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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Computing & ICT

Welcome to the Computing and ICT Department, part of the Vocational Faculty. Computing has never been more important in the modern work environment than it is today. Our computing curriculum has been designed to teach students a wide range of skills that modern day organisations look for in their employees.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 Overview from Autumn 1 – Summer 2
NC Computing KS3

Term Unit of Work
Term 1

Transition Task: Introduction to the School ICT system.

Term 1 Continued Hardware and Software

Term 2


Introduction to  HTML
Term 2 Continued

Using flowcharts to break down information and provide step-by-step solutions.

Term 3

Introduction to programming Part 1

Term 3 Continued

Introduction to programming Part 2

Information Technology Theory - ITT

Year 8

Year 8 Overview from Autumn 1 – Summer 2
NC Computing KS3

Term Unit of Work
Term 1 Understanding Computers
Term 1 Continued Data Representation
Term 2  Introduction to Python
Term 2 Continued Networks
Term 3 Cyber Security
Term 3 Continued Basic Spreadsheets

Year 9

Year 9 Overview from Autumn 1 – Summer 2
NC Computing KS3

Term Unit of Work
Term 1 Computational Thinking
Term 1 Continued

Advanced Spreadsheets

Term 2 Advanced Python
Term 2 Continued Database Development
Term 3 Multimedia
Term 3 Continued Computer Graphics - Photoshop

At KS4, we are offering two qualifications:

  1. the OCR GCSE 9-1 Computer Science
  2. the OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technology


Year 10 and 11 OCR GCSE 9-1 in Computer Science  

In 2021-2022, GCSE Computer Science students

Year 10 will be starting the new specification J277

Year 11 will be continuing with the J277 started in September 2020.


Year 10 & 11

Term Unit of work

Year 10: Term 1

Transitional tasks

Year 10: Term 1

Paper 1 topics

Systems Software

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental impact

Systems architecture

Memory and storage

Data representation

Year 10: Term 2

Paper 1 topics

Computer networks, connections and protocols
Network security

Year 10: Term 3


Paper 2 topics

Computational thinking


Programming fundamentals

Year 11: Term 1

Paper 2 topics

Programming fundamentals

Programming project

Logic and languages

Revision paper 1 topics

Year 11: Term 2 & 3

Papers 1 and 2

Revision and consolidation Paper 1 and Paper 2 topics


Year 10 and 11     OCR Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in IT, J808   Entry Code: J808

Both examination components will be taken in Year 11

RO12 external examination takes place in January of Y11

RO13 internal coursework examination takes place between Jan-May of Y11.


Year 10 & 11

Term Unit of Work

Year 10: Term 1



  • Stages of the project life cycle
  • Interaction and iteration      
  • Initial project considerations
  • Planning tools and software   


  • Initiating a project by analysing the requirements to a given context


  • Prevention Measures 

  • Implications and applications of the current legislation

Microsoft Office practical skills (Word)

Year 10: Term 2



  • Prevention Measures 

  • Implications and applications of the current legislation


  • Carrying out and documenting an iterative review


  • Data types


  • Selection and justification of the appropriate tools and techniques/ formats to process data


  • Processing data to meet defined objectives


  • Import and Manipulate Data

Microsoft Office practical skills (Access and Excel)

Year 10: Term 3



  • Purpose and suitability of presenting methods


  • Data types: Information and relationships


  • Select and Present Information

Microsoft Office practical skills (PowerPoint, Publisher)

Year 11: Term 1


Revision and Preparation for the RO12 external Examination
LOs 1, 3, 4 and 6 in January of Y11


Useful websites:

KS3:  Get login from your teacher



BBC Bitesize – GCSE Computer Science:
OCR website -
Codecademy -
Revise Computer Science -
Teach ICT -  Get login from your teacher
Craig n’ Dave learning videos: