Overview of the Subject

ICT & Computing allows students to develop a greater insight into how technology has evolved and indeed will continue to evolve over the coming years. Giving pupils knowledge and understanding of; Computing, ICT and Digital Literacy, we prepare our pupils for the world of tomorrow as we believe this subject is about working with people, solving problems, find solutions and making a difference to peoples’ lives.

At Guiseley School ICT & Computing initially focuses on introducing a range of the units from the 3 different strands (Computing, ICT and Digital Literacy). These units are further developed upon in years 8 and 9 where the key focus is embedding and refining the skills of the students. Much of our teaching and learning happens through video tutorials created by our team. These personalised tutorials have not only developed student independence but have increased levels of engagement and enjoyment in lessons.

Students are provided with a range of opportunities throughout the key stage to gain a solid understanding of how computers functions and how to program efficiently using different programming languages. Students learn how to use different graphics, animation and games development applications. E-Safety is a primary focus at Guiseley School and will be delivered during the early stages of the key stage. Some of the issues that will be covered include cyber crime, cyber security and use safe of social media.

The program of study covers a selection from the following:

Year 7:

  • E-Safety
  • Digital Literacy
  • Programming
  • Graphics
  • 3D Modelling
  • Animation
  • How computers work

Year 8:

  • E-Safety
  • Digital Literacy
  • Programming in Python
  • Graphics
  • App Development
  • HTML Coding

Year 9:

  • E-Safety
  • Digital Literacy
  • Programming in Python
  • Games Design
  • Data Representation

Computing and ICTi s a popular choice at KS4, with many of our students choosing either Computer Science as one of their options. There are two routes for pupils for choose from and these are:

Optional – Cambridge Nationals ICT

This is a two year course comprising of 4 units, one of which is exam based and the other three are course work based. This course is equivalent to one GCSE. The two mandatory units studied are:

  • Understanding computer systems
  • Using ICT to create business solutions

The further two optional units are decided from the following strands:

  • Business Information Systems
  • Creative
  • Technical
  • Learner initiated project

Optional - OCR Computer Science GCSE

This is a two year course compromising of three units, two one of which are exam based and the other a non-exam assessment.

  • Computer Systems (40% exam)
  • Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (40% exam)
  • Programming Project (20% non-exam assessment)
  • Unit A452: Practical Investigation - scenario based controlled assessment

We offer a curriculum that is well suited and catered for individuals wishing to pursue a career in ICT/Computing. A wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities are available.

The course is made up of a number of units. The core units are:

Core Units:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global Information

Some of optional units students may be taught:

  • Internet of Everything
  • Product Development
  • Project Management
  • Developing a Smarter Planet
  • Application Design
  • Mobile Technology
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing

The choice of optional units will depend on the students’ skills and interest in the current year cohort, as well as the resource availability.

Student A
“Continuing with ICT at Post 16 enabled me to get onto an apprenticeship in the IT industry which means I am now learning and being paid!”
Student B
“I really enjoyed making apps in year 8. I have made many more in my own time”
Student C
“So pleased with my results for the GCSE Computing, looking forward to Post 16!”