Key Stage 4

At KS4 the ICT Department offer two GCSE Courses.


This course is made up of two units:

UNIT 1 – Living in the digital world (40%)

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

This unit is externally assessed with a written exam paper at the end of the course.

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools (60%)

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1.

This unit is assessed through Controlled assessment tasks provided by the exam board.

OCR GCSE Computing

This course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming which many students find absorbing. Students will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills which can be transferred into everyday life.

There are three units in this course:

A451: Computer systems and programming

Student explores a range of computational theory. This is externally assed with a written exam

A452: Practical investigation

This is on a chosen topic from a list of options provided by the exam board. Students will produce an in-depth investigative report which is assessed by controlled assessment.

A453: Programming project

In this unit students create solutions to computing tasks chosen from a set of options provided by the exam board. Students will have the opportunity to put their programing theory from unit A4521 into practice, this unit is also assessed through controlled assessment.