ICT skills they would need in an office or creative environment. Students create Logos, websites and also look at things like Excel and Word to produce business documents.

Year 10 – ICT

Students who opt for BTEC level 2 tech Award in Digital Information Technology will learn how digital technologies are used by individuals and organisations. They will investigate how hardware and software are designed to allow humans to interact with their devices and will design effective user interfaces and apply appropriate project planning techniques.

Year 10 – Computer Science

Students who opt for Computer Science at GCSE will spend much of the year demonstrating their programming technique. Students are encouraged to independently complete a programming project which will automate a complex process. Once the programming project is complete, students look at the theory surrounding programming and how hardware and software communicate.

Year 11 – ICT

ICT students in year 11  follow the CIDA course. They will spend time in year 11 learning the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for a specified purpose and audience. Students also investigate a range of existing multimedia products to see how different components can work together to convey a particular message.

Year 11 – Computer Science

In the final year of GCSE Computer Science students learn and revise the core theory and fundamentals of Computer Science. Students look at the stored program concept, the fetch-decode-execute cycle and how programming languages work on a machine level. Students also begin to look at the basic maths involved with adding binary, converting hex and completing binary shift patterns.


BTEC ICT students complete a range of different units of work which cover the creative industry as well as software suited to a more office based environment. Students complete creative units which require them to make websites, animations, graphics and logos. Students also complete core units which look at skills needed in an office and how different pieces of computer hardware work.

A Level – Computer Science

A Level Computer Science students start the year looking at the complex theory of Computer Science. They study core programming concepts such as the Fibonacci sequence and Von Neumann Architecture. Students then independently research and create a complex programming project of their own choice. Students can choose to make a computer game, database system, website CMS or any number of complex programmes which they design, code and test independently.

TLM 2 Certificate for IT Users in Open systems and Enterprise

In this IT qualification students gain many essential and effective skills which help them to use IT more efficiently in other subjects. In this digital age, the ability to use IT is paramount.

This qualification is not only useful for life after school but it is also creative and engaging. It is a ‘hands on course’ where students can use their imagination and flair.

Units covered in the TLM level 2 Certificate for IT Users in Open systems and Enterprise are:

Unit 1: Improving productivity (assessed through coursework). In this unit, students will:

  • Plan select and use appropriate IT systems and software to meet needs

  • Review and adapt the ongoing use of IT tools and systems to make sure that activities are successful.
  • Develop and test solutions to improve the ongoing use of IT tools and systems

Unit 7: Word processing (assessed through coursework). In this unit, students will:

  • Enter and combine text and other information accurately within word processing documents
  • Create and modify layout and structures for word processing documents
  • Use word processing software tools to format and present documents effectively to meet requirements

Unit 10: Presentation Software (assessed through coursework). In this unit, students will:

  • Input and combine text and other information within presentation slides

  • Use presentation software tools to structure, edit and format slide sequences
  • Prepare slideshow for presentation

Unit 12: Desktop Publishing (assessed through coursework). In this unit, students will:

  • Select and use appropriate designs and page layouts for publications.
  • Input and combine text and other information within publications.
  • Use desktop publishing software techniques to edit and format publications.

Exam unit (online exam) - 1 exam which will be taken in May 2019. Students will study:

  • Types of Audience
  • Purpose of different IT applications and knowing the different file types
  • The strengths and weaknesses when presenting information in different software
  • Specific software and its benefits
  • Sharing information using IT
  • Using IT for project work
  • Copyright Licences and Patents
  • Direct and Indirect Costs
  • SMART targets
  • Acceptable User Policy
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