Digital Communications

The faculty aims to give pupils a clear focus on the understanding of how a computer works. This knowledge allows them to gain a deeper understanding of how systems work. There is a strong emphasis on the pupils using different programming languages to produce their own outcomes, this we believe allows pupils to become fully autonomous with their learning and provides a clear opportunity for creative freedom. Studying this prepares the pupils with the knowledge and skills that they will need for study in Key Stage 4.

Curriculum Overview

  • KS3 – Computer Science, ICT & Digital Literacy
  • KS4 – Computer Science GCSE
  • KS4 – Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia
  • KS4 – Business Studies GCSE
  • KS4 – Travel & Tourism BTEC

KS3 Computer Science Topics Covered:

  • Year 7 – 1 period of Computing including an introduction to computer systems, spreadsheet software, a programming language and e-safety
  • Year 8 – 1 period of Computing building on the knowledge from Year 7, students study e-safety, another programming language, hardware and software systems and computer game design
  • Year 9 – 1 period of Computing. Students will study a third programming language and more advanced concepts of Computer Science and continue to consider e-safety

Options Offered at the end of Year 9

GCSE Computer Science
Exam Board: OCR
No. of Exams: 2

  • Paper 1: Computer Systems – 40%

    In this unit students will learn a range of computer science theory including systems architecture; memory; storage; wired and wireless networks; network topologies, protocols and layers; system security; system software; and legal, ethical and environmental concerns.

  • Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming 40%

    In this unit students will learn a range of programming skills including: algorithms; programming techniques; producing robust programs; computational logic; translators and facilities of languages; and data representation.

  • Controlled Assessment: Programming Project 20%

    This assessment is completed over a period of 20 hours and involves learners coding a computer system based on a brief provided by the exam board. Learners will be expected to showcase their skills at: programming techniques; analysis; design; development; testing; evaluation and forming conclusions.

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia
Exam Board: OCR Cambridge Nationals
No. of Exams: 1

  • R081: Pre-production skills – Written exam 1hr 15 mins 25%

    This unit will enable students to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.

  • R082: Creating digital graphics – Coursework assessed task 25%

    The aim of this unit is for students to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation.

  • R085: Creating a multipage website Coursework assessed task 25%

    This unit will enable students to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable them to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website.

  • R092: Developing digital games Coursework assessed task 25%

    This unit will enable students to understand the basics of creating digital games and their environments for the creative and digital media sector. It will enable them to create a playable game from an existing design or brief.


GCSE Business Studies

Exam Board: Edexcel
No. of Controlled Assessments: – 1 (25%)
No. of exams: – 2 (25% and 50%)

  • Investigating a Small Business – 25% Controlled Assessment

    You will investigate a business in the local community and suggest ways in which it can improve its performance.

  • Understanding Small Business – 25% Exam

    You will learn about how small businesses operate and the skills an entrepreneur requires to set up and run a business.

  • Business Communication 50% Exam

    You will learn about how businesses communicate with a range of different stakeholders and you will also develop your own communication skills.


BTEC Travel and Tourism

Exam Board: Edexcel
No. of exams: – 1 Exam (25%), 3 classroom based assessments (75%)

  • Unit 1 UK Travel and Tourism Destinations – 25% Class based assessment

    You will learn about popular UK travel and tourism destinations and investigate how different destinations appeal to different visitor types.

  • Unit 2 International Travel and Tourism Destinations – 25% Class based assessment

    You will learn about popular international travel and tourism destinations and plan holidays for different visitor types.

  • Unit 3 Customer Service in the Travel and Tourism Sector – 25% Class based assessment

    You will learn about the importance of customer service and investigate good practice in the travel and tourism sector.


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