ICT and computing

ComputingCurriculum coverage at key stage 3

Students follow a fantastically well designed computing curriculum, provided by Hodder Education. This gives students an understanding of the way in which computers work and how they can be used both in our everyday lives and in the world of work. Concepts such as algorithms, decomposition, binary, programming and many more are introduced and developed. There is a bespoke pathway from year 7 through to the end of year 9 which prepares students fully for any future learning they may decide to do in this area.

Years 7, 8 and 9 units
As computing is new to the curriculum at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, and to take account of the vast differences between this and traditional ICT, all year groups in KS3 are following a broadly similar path in order to give them a sound grounding of knowledge. Lessons and activities are adapted to meet the needs of all students, including those who are ready for a higher challenge in their learning.


  • Under the hood of a computer/Think like a computer scientist
  • Drawing and manipulating Shapes/Creating an animation
  • How the web works/Web page creation from the ground up
  • Designing for HCI: a handheld digital device/ design an operating system interface
  • The foundations of computing/Representing images
  • Programming a calculator/Programming a quiz

Curriculum coverage at key stage 4
OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1 and 2 Information and Communications Technology

This 2 year course encompasses 4 units, one of which is examined, and a second which is externally set. It looks at the use of ICT in society and the world of work, providing students with a range of skills that can be applied in future settings. Of the four units, 2 are mandatory. The remaining 2 can be selected by the teacher to give students access to a programme that inspires and motivates them to develop and learn the new skills needed.