Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Using a mixture of ICT and Computer Science in Key Stage 3 we aim to develop the necessary skills for the next generation of computer science students in Key Stage 4. Students will study programming languages binary, Java and python, as well as more universal ICT skills with word processing,presentation and spreadsheet skills. Students will give a baseline assessment and a summative test at the end of each term.

An idea of some of the topics that you will study in ICT at KS3:

  • E-Safety
  • Programming Scratch
  • Programming in Scratch/Python
  • Spreadsheets
  • Programming/Java

KS4 Information Communication Technology

Course title and type of qualification: Cambridge Nationals Certificate/Diploma

What will I learn?

In today’s workplace the ability to use ICT is an essential skill with employers a high level of ability in the use of applications and manipulation of data. Students have the opportunity to study units for the Certificate or Diploma qualifications. The course comprises the following units:

R001: Understanding computer systems

This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

R002: Using ICT to create business solutions

Learners will use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace, schools, and in further and higher education. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to complete tasks to meet specified business requirements in a variety of contexts.

R004: Handling data using databases

On completion of this unit learners will be able to modify an existing database and produce a relational database. They will also be able to create queries to interrogate a database and find specific records and produce reports based on the results of these queries and create a user interface for the database.

R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components

This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating interactive product. Interactive products are used widely in everyday life; from visiting a website, ordering online products, using mobile phone applications, viewing a presentation, e-learning products or playing computer games.

  • R003: Handling data using spreadsheets
  • R008: Introduction to computer programming
  • R009: Exploring computer hardware and networks
  • R010: Developing control systems

How will I be assessed?

R001 is assessed with a written paper of 1 hour duration.

All other units are centre assessed and OCR moderated using centre or OCR produced tasks.

What could I move onto?

This course will provide excellent progression to A Level Computer Science and into Vocational ICT courses. These provide progression to degree level courses in the areas of computing, engineering and science. Whilst this specification is not specifically mapped to any particular industry standard IT qualifications it will provide a sound preparatory basis of study for them. In addition the course provides the knowledge, skills and understanding that a growing number of employers are demanding.

Examination Board: OCR

Links & Resources

Links & Resources

Bishop Young C of E Academy

Bishops Way
LS14 6NU

Tel: 0113 273 9100
Fax: 0113 273 4216

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552