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The Team 

Staff Member 


Email Address 

Mrs Emma Stannard 

Curriculum Leader/ Teacher 

Mr Gary Beckett 

Teacher of Business and IT 

Mr James McAuley 

Vice Principal and Teacher of IT 


Key Stage 3 

During Key stage 3, pupils will have discrete lessons which aim to establish key computing skills and knowledge which is evidenced through practical skills completed in class.  The key stage 3 curriculum is designed to incorporate both the computing national curriculum as well as the development of essential ICT skills that are required to support them throughout their learning but also into the workplace. 


Students can expect to learn the following: 


  • How to use technology and knowing how to stay safe when online. 

  • Investigating the impact of modern and emerging technologies on society. 

  • How to plan and develop products in line with audience needs. 

  • Developing problem solving and programming skills. 

  • Improving IT skills that can be applied across the curriculum. 



Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 7 

Why effective digital communication is important which includes an introduction to the school network for communicating effectively and keeping up with homework. 

Understand how to keep safe when using ICT including Social Network Sites, Websites and other dangers when using computers such as Malware. 

How computers work including the history of computers and the components in them. 

How computers represent information including converting between binary, decimal and hexadecimal numbers. 

Year 8 

Computation thinking. Including an introduction to algorithms including abstraction, decomposition and pattern recognition. 


An introduction to the designing of algorithms including flowcharts and pseudocode. 

Using HTML to create websites, including web forms 

Designing a product in line with a client brief using HTML.  

Year 9 

How different user interfaces are used in the modern world.  

The need of user interfaces to communicate with digital devices 



How to select and use different project planning techniques 

How to identify and discuss Logical operators, Principles of Networking and Cyber Security.  

How different operating systems are implemented into hardware and how users access them. 


Key Stage 4 

Exam Board: Pearson/BTEC 

Link to Specification: 


Future Careers: Study of the qualification as part of Key Stage 4 learning will help learners to make more informed choices for further learning, either generally or in this sector. The choices that learners can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to: A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects OR study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in IT, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the digital sector. 


Students who wish to pursue a Level 2 BTEC in Digital Information Technology will be required to explore three units of work over the 2 years. This will include two internally assessed pieces of coursework (worth 30% each) and an externally assessed examination (40% of the qualification) 



Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 10 

Component 1: Explore user interface design and development principles 

Component 1: Investigate how to use project planning techniques to manage a digital project 

Component 1: Discover how to develop and review a digital user interface. 

Component 3: Explore how modern information technology is evolving AND Consider legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing 

Year 11 

Component 3: 

Consider legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing AND 

Understand what cyber security is and how to safeguard against it. 


Component 2: Explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations 

Component 2: Draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence  

Component 2: Develop a dashboard using data manipulation tools. 


Key Stage 5 

Exam Board: OCR 

Link to Specification: 


Future Careers: Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT offer specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst.  Students will apply their practical skills and knowledge in preparation for further study, Higher Education or the workplace. 


The aim of the course is to enable students the opportunity to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. This course allows them to do so through applied learning. 


Benefits of this course include:  


  • A variety of units studied including hardware, software and online 

  • Includes practical activities in all units - learn, do, review 

  • Develops transferable skills for the workplace or future studies 


Students will study five units over the two years. Two units will be internally assessed pieces of coursework and the other three units are externally assessed examinations 



Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 12 

Unit 1:Fundamentals of IT (Exam) 


Unit 1:Fundamentals of IT (Exam) 


Unit 9: Product Development (Coursework) 

Unit 2: Global Information (Exam) 

Unit 2: Global Information (Exam) 



9: Product Development (Coursework) 

Year 13 

Unit 3: Cyber Security (Exam) 


Unit 3: Cyber Security (Exam) 



Unit 17: The Internet of Everything (Coursework) 

Unit 17: The Internet of Everything (Coursework) 


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Ursuline College is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.