KS4 ICT and Computing

From 2016 KS4 students had the option to choose either OCR GCSE Computer Science or the Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA).

GCSE Computer Science

The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.


Year 10 and 11

This is a two year linear course with two exam and a controlled assessment. The course is covered using a blended approach to students learning with elements from the 3 strands running concurrently. The CA is attempted in Year 11 to a board set brief.

Computer systems (40%)

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)

  • Algorithms *
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Programming project ** (20%)

  • Programming techniques
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Development
  • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

GCSE Computing (Year 11 only)

This is the final year of the J275 Computing course. Students have studied some of the A451 content and completed their A452 CA. In Year 11 we tackle A453 and the remaining A451 content before preparing for the exam.


Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Unit A453: Programming Project (30% Controlled Assessment)

OCR will issue a range of assessment tasks each consisting of up to three sub tasks.   The set of tasks within the controlled assessment will provide opportunities for the candidate to demonstrate practical ability to use the skills outlined in the specification for this unit.

Unit A451: Continued …

This unit of work covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

Unit A451: Final preparation for Examination

This unit of work covers the body of knowledge about computer systems on which the examination will be based.

Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)

This is a level 2 vocational qualification for creative learners with a passion for digital applications. The focus is to emphasise 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, website development and computer game production.

The course comprises of two assessed projects:

  • The planning, design, development, testing and evaluation of an original interactive  computer game for children aged 4-11.  (75% of the qualification)

Year 10

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Unit 4 – Game Making (75%  of the qualification)

Producing a game overview and a mood board.

Creating detailed designs and a specification for your game idea.

Unit 4 – Game Making

Learning how to code and develop a game following your game designs.

Implement a test plan for your game.

Unit 4 – Game Making

Learning how to code and develop a game following your game designs and test the game.

Creating a promotional campaign for the game.

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Unit 4 Game Making

Produce a game review and finalise project ready for external assessment.



Unit 1 – Web Programming (25% of the qualification)

Developing web authoring skills to design, create and test an interactive multimedia website.

Unit 1 Controlled Assessment Prep

Preparing pupils for their web authoring assessment.

Sitting the Controlled Assessment.

All CIDA coursework is internally assessed and externally moderated and grades A* – G.

  • Year 11 pupils who did not choose an ICT/Computing GCSE will all be studying the OCR Entry Level Computing qualification in Year 11. This is a Level 1 qualification that is recognised by most FE providers and can facilitate entry onto a range of post 16 Level 2 ICT qualifications.

Home Learning

We would encourage all students to code as much as they can. Practical home learning tasks will be set from time to time and can be completed using free online development tools.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter


Parent Guide: Understanding Cyber Bullying http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/cyber_bullying/


E-Safety for Parents http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/kentict_esafety_parents.cfm


Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than at primary school. But your interest and input will still be important and will help your child to do well in ICT & Computing.


Look for opportunities to talk to your child about ICT and how it has changed our society, in so many ways.  Children enjoy sharing what they are learning. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it’s more of a conversation than an interrogation.


Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with homework. Discuss the organisation of the work.