In Key Stage 3 Computing we aim to ensure students:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Students will learn to:

  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking (for example, ones for sorting and searching); use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
  • use 2 or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures (for example, lists, tables or arrays); design and develop modular programs that use procedures for functions
  •  understand simple Boolean logic (for example, AND, OR and NOT) and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers (for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal)
  • understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits
  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using  and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  • create, reuse, revise and re purpose digital artifacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness,k design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recongnise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns

In Key Stage 4

Students will take BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT

ECDL is proof of your digital literacy.  it is also a high quality, internationally recognised qualification, validated and approved by academic and global experts, and valued by employers around the work.  It is a Level 2 single award (equivalent to a GCSE grade C or higher).


This qualification develops your skills in the following 4 areas:

– Word Processing Software

– Spreadsheet Software

-Presentation Software

-Improving Productivity Using IT

Word Processing Software (Pass mark 75%)

  • Develops your ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge

Spreadsheet Software (Pass mark 75%)

  • Helps you to develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets, to creating chars and producing high-quality documents

Presentation Software (Pass mark 75%)

  • Shows you how to produce high-quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects

Improving Productivity using IT (Pass mark 55%)

  • Enables you to work more effectively with IT.  this unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing work process documents, presentations and spreadsheets