Subject: ICT

Head of Subject: Mrs C Knowles

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught ICT in mixed ability classes and are taught ICT for 1 hour a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 students Computer Science as a GCSE and this is a subject that is counted towards the English Baccalaureate. Students that opt to take Computer Science in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the OCR GCSE (9–1) in Computer Science J276. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of computer science
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts and principles of computer science
  • Analyse problems in computational terms:
    to make reasoned judgements
    • to design, program, evaluate and refine solutions



Overview of the ICT Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 What is ICT? What is ICT? Programming Programming Hardware and Software Hardware and Software
8 Photoshop Photoshop Web design Web design Programming skills and knowledge Programming skills and knowledge
9 Where did computing begin? Where did computing begin? Spreadsheets Spreadsheets Animation & Video Animation & Video


GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Computer Science for current Year 11 students is 72936. Click here to view the GCSE specification


The specification code for GCSE Computer Science for current Year 10 students is J276. Click here to view the GCSE specification


Teaching Staff

Mrs C Knowles Head of Faculty
Miss L Birchall Teacher of ICT
Mrs M Anderson Teacher of ICT