The Computing/ICT department provides practical courses which teach boys to be independent, creative and analytical learners, whilst gaining essential employment skills for life after Brymore.

We encourage boys to understand the important role that Computer Science and Information Technology will play in their working lives, as the pace of change brought about by new technologies affects the way we all live and work.


What will Computing/ICT be like?

At Key Stage 3 students study a range of project units which are designed to develop their confidence in Computing and ICT. Boys also have access to a remote desk top which enables them to work from home.

Year 7

  • Working on a network, files, folders and drives.
  • Word Processing
  • Baseline Computing test to assess prior knowledge from primary school
  • Spreadsheet functions, formulae and graphs.
  • E-safety presentation.
  • Input, output and storage devices
  • Hour of code Google Doodle Scratch project
  • Programming the BBC Microbit

Year 8

  • Creating a web page using Notepad++ and HTML coding.
  • Raising awareness of internet fraud by producing a leaflet on the common scams and techniques used.
  • Input, output and storage devices. ROM, RAM and cloud storage, what does it all mean?
  • What does a computer understand? Introduction to algorithms and binary numbers.
  • Python turtle graphics, an introduction to Python programming.
  • Hardware or software? Inside the box, identifying the parts inside a computer.

Year 9

  • Creating Web Sites using Serif Web+
  • Python programming skills
  • Creating an animated web banner for a business or an event.
  • Editing digital video.
  • Creating a database. Queries and mail merging.


By the time a student reaches Year 9 they will have developed their Computer Science and Digital Literacy skills and be expected to work much more independently, by selecting appropriate software for their work, problem solving, testing and evaluating.


Year 10/11 – Key Stage 4


Exam Board: OCR/Cambridge Creative imedia

At Key Stage 4 students complete the Creative imedia course which consists of four units, each worth 25% of the overall mark. The course develops greater confidence in a range of Serif Creative Suite and Office applications which enables students to apply these skills within an industry context. The exam board assignments will require you to consider your audience, plan your work, create a product and evaluate your work. The units covered are:

  • R081 Written exam (Mandatory)
  • R082 Digital graphics (Mandatory)
  • R085 Create multi-page websites
  • R089 Create Digital Video

Two units will be completed in Year 10 and two in year 11. Students will practise the software skills required and once confident, they will attempt one of the ‘live’ exam board assignments.

All results are awarded on the following scale:

  • • Distinction* at Level 2 (*2)
  • • Distinction at Level 2 (D2)
  • • Merit at Level 2 (M2)
  • • Pass at Level 2 (P2)
  • • Distinction at Level 1 (D1)
  • • Merit at Level 1 (M1)
  • • Pass at Level 1 (P1)

Year 11 Exam Board – TLM Ingots

The Year 11 ICT group are now following the TLM exam board Level 2 ITQ Certificate in IT User Skills (Open Systems and Enterprise) equivalent to 1 GCSE grade graded using A*-C.

The course consists of the following units.

  • Level 2 Unit 1, Improving Productivity Using IT (4 credits) Mandatory unit
  • Level 2 Unit 4, IT Security for Users (2 credits) Mandatory unit

Option units

  • Level 2 Unit 10, Presentation (4 credits)
  • Level 2 Unit 17 Video Software (3 credits)

Choose one from

  • Level 2 Unit 7, Word Processing (4 credits)
  • Level 2 Unit 5, Spreadsheets (4 credits)
  • Level 2 Unit 11, Database software (4 credits)Once a candidate has achieved 17 coursework credits they can be entered for the final exam to complete the course.

Head of Computing/ICT & Business – Mr M Dickson


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