KS5 ICT and Computing

BTEC Level 3: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology

This level 3 qualification is intended as a basic introduction to the study of IT alongside other fields of study. Equivalent in size to one A Level students study 4 units over 2 years.

This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in IT.

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.

Mandatory content (83%)

External assessment (58%)

OCR A Level Computer Science H446

This is a traditional A level qualification that includes 2 exams and a Controlled assessment.

  • Focus on programming, building on our GCSE Computing and emphasise the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Have an expanded maths focus, much of which will be embedded within the course.
  • Put computational thinking at its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • Allow student to apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real world systems in an exciting and engaging manner.
  • Give students a clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

Computer systems (40%) Algorithms and programming (40%) and Programming

Project (20%)

Computer systems

  • The characteristics of contemporary processors, input, output and storage devices
  • Software and software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Data types, data structures and algorithms
  • Legal, moral, cultural and ethical issues

Algorithms and programming

  • Elements of computational thinking
  • Problem solving and programming
  • Algorithms to solve problems and standard algorithms

Programming Project

The learner will choose a computing problem to work through according to the guidance in the specification.

  • Analysis of the problem
  • Design of the solution
  • Developing the solution
  • Evaluation

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.