ICT and Computing

ICT and Computing

ICT and Computing

Key Stage 3
Yr7 Assessment
Yr8 Assessment
Key Stage 4
Yr11 Assessment
Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7, students go through basic skills in a number of applications and also learn vital skills such as effective file management, web searching and use of online environments.

  • E-safety – My digital life being safe online.
  • History of Computing – making a presentation about the history of computing
  • Spread sheets – use of spread sheets to present and investigate data
  • Computing Math – Use of Binary and Hexadecimal
  • Binary Scratch – Develop a binary convertor using scratch
  • Programming – Small Basic programming intro

Year 8

In Year 8 students build upon and develop their skills in applications and also have the opportunity to build new knowledge in web authoring. Students look in more depth at the use of spread sheets, computing hardware and programming and also expand their ability to present and search for information.

  • Networking – How computers are network and The Internet
  • Future Technology – A look into the future using Prezi.
  • Becketbook – use of databases to create a Facebook clone offline
  • Cryptography – develop simple encryption in spreadsheets
  • Programming – Small Basic mini project


Key Stage 4

Please select the link for Computing GCSE Knowledge Organisers

GCSE (Exam Board: ICT – The Learning Machine / Computer Science – OCR)

TLM Level 2 Certificate for IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise

Why should I study this subject?

Have you ever thought up a password for a social networking site like Facebook or an email address? Have you ever chosen a mobile phone after considering its features? Have you ever gone shopping online? Have you ever used a laptop, mobile or tablet PC to access online content? Do you want a good grounding in ICT skills to take you further in college, University and your career?

What will I be doing in lessons?
The theoryyou will be learning about different kinds of devices such as laptops and digital cameras and the processors, storage and other features that they have. You will also find out about different kinds of networks and how devices connect. This will be rounded off with a look into online goods and services, such as online stores and applications and socialising online, investigating how these work and their benefits and drawbacks.

The skills – you will extend your skills in a variety of software applications, including:-

  • Databases – to store and search for information
  • Internet – using internet for research and to use online applications such as Google docs
  • E-mail – to send messages and sign-up for accounts
  • Presentations – to make simple animations
  • Spreadsheets – to track finances and to model scenarios and situations
  • Word processing – for letters and other straight forward documents
  • Web Design – creating simple websites
  • Desk Top Publishing – to create leaflets, posters etc.
  • Image manipulation – creating logos and editing images
  • Video editing – making podcasts and editing recorded video footage
  • Animation – to make web banners and assets for use on websites

Coursework, E-assessment, Multiple Choice Examination, Practical Demonstration/Assignment, Written Examination


Computer Science

Why should I study this subject?

  • If when you use a PC you find yourself thinking ‘What is going on inside the computer when I press this?’
  • If you are the kind of person who takes things apart to find out ‘how they work’.
  • If you have used software and thought ‘I think I could make something better’.
  • If you enjoy working hard to solve a problem.
  • If you are willing to take up programming at home as a hobby.

What will I be doing in lessons?

Topic 1: Problem Solving

  • Students are expected to develop a set of computational thinking skills that enable them to understand how computer systems work, and design, implement and analyse algorithms for solving problems.

Topic 2: Programming

  • Students should be competent at designing, reading, writing and debugging computer programs.

Topic 3: Data

  • Computers store and manipulate large quantities of data. Students are expected to learn how different types of data are represented in a computer using binary data.

Topic 4: Computers

  • Students must be familiar with the hardware and software components that make up a computer system and recognise that computers take many forms from embedded microprocessors to distributed clouds.

Topic 5: Communication and the Internet

  • Many computer applications in use today would not be possible without networks. Students should understand the key principles behind the organisation of computer networks.

Topic 6: The Bigger Picture

  • Students should be aware of the influence of emerging trends in computing technology and that this impacts on the world in which they live.

What skills will help me do well in this subject?

In order to be successful in the course students will need to be able to solve problems independently and groups. To help them with this they will develop skills in designing algorithms and computer programming. Students will also be able to evaluate the effectiveness and success of their solutions, as well as other peoples, and the impact computer systems can have on society.

Component 1 (40%) 1hr 40 Principles of Computer Science

Component 2 (40%) 2 hr Application of Computational Thinking

Component 3 (20%) 20 hours Project

Yr11 Assessment

Please click the link below to access the Computing Personal Learner Checklist:

Personal Learner Checklist – Computing


Please click the link below to access the ICT Personal Learner Checklist:

Personal Learner Checklist – ICT


Key Stage 5

Computing AS and A2

What are the Entry Requirements?

Along with the basic entry requirements to The Becket Sixth the Computing course requires the following:

  • An interest in the subject and a willingness to learn
  • A hard-working attitude including being prepared to work outside of lessons in order to practice the skills you have learnt in class
  • A B in GCSE Maths

You will not be expected to have studied a computing or ICT related course at GCSE in order to take the AS or the full A Level in Computing.

Course Content

The content of each module can be found below.

AS is 100% Exam. The two units are worth 50% each for AS.

Computing Principles

Candidates will learn:-

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors.
  • Software and Software Development
  • Exchanging Data
  • Data Types and Algorithms
  • Legal and Ethical Issues

Algorithms and problem solving

Candidates will learn:-

  • The principles of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and Programming
  • Algorithms

A2 is 80% Exam and 20% Coursework. Each exam unit is worth 40% each.

Computing Systems (01)

Candidates will learn:-

  • Characteristics of contemporary processors.
  • Software and Software Development
  • Exchanging Data
  • Data Types and Algorithms
  • Legal and Ethical Issues