Purpose of Study

Computing aims to develop students understanding of the impact that ICT has on society. It prepares young people to embrace changes in technological advancements which are leading the way in career pathways in the very near future. It allows them creativity to flourish and gives them high quality skills to compete in creative and technological industries. It develops students capabilities of computational thinking and provides skills to become safer more responsible users of digital devices.

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About the Department

There are five full-time staff who teach the computing subjects across all 5 years. Lessons are taught in five dedicated computing rooms with every child having access to PCs. Year 7 and Year 8 students undertake two periods of dedicated ICT/Computing periods each week.

At Key Stage 4, students may opt to take a range of IT based courses in GCSE ICT/CiDA, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Business Studies, BTEC Media and BTEC Digital Information tECHNOLOGY. Students are taught across three periods a week on those courses.

Essential Mix is the key knowledge and skills that a Year 7 or 8 student must have mastered to progress to the following year.

Click on the link below to view the computing Year 7 Essential Mix:


Click on the link below to view the computing Year 8 Essential Mix:


These are the courses run by computing for Years 9, 10 and 11. The links takes you to the specification of the courses:

Certification in Digital Applications (CiDA)


GCSE Computer Science (Edexcel)


GCSE Business Studies (Edexcel)


BTEC Technical Award in Creative Media Production


BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology