ICT & Computing

Department Information

Year 7 IT Skills:

In Year 7 all pupils are given 1 lesson a week in IT skills. This is to teach them the basic skills needed to create well-structured documents using the correct software and to produce professional results. They will use gained skills throughout their time at Rodillian to produce work for other subjects and may also be used into further and higher education.

Year 7 Computing:

Throughout Key Stage 3, students compile portfolio evidence for each unit, which is assessed at regular intervals the topics covered are:
• Digital Safety
• Sequencing
• Website Design
• 3d Printing
• Computer Hardware & Software
• Programming

Year 8 Computing:

Like in year 7, students compile portfolio evidence for each unit, which is assessed at regular intervals, the topics cover different aspects of computer science that are covered in Year 7. This ensure that if computer science has been chosen for the first or second time everyone will be able to access the work, the covered topics are:
• Digital Safety
• Computer Systems (Building a computer)
• Representation of Data
• Python Programming
• Design with 3D Printing

Year 9 Computer Science:

In year 9, pupils can choose to do a Computer Studies ‘Pre-Option’. This allows pupils to do a one-year computer science course that is similar to the GCSE course that they may opt to do the following year. The pre-option computer science course gives pupils an excellent grounding in the subject should they choose to do it the following year as a GCSE.

Year 10 & 11 GCSE Computer Science

1. Examinations: Paper 1:
• Computer Systems (50%) – 1 Hour 30 Mins
2. Examinations: Paper 2:
• Computational thinking, algorithms & Programming (50%) – 1 Hour 30 Mins
3. Programming Project

All students going into year 10 are able to take GCSE Computing as an option. It is a linear course which means both exams will be taken at the end of the 2 year course. As a requirement for the course, all students will undertake a programming project, in this project they will design, create, test & evaluate a computer program based on a real world scenario.

What will you study?

• Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and how they work.
• Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs.
• Become independent and discerning users of IT.
• Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of IT in a range of contexts.
• Develop computer programs to solve problems.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs.
• Solutions and the impact of computer technology in society.


A GCSE in computing is designed to give students the opportunity to develop highly sought-after knowledge and skills, whether they’re for the workplace or for everyday life. It gives students a stepping stone on to Further & Higher education courses such as Software development, Games programming and more.

Departmental Staff

Mr D Fowler – Head of Computing and ICT – [email protected]

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk – this website has lots of useful information on online safety and students across all years are encouraged to view it.
http://moodle.rodillianacademy.co.uk – this is the department website for ICT where students can find resources and upload work to be marked as well as see marking from their teachers.
www.teach-ict.com – this website gives many helpful resources and reading which would be useful at all key stages.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ict/ – a useful website for KS4 students, this includes videos and help guides to walk students through a variety of tasks.
http://www.pythonschool.net/ – a useful website that contains a lot of python programming tutorials ranging from very basic to GCSE level programming.

The Rodillian Academy