Computing and IT

“Computing lets people express their creativity and unlock solutions, and code is Computing’s universal language. All young people, including girls, deserve to be fluent in the language of the future.“
Lucy Sanders
CEO & Founder, NCWIT

In the fast changing world of Technology, it is vitally important that our students are digitally literate, able to use ICT as tool both during and after their time at Settle College and have a good foundation of knowledge and understanding in Computer Science. We strive to help students become independent learners, effective problem solvers and creative thinkers.

Computing department curriculum intent September 2021

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • To develop skills and understanding in desktop software
  • To develop knowledge on e-safety and how to protect yourself
  • To create an interactive web page using HTML and CSS
  • Develop a basic understanding of what is inside a computer and how networks work
  • Introduce students to programming through the new BBC micro:bit and game software

Year 8:

  • To further understanding and skills in desktop software
  • Develop skills in web design software
  • Develop further understanding of computer structure and how it works
  • Develop programming skills to make awesome applications such as the Shakespearian insult generator and an AI

Year 9:

  • Develop further understanding of computer software architecture and networking
  • Develop understanding of programme structures using game and mobile app development software
  • Explore Machine learning and Internet of Things



Key Stage 4

Creative imedia

This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. The hands on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

What happens in this course?

Students will undertake 3 controlled assessment units and 1 examined unit.
There are a variety of units to choose from including video, sound, animation, website design, photography and more.
We will discuss the choices with students at the start of the course and tailor to fit their needs and expectation.

GCSE in Computer Science

This three unit course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.
Students don’t need to have studied this subject before, and assessment is based on a written exam, a practical investigation and programming tasks.

What happens in this course?
This Computer Science GCSE is a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can also be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life.

GCSE 9–1 Computer Science is assessed through two written exams (each worth 50%) and a preparatory Programming Project.

Staff Names and Roles
Mrs E Partridge – Subject Leader ICT, Second in Technology

Key Stage 5

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Information Technology

Awarding Body

Useful Websites 

A Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is a two-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A-Level programmes or other Cambridge Technical courses.  The full Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-Level.  The Cambridge Technical Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS-Level.

Subject Staff
Mrs E Partridge (Subject Leader)

Student Comments
“I have enjoyed the computer structure course, taking computers apart and learning about how each part works. Overall, the subject is really interesting, you learn new things that you don’t notice in everyday life that you would just take for granted. I have noticed that it helps you with life skills and teaches you new ones such as how you should communicate in a job interview as well as learning about the subject.”

Course Requirements – Grade 4 or above in English or Maths.  Grade 5 or above in Computing or an IT qualification is preferred but not conditional

Course Description
We will cover the following units over the 2 years:
Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT (exam)
Unit 2: Global Information (exam)
Unit 6: Application design (coursework)
Unit 9: Product Development (coursework)
Unit 21: Web design and prototyping (coursework)

How will I be assessed?
There is a mixture of assessment.  Units in Year 12 and Year 13 will be set and marked by the class teacher.  Unit 1 and 2 will be externally assessed by external examinations.

Students’ work will be graded pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.  The Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-Level and carries UCAS points.  The Cambridge Technical Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, is equivalent to an AS-Level and carries UCAS points too.

Students who have followed this course have gone on to a wide range of courses and careers in apprenticeships and Higher Education courses, including programming and game design.

Employer and Higher Education Institution Recognition

The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.

They are industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because they suit such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.