ICT and Computing

ICT and Computing Members of Staff:

  • Ms S Gregory: Head of ICT and Computing
  • Mr J. Vyse: Learning Technologies Coordinator

Subject Overview

In an ever changing, technologically advancing society it is necessary to equip our students with the desired skills needed for future life and work. With new technological jobs emerging that did not previously exist, it is vital that students are digitally literate, logical and adaptable thinkers who have the knowledge and skills to meet ever challenging and new demands of future society. The Royal Society has identified three distinct strands within computing, each of which is complementary to the others: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL). (See https://royalsociety.org/ education/policy/computing-in-schools/report/ for further details.) Each component is essential in preparing pupils to thrive in an increasingly digital world.(http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/index.php?id=secondary)


The new national curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people in England with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students currently study a range of ICT and Computing projects.


Discrete ICT and Computing

In Year 7 students create a MicroPet within the Technology Rotation. They plan, design, create and program a MicroBit that acts like a pet.












In Year 8 and 9 students have an hour a week of ICT and Computing and cover a range of topics including:

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Ride Simulation using Scratch
  3. Coding with Python
  4. Spreadsheets
  5. Databases
  6. PC Basics
  7. HTML and Web Design
  8. Kodu

The curriculum covers a variety of topics and different software to give students a broad background of knowledge and skills within ICT and Computing.

Cross Curricular ICT

In order to develop the ICT and Computing skills taught in Key Stage 3, many other subjects use ICT skills to enhance their own topics.

Subjects and Projects include:

  • Oxbow Lakes Animations
  • Digital Music Creation
  • Artistic Imagery

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4 students can opt to take the OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia.


Course Details

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will provide learners with opportunities to develop, desirable, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.

The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will also challenge all learners, including high attaining learners, by introducing them to demanding material and techniques; encouraging independence and creativity and providing tasks that engage with the most taxing aspects of the National Curriculum.

How will I be assessed?

The OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

Unit Assessment Method Description
Pre-production skills Written paper

OCR set and marked

1 hour 15 mins

Developing the students’ understanding of preproduction skills that are used in the creative and digital media sector.
Creating digital graphics Centre assessed tasks

OCR moderated

Plan and create new digital graphics to meet a specific client brief.
Creating interactive multimedia products Centre assessed tasks

OCR moderated

Creating an interactive multimedia product.
Creating a digital animation Centre assessed tasks

OCR moderated

Designing and developing a digital animation.


What skills will I gain from studying Creative I Media?

  • Knowledge of the main preproduction skills and techniques that are integral to the planning and creation process when developing digital solutions.
  • A range of skills in the use of digital packages to express creativity when designing a creative and digital media solution.
  • Awareness of the associated legal requirements.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia is equivalent in size to a GCSE.

The qualification is designed with both creative and practical elements. There is also synergy with practical subjects such as Information Technology and Computing where key elements such as the use of program coding, website design and legislative requirements are common themes.

Next steps for this course include the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT.

What should I do if I need any further information?

Speak to Ms S. Gregory or Mr J. Vyse.


OCR GCSE – Computer Science (9-1)



Course Details

Relevant to the modern, changing world of computing, it’s designed to boost computing skills essential for 21st century. The course has been created in conjunction with Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Computing At School (CAS).

The course includes a focus on cyber security and has emphasis on ‘computational thinking’.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes two exams (1.5 hours – 50% each) and one programming project.

What units do I study within OCR GCSE – Computer Science?

Component Title Content Overview
Computer Systems ·         Systems architecture

·         Memory

·         Storage

·         Wired and wireless networks

·         Network topologies, protocols and layers

·         System security

·         Systems software

·         Moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming ·         Algorithms

·         Programming techniques

·         Producing robust programs

·         Computational logic

·         Translators and facilities of languages

·         Data representation

Programming Project ·         Programming techniques

·         Analysis

·         Design

·         Development

·         Testing and evaluation and conclusions


Is there anything else I need to know?

  • Due to the technical nature of the content, to be accepted onto this course you would need to have a high level of competency in Maths.
  • Next steps for this course include the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT or A-Level Computer Science.

What should I do if I need any further information?

Speak to Ms S. Gregory or Mr J. Vyse.


Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Students also have the opportunity to study the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in after school study sessions.

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is the leading IT certification in the world. More than 1 million MOS exams are taken every year in over 140 countries. Students demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to productively use Microsoft Office.


MOS promotes success in the classroom for students (and instructors), builds individual distinction, and prepares students for an increasingly competitive workforce.

Units covered:

  • Microsoft Office Word
  • Microsoft Office Excel
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office Outlook


Key Stage 5

At KEVI Sixth Form, we offer the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT (http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/vocational-education-and-skills/cambridge-technicals-it-level-3-certificate-extended-certificate-introductory-diploma-foundation-diploma-diploma-05838-05842-2016-suite/)

Launching for first teaching September 2016, our Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT offer specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst.

Students will apply their practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

The course is 360 Guided Learning Hours which is equivalent to one A-level in terms of size.

Students will study two externally examined units and a choice of three further units which are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. A specialist pathway must be followed. The Application Developer pathway has been chosen to offer variety and breadth of skill to students. Students will be able to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding the IT sector required in the IT sector, and develop further skills.

Units covered:

  • Unit 1 Fundamentals of IT
  • Unit 2 Global Information
  • Unit 6 Application Design
  • Unit 9 Product Development
  • Unit 21 Web Design and Prototyping