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"Any sufficiently designed technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Arthur C. Clarke

 Key Stage 3

Pupils study a number of topics that encompass a wide range of ICT and Computer Science disciplines, ranging from multimedia editing to programming using high level languages. As part of the KS3 curriculum, pupils are also able to develop transferrable skills valued by employers, such as creativity, analysis and problem solving.


KS3 topics:

  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Adobe Photoshop (graphical image editing)
  • Scratch (visual programming)
  • Computer Hardware
  • GameMaker (visual programming)
  • Python v3 (high level programming)
  • Cybersecurity
  • HTML and Web Development
  • Careers in ICT and Computing



In Years 11 and 12, pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE Computer Science (AQA) or GCSE Digital Technology (CCEA).

The GCSE Computer Science course contains a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical computational thinking & problem solving activities.


GCSE topics include:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming (Python)
  • Representing data
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Computer networks
  • Cybersecurity
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts
  • Software development and testing



In Years 13 and 14, pupils are able to study OCR Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma in ICT, a Level 3 qualification that is equivalent to 1 A Level.


OCR Technicals units:

  • Information Systems
  • Developing Games
  • Employability Skills for IT
  • Website Production
  • Digital Graphics
  • eCommerce



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