Head of Department: Mr W Maddock

Key Stage 3

Our pupils are embarking on a fascinating journey to discover the importance of computing and digital literacy in modern society. In year 7 and 8 they will learn the importance of ‘ESafety’, improve their skills in using a variety of software, and find out the answers to questions like:

What is a computer?

How does a computer work?

How do you make a game or an app?

Pupils will learn to use two or more programming languages, to solve a variety of problems. They will undertake creative projects that involve choosing and combining multiple applications to achieve challenging goals. All of the units can be accessed via our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).

Key Stage 3 Computing Assessment

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview 2015

7.1 Hardware Software Binary

8.1 Esafety Animation Medium Term Plan

Key Stage 4


Year 9 – BTEC Creative Media Production

BTEC Firsts in Creative Digital Media Production can help you take your first steps towards a career in the digital industry. You’ll learn essential skills such as planning and pitching a digital media product, digital publishing and producing digital video, audio and games. The units being undertaken by pupils following this course are:

  • Unit 1 Digital Media Sectors and Audiences - Externally assessed examination
  • Unit 2 Planning and Pitching A Digital Media Product - Internally assessed coursework unit
  • Unit 3 Digital Moving Image Production - Internally assessed coursework unit
  • Unit 6 Website Production - Internally assessed coursework unit 

Year 10 – BTEC Information and Creative Technology

BTEC Firsts in Information and Creative Technology can help you take your first steps towards a career in the digital industry. You’ll learn the skills to produce IT systems and software, websites and mobile apps, and video, graphics and animation. The units being undertaken by pupils following this course are: 

  • Unit 1 The Online World – Externally assessed examination
  • Unit 3 A Digital Portfolio - Internally assessed coursework unit
  • Unit 6 Graphics – Internally assessed coursework unit
  • Unit 7 Creating Digital Video – Internally assessed coursework unit

Computer Science

Do you want to future proof your skills? Do you like to learn new things and be challenged? Then think about Computer Science.

Pupils who choose the Computer Science option will begin the OCR GCSE Computer Science course which involves learning programming languages to solve problems as part of an individual controlled assessment project, worth 20% of the final grade. They will also study the theory of computers and how they work along with different algorithms used in computer systems. At the end of year 11 there are two final exams covering all aspects of the course, each is worth 40% of the overall grade. One exam is based around Computer systems and the other focuses on Programming and Algorithms.

OCR GCSE Computing Science (9-1) Specification: 2016 onwards

J276/01: External exam Computer Systems (40%)

J276/02:  External exam Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (40%)

J276/03/04: Programming project (20%)

KS4 plan /overview

KS4 computing plan (9-1) 

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Post 16

The ICT department offers the Cambridge Technical qualification for both As and A2.  At Maghull we are a very successful department and produce excellent results at A level. Our staff are always helpful and on hand to help.  We also use our VLE to provide access to all parts of our course to enable 24-hour learning. 

The Cambridge Technical suite of qualifications provides candidates with high quality, industry-relevant qualifications geared to the specific requirements of key sectors. They are vocationally-related qualifications that provide valuable opportunities for individuals to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding which will support entry into work or progression to further studies through Further Education.

Cambridge Technicals

Unit 1 Fundamentals of ICT

1 hour 30 minutes written paper. 

80 marks. 

OCR set and marked.

Section A comprises multiple choice questions.

Section B comprises short answer and 

extended response questions. 

Unit 2 Global Information 

1 hour 30 minutes written paper. 

80 marks

OCR set and marked.

Section A comprises short answer and extended response questions based on a pre-released case study. A new case study is released for each examination series. Section B comprises short answer and extended response questions. These questions will not relate to the pre-release. 

Unit 6 Application Design

This pathway focuses on the development of a range of applications across platforms and sectors.

The world is increasingly reliant on applications that help individuals, business and organisations achieve specific activities or purposes. In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. 

Unit 9 Product Development

The purpose of this unit is to prepare you to undertake product development activities. You will learn about different product design methodologies and the role of the product development life cycle. In addition, you will discover the factors that

influence product developments.

Unit 21 Web Design and Prototyping

Create a professional web site and gain experience of the web systems and set up of real organisations.

A Level Computer Science

Our Computer Science qualification is, above all else, relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It’s an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Our Computer Science qualification will value computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. 

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