In recent years there has been a strategic drive to introduce computing education into the curriculum. The teaching of Computer Science will help students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. It should also allow students to become competent and discerning users of information technology.

In order to fulfil these aims students are offered a variety of topics throughout their first two years at North Leamington School, designed to equip them with the knowledge and experience to make an informed choice moving into key stage 4 and beyond.


Key Stage 3 Computing

All students study Computing for one hour per week. Students cover a variety of topics and will have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in the use of application software, whilst also learning about computers, how they work and writing their own code.

The main topic areas that students will cover include:



Digital Literacy

How computers work (incl. Binary)
Control logic with Flowol software

Web Design including HTML
Graphic Design


Key Stage 4 ICT & Computer Science

Students have two options available (they can choose either or both) that they can study in years 9 through to 11.

GCSE Computer Science (OCR exam board). Following a course in GCSE Computer Science enables students to have a deep understanding of how computers work and how to create programs and solve problems using programming languages. The course explores the principles of digital technology and ‘computational thinking’, with coding at its core. Students need to be able to think logically, solve puzzles and be tenacious when the going gets tough.

Course Outline

Component 01 – Computer Systems Component 01 focuses on Computer Systems and will test student’s knowledge on how computers work. It is a written exam and makes up 40% of the assessment total.

Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming Component 02 is focused on computational thinking and algorithms. Students will be tested on the elements of computational thinking and logic. They are principally assessed as to their ability to write, correct and improve algorithms. This written exam also contributes 40% of the assessment total.

Component 03 – Programming Project (non-exam assessment) This component is the non-exam assessment where candidates will be challenged by a range of exciting and engaging tasks to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned. This makes up the final 20% of the assessment total.


BTEC Information and Creative Technology is a vocational level 2 qualification which enable students to have a broad understanding of the use of computers and other technologies in the world around us.

It has been designed to inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems and not just consumers. The BTEC ICT allows students to become confident, independent users of common office based and multimedia IT applications.

Course Outline

Focused on graphics, animation, web design skills and the Internet.

Students must complete 2 core units:

An online exam (1 hour) – The Online World (How the Internet works and issues with using the Internet).

A digital portfolio — Students create web pages

In addition students complete a further 2 coursework units completed independently in lessons throughout Years 9 – 11 currently on graphics and animation.


Key Stage 5 Computer Science

Students follow the new AQA linear A-level.

A-Level Computing (AQA exam board) is a course strongly focused on computer programming, logical thinking, software and hardware. Students cover the published specification and are then examined usinga variety of assessment styles:

One two and a half hour on-screen exam, to test a student’s ability to program, as well as theoretical knowledge of the fundamentals of programming.(40% of A level

One two and a half hour written paper to test a student’s ability to understand and apply the prescribed learning. (40% of A level)

Non-exam assessment. Students undertake their own independent computing project, showcasing the knowledge and skills gained through following the prescribed A level curriculum. (20% of A level).




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