All students study ICT at Key Stage 3 and will learn topics such as podcasting, introduction to programming, animation, e- safety and more. At Key Stage 4, some students choose GCSE ICT and others follow the vocational BTEC Extended certificate in IT (2010). At Key Stage 5, the school currently offers the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in ICT.

Key Stage 3

Within ICT Key Stage 3, students follow a wide programme of study that includes a variety of different units, including: internet safety, modelling, animation, scratch, computer programming, web design, audio and video.

Students are assessed in accordance with the National Curriculum on their problem solving skills, planning, and ability to use software. An important assessment strand is the evidence of students assessing their own work and making improvements. Students are therefore assessed through the practical tasks and practical tests as well as a number of written tests.

Key Stage 4

The school currently offers two different courses for Key Stage 4: the first course offered is the GCSE in ICT; the second course offered is BTEC in ICT.


This course consists of two units:

Unit 1

Living in a digital world

Students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts: learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move. They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.This unit is assessed by a 90 minute written exam.

Unit 2

Using digital tools

Consists of a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.This unit is completed in 40 hours under controlled assessment conditions. 


The Edexcel BTEC Award is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). All units are equally weighted to contribute to a student’s final grade. Students complete the following units: 

Unit 1

The online world

Students consider the following questions: How do websites work? How do emails reach computers? How does the use of computer applications affect daily life? This unit provides an introduction to the modern online world.This unit is assessed using an onscreen exam. The Edexcel exam board sets and marks the exam. The exam lasts for one hour and has 50 marks.

Unit 3


Digital portfolio

Students learn how to create a digital portfolio that includes a series of web pages with links to content that have been created. Students learn the effective use of multimedia assets such as images, sound and video to make an appealing and engaging portfolio.This unit is 100% coursework assessed internally by the school and externally verified by Edexcel exam board.

Unit 4

Digital animation

Students are introduced to the tools/techniques and processes that are used commercially when creating computer animation. Students investigate the range of applications and features of existing animation products or sequences that have been created for an intended audience and purpose. Students then apply their findings when creating their own computer animation.This unit is 100% coursework assessed internally by the school and externally verified by Edexcel exam board.

Unit 6

Digital graphics

Students investigate a range of applications and features of existing graphic products and consider their audience and purpose. They are able to apply some of what they discover to their own digital graphic products. Students design, create and test graphic products in a similar way to how it is done in industry and  are introduced to the technology and techniques used by professionals.This unit is 100% coursework assessed internally by the school and externally verified by Edexcel exam board. 



Exam board

Exam code





Year 10

Term 1

CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT- activity 1 and sources table

Term 2


Term 3


Year 11

Term 1

Digital devices


On the move

Operating online

Term 2

Online goods and services

Online communities

Issues relating to the use of ICT

Link to specification: http://www.edexcel.com/migrationdocuments/GCSE2010/GCSE_ICT_Spec_2012.pdf

Key Stage 5

The school currently offers the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in ICT. This is the equivalent of one A Level and students should have 5 GCSE grades A*-C before progressing onto this course.  Students who successfully complete this qualification will be well equipped to move onto degree courses and HNDs in related computer studies and business. The units that are covered are:  

Unit 1

Communication and Employability skills for IT

The aim of this unit is to ensure that students understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively, whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs. Students will develop and then deliver a given presentation to the class on a set topic. This will allow them to demonstrate how effective their communication skills are.

Unit 2


Computer systems

The aim of this unit is to enable students to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems. Students will set up a standalone computer system - installing appropriate hardware and software components.

Unit 17

Project planning with IT

The aim of this unit is to ensure students understand the processes and tools used for project management and are able to plan a project, follow the plan and review the project management process. This unit will be delivered alongside unit 28 and the website will become the actual project.

Unit 28

Website production

The aim of this unit is to enable a student to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites. Students will produce their own interactive website for a given need and purpose. 

Unit 30

Digital graphics

This unit aims to enable students to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity.

Unit 31

Computer animation

The aim of this unit is to ensure students understand types of animation and their uses and develop the knowledge and skills required to use software techniques to design and implement different types of animation. Students are given a brief and produce an animation which meets the requirements of this.