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Computer Science/ICT

Course description 

Computer Science

Computer Science, including ICT is compulsory for all students in Years 7 and 8. Students are currently able to select GCSE ICT and GCSE Computer Science in Key Stage 4. Selecting Computer Science will provide these students with a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and enable them to greatly extend the programming skills acquired in Key Stage 3.


Ingots- IT User Skills (Key Stage 4 only)

Ingots is a practical ICT course that develops students’ skills across a range of ICT packages. Studying ICT gives you the knowledge and understanding to use a variety of software packages which are commonly used in all lines of business, education, retail and industry. In addition you will gain an understanding of how the recent advances in technology and the world of work and leisure affect us all.

By studying packages and their practical applications, you can ensure that you have a solid grounding to use any software package to a high level. Studying ICT also supports creativity and logical thinking, to help support your other option choices and includes project planning skills

Key Stage 3 

The programme of study that all students follow has evolved from the National Curriculum teaching objectives for Key Stage 3 and includes work using the following:

  • Office 2016 Professional
  • Serif software suite
  • Scratch
  • Python
  • Kodu
  • Future Technology

We are continuously developing the resources and tasks for Key Stage 3 as new software, apps and programs are launched. At Wayland Academy we continue to reinforce e-Safety throughout all years and educate students about current and relevant issues such as social media.

Key Stage 4 


Those selecting ICT will cover the practical use of software applications in order to deliver a practical solution to a particular audience for a specific purpose. This includes image manipulation, presentation of information, manipulation of data, multimedia and much more besides.

Computer Science

Students will, no doubt, be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, GCSE Computer Science will give them an insight into what goes on 'behind the scenes', including computer programming, which students find absorbing.

Those students who select Computer Science will work towards the OCR Computer Science GCSE. Computer Science continues to advance rapidly and the way in which technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. This course aims to provide those businesses with technologically aware individuals who are able to programme and create the applications of tomorrow.


Exam board TLM Level 2 Certificate for IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (QCF)

Target Audience
• Improving Productivity using ICT

• Purpose of Common Applications

• Online Safety and Security
• Methods of Presentation of

• Copyright and Patents
• Common File Types
• ICT Systems
• Application Costs
• Project Planning
• Software Characteristics

• Acceptable Use Policy


Component 1 – Practical Use of ICT

• Pupils will submit a number of controlled assessment units (approx 5) covering a range of practical use of ICT from the presentation of work, graphic design, working with images, sound or multimedia.

• Completion of component 1 is required to sit the exam.

Component 2 – Computing Fundamentals
• Onscreen ICT Theory Exam


Homework is set through show my homework.

Activities involves research for INGOT modules.

Books, Equipment, Materials and Resources Recommended/Needed 

Computer access.

Opportunities for Study beyond Key Stage 4 

The purpose of these qualifications is to recognise the development of IT User Skills directly related to the National Occupational Standards. They support progression to higher level qualifications in digital technologies. They are complementary to Tech Awards in Product Manufacture and Design, Engineer and Construct. Anyone wanting to develop their knowledge and understanding of IT applications in order to hone practical skills relevant to learning and the world of work will benefit from these qualifications.

The structure of the units enables a simple step into formal qualifications for those with little or no experience. Preparing learners for technological change when most information is freely available from the internet, is key to 21st Century learning.

Career Opportunities Supported By This Subject 

•IT User, Computing, Design Engineer Construct, Enterprise, Business Management, Food Safety, Additive Manufacture

Promotes lifelong learning

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