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:

  • Digital Safety
  • with sequencing
  • Programming
  • Computer Hardware & Software
  • Video Creation

Year 8 Computing:

Throughout Key Stage 3, students compile portfolio evidence for each unit, which is assessed at regular intervals:

  • 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 GCSE Computer Science

1. Examinations: Paper 1:

a. Computer Systems (40%) – 1 Hour 30 Mins

2. Examinations: Paper 1:

a. Computational thinking, algorithms & Programming (40%) – 1 Hour 30 Mins

3. Controlled Assessment

a. Programming Project (20%)

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 with the controlled assessment only becoming available in the September of the final year.

Year 11 GCSE Computing (Legacy Course):

1. Examinations: Paper 1:

a. Computer systems and programming (40% of total marks) – 1 hour 30 min.

2. Controlled Assessment:

a. Controlled Assessment 1:  Practical investigation (30% of total marks).

b. Controlled Assessment 2:  Programming project (30% of total marks).

All students going into year 11 were able to take GCSE Computing as an option. It is a linear course which means the exam will be taken after all other elements have been completed and at the end of the course. This is a technical course with requires logical thinking and problem solving skills to be developed and enhanced, this is to give students knowledge in how software works and is created.

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]

Mr P Ahern – Teacher of Computing and ICT

Mr M Singh – Teacher of Computing and ICT



There is a Computer club running on Wednesday after school in ICT3 starting at 2:30 until 3:30 this starts after October half term and will run through to Easter, all year 7’s and 8’s are welcome. For further information about this club contact Mr Ahern or any member of the Computing staff.


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.

Cambridge Computing

Python School

Student access to computing department / Moodle


The Rodillian Academy