Welcome to Computing

We are well equipped and resourced with three dedicated IT suites containing modern PC computer hardware and software.

Meet the Team


Ms J Bloom

Head of Computing and Technology email:

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Mrs L Carroll

Teacher of Business and ICT email:

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Key Stage 3

Within Key Stage 3 students study a range of programmes in preparation for them choosing either ICT or Computing as their option subject. It is important to recognise that this is a crucial stage of student’s learning, one which can allow for firm foundations going into Key Stage 4.
Students will learn fundamental skills with ICT applications that are part of the Microsoft Office package. These skills can then be used in subsequent years and can be used cross-curricular. These skills will help prepare students for the ICT qualification offered at key stage 4.
Year 7
The focus for year 7 is ICT skills and basic programming including:
• e-Safety
• Presentations
• Spreadsheets
• Word Processing
• micro: bit Programming

Year 8

The focus for year 8 is Fundamentals of Computer Science and Programming including:
• e-Safety
• Computing Theory
• Programming
• Trends in Computing


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Ms J Bloom, Head of Department.

Key Stage 4

There are three courses currently being taught:
 Edexcel GCSE in Information and Communication Technology [Year 11]
 Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business [Year 10]
ICT [Year 9] details TBC

The Edexcel GCSE in ICT comprises two units – Units 1 and 2.
The Edexcel GCSE in ICT (Double Award) comprises four units – Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
Topic 1. Personal digital devices
Topic 2. Connectivity
Topic 3. Operating online
Topic 4. Online goods and services
Topic 5. Online communities
Topic 6. Issues

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
Topic 1. Research and information gathering
Topic 2. Modelling
Topic 3. Digital publishing
Topic 4. Evaluating outcomes
Topic 5. Working efficiently and safely

Unit 3: Exploring Digital Design
Topic 1. Digital products
Topic 2. Design elements
Topic 3. Design principles
Topic 4. The user-centred design process
Topic 5. Quality assurance
Topic 6. Design documentation

Unit 4: Creating Digital Products
Topic 1. Investigate and review digital products
Topic 2. Proposal
Topic 3. Design
Topic 4. Development
Topic 5. Testing and refinement
Topic 6. Showcase
Topic 7. Evaluating outcomes
Topic 8. Working efficiently and safely

Edexcel GCSE in ICT is assessed in the following way:


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs L Carroll, subject teacher

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business

Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH.

Core units

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World
A Know how trends and the current business environment may impact on a business
B Plan an idea for a new business
C Present a business model for a business start-up

Unit 2: Finance for Business
A Understand the costs involved in business and how businesses make a profit
B Understand how businesses plan for success
C Understand how businesses measure success and identify areas for improvement

Optional units

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand
A Explore the use of branding and the promotional mix in Business
B Develop and promote a brand for a business

Unit 4: Principles of Customer Service
A Understand how businesses provide customer service
B Demonstrate appropriate customer service skills in different situations

Unit 5: Sales and Personal Selling
A Explore the role of sales staff
B Demonstrate personal selling skills and processes

Unit 6: Introducing Retail Business
A Explore the structure and organisation of retail business
B Investigate the relationship between retail business and the external environment

Unit 7: Providing Business Support
A Understand the purpose of providing business support
B Use office equipment safely for different purposes
C Organise and provide support for meetings

Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment
A Know about job roles and functional areas in business
B Produce documentation for specific job roles
C Demonstrate interview skills and plan career development

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Business is assessed in the following way:

This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Pearson sets and marks (external). The externally assessment is an onscreen test under examination conditions and lasts 1 hour.
Externally assessed units have the same grades as internally assessed units:
● Level 2 – Pass, Merit, Distinction
● Level 1
● Unclassified.


If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs L Carroll, subject teacher

Enrichment Opportunities for Computing

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.