Computing & IT

Why study Computer Science?

The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving, an essential skill for life. Students study aspects of Computer Science and IT where they will design, develop and analyse software and hardware used to solve problems in a range of contexts.

Computing KS3

YR7 Computer Science

Cycle 1

1-UCSER (Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly)


        File management

        Social Networking

        Keeping data safe

        Using email

        Searching the web

2-Office skills

        Word Processing

        Letters & logos

        Spreadsheet skills

        Spreadsheet modelling


Cycle 2

3- Understanding computers

        Elements of a computer

        The CPU, RAM and ROM

        Understanding Binary

        Binary addition

        Storage devices

4-Flowol (control systems)







Cycle 3

5- Sound manipulation

        Digitising sound

        Jobs in the sound industry

        Listening and planning

        Creating an advert

        Exporting and file types

6-Interactive Multimedia Project

        Client brief & planning

        Master slide

        Assets (images/sound/text/house style)


        Embed sound & export




YR8 Computer Science
Cycle 1 1-Hardware/Software    ● Hardware devices
   ● CPU
   ● Memory
   ● Storage
   ● Operating systems (OS)
2-Computational Thinking/Logic Gates    ● Logical thinking
   ● Logic gates
   ● Logic gates & Truth tables
Cycle 2 3-Communications & Networks    ● The Internet and WWW
   ● Web Browsers & Search engines
   ● Domain names, IP addresses and packets
   ● Digital footprint
   ● Acceptable online behaviour
4-Python (introduction)    ● Strings and things
   ● Numbers and arithmetic
   ● Selection
   ● Concatenation
   ● Computational thinking
Cycle 3 5-Graphics    ● Vector graphics
   ● Bitmap graphics
   ● Conveying meaning
   ● Resources
   ● Adding text
6-Artificial Intelligence    ● What is AI
   ● Machine learning
   ● Ethics of AI
   ● Image recognition
   ● Turing tests and chatbots
   ● Rate my review



YR9 Computer Science

Cycle 1

1-CCCS (Computer Crime and Cyber Security)

        Email scams

        Computer misuse

        Protecting personal data


        Health & Safety

2-Data Representation

        Binary recap

        Binary addition & Binary Shifts

        Images in a computer

        Sound in a computer

        Processing data/CPU


Cycle 2

3a-Communications and Networks

        Data & Networks

        Data and the Internet

        Hour of code


        Basics recap



        Iteration (loops)


        Hour of Code


Cycle 3


        Digital graphics and purpose

        Design & Layout

        File types and formats




        Frame by frame

        Motion Tweening

        Text and buttons

        Adding sound effects

        Export/embed into a different piece of software


Computing KS4

Computer Science (9-1) – J277


Learning Cycle 1

Learning Cycle 2

Learning Cycle 3

Year 10

Unit 1.2 Memory and Storage

Unit 2.1 Algorithms

Unit 2.2 Programming Fundamentals

Unit 2.4 Boolean Logic

Unit 2.2 Programming Fundamentals

Practical Programming Skills

Unit 1.1 Systems Architecture

Unit 1.2 Memory and Storage

Unit 1.3 Computer networks, connections and protocols

Practical Programming Skills

Year 11

Unit 1.4 Network Security

Unit 1.5 Systems Software

Unit 1.6 Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impacts of digital technology 

Unit 2.3 Producing robust programs

Unit 2.5 Programming languages and Integrated Development Environments 

Practical Programming Skills Revision

Unit 2.1 Algorithms

Searching and Sorting Practical Programming Skills

Mock Exams + Theory Revision


KS4 – Imedia J807

Only YR11 left and they will be doing:-

R081 (external) – Mandatory Unit (25%) R087 (Interactive Multimedia Product) – 25%
September to Christmas (Exam January 9th 1hr 15 mins)

Coursework unit: Jan 2023 to Easter 

Deadline Easter 2023

R081: Retake option (June 2023)


KS4 – OCR Creative iMedia J834 (New Sept 2022)

This new course consists of 3 units of work, one of which is an external exam that has to be taken in the summer of YR11.

●       R093: Examination 40%

●       R094: Coursework 25%

●       R097: Coursework 35%

YR10 – September to Easter April to July

R094: Visual Identity & Digital Graphics

Mandatory coursework unit (25%)  

(submission Easter)

R097: Interactive Digital Media 

Coursework unit (35%)

YR11 – September to October half term November to May/June

R097: Interactive Digital Media

(submission October half term)

R093: Creative iMedia in the media industry External Exam R093 (40%)

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