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Computing and IT Department

The Computing and IT Department’s core purpose at KS3 is to deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum through outstanding teaching and learning.  Our aim is to develop our students into 21st Century Digital Citizens who are able to learn, communicate and collaborate safely and responsibly.

Overview of KS3

In Year 7 students have one lesson a week.  Throughout Year 7 students are taught a comprehensive range of topic areas, from using the G-Suite Apps for Education to computer programming using Scratch.  The curriculum builds on three main strands:

Each half-term students complete a new module covering the main strands as mentioned above.  Students are assessed every half-term on prior skills and knowledge based on the prior learning in all completed modules.  Within these modules we have placed emphasis on developing transferable computing and IT knowledge, understanding and skills.  

In Year 8 students can opt to study Computing and IT where they will have one lesson a week.  Students build on the skills and knowledge that they have learned in Year 7. Students will cover areas such as spreadsheet modelling using Microsoft Excel, text-based computer programming using Small Basic and sound editing using Audacity.  Like in Year 7, each half-term students complete a new module covering the main strands as mentioned above. Students are assessed every half-term on prior skills and knowledge based on the prior learning in all completed modules.

Progression Opportunities

The Year 8 curriculum allows students to progress to both the Computer Science and/or Information Technology subject options at Key Stage 4.

Overview of KS4

In Year 9, students will complete a number of units that will prepare them for the start of the BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology which will begin in January of Year 9.

The units will provide the analytical, design and evaluative skills that will be needed to be successful in the course.

Because the course is an IT course, students will build upon the IT skills learned in a number of Year 9 units allowing them to prepare them for the tasks in Year 10.

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that is externally assessed.

The three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned.

How is it assessed?

The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.

In Year 10 students will complete 2 coursework units:

For more information about the course, please contact Mr Cooper, pcooper@wickersley.net.


Curriculum Intent

Please be aware these documents are only draft versions.

IT and Computing

All BTEC results have been emailed to student school email accounts 02.09.2020