Computing & ICT – Subject Content

Key Stage 3
Pupils enter the Key Stage with a range of skills and amount of exposure to computing. Therefore, Year 7 provides a foundation year where pupils consolidate their knowledge with a series of half term units covering website design; control; use of spreadsheets and databases and a research project on homes of the future. Year 8 work on longer units finding integrated solutions to a set of problems by using a range of software and techniques. By Year 9 students are able to design simulated systems using drag and drop flowchart programming and games, using a visual programming environment.

Useful Link: Smart Homes and the Internet

Key Stage 4
Students are offered 2 choices at Key Stage 4. They can choose one or both of the following options..

Computing GCSE, following the OCR specification, which gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. This course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science. It also develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming.

Cambridge GCSE Computing Online is a great website for those studying GCSE Computing.


Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) which is a level 2 vocational qualification for creative learners with a passion for digital applications. It is therefore equivalent to 1 GCSE at Grade A*-C. The exam board is Edexcel.

The course focusses on creative computing. It aims to empower learners to play an active role in the digital sector rather than being simply consumers of digital content. Tailor made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries, the qualification covers imaging, creative multimedia and website development.

Useful Websites.

Testwood School Email

Smart Homes and the Internet

CiDA students

Sample of Unit 2 – Creative Multimedia

Computing students

Teach ICT – GCSE