Traditional Values, 21st Century Learning


Head of Department: Mrs L Dawes


The Computing Department at OLSJ has three dedicated Computing suites which are stocked with up-to-date equipment. During KS3 and 4, pupils are taught a programme of study which covers the new Computing Curriculum. This is made up of Digital Literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology strands. Pupils learn how to use various packages from the Office suite to advanced software such as Flash and Photoshop. They also learn transferrable skills that will help them in other areas of the curriculum. During KS3, pupils have one 50 minute lesson a week. These lessons take place in one of the three dedicated Computing suites. Pupils have access to a range of technologies including webcams, digital cameras, Macs and PCs. All pupils are provided with a school email address and have access to their school documents through the school website and Office 365. All pupils have access to an up-to-date computer network in several dedicated computer suites, with all software necessary for studying Computing to GCSE level. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils have had the opportunity to learn the basic knowledge required to apply Information and Communication Technology effectively to other subject areas, and to be confident with the use of Information and Communication Technology equipment. They should also be aware of the impact that Information and Communication Technology has on society.

Our Lady and St John


Year 7

  • Using the Network at OLSJ
  • E-safety
  • Scratch
  • PowerPoint
  • Spreadsheets
  • Animation

Year 8

  • E-Safety
  • Game Design
  • HTML
  • Python programming
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Photoshop
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Systems


During KS4 pupils have a choice of studying ICT or Computer Science. For both courses, they have 3 lessons a week.

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Year 9 - Edexcel : Controlled Assessment Skills
Pupils learn the basic skills they will need to carry out the controlled assignment element of this course: Desktop Publishing, Spreadsheets, Audacity, Photoshop, Databases, PowerPoint, Web Design
OCR : Controlled Assessment Skills
Pupils learn the basic skills they will need to carry out the controlled assignment element of this course: Advanced Scratch programming, Computational Thinking, Programming in Python.

Year 10 - Edexcel : Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (Controlled Assessment)
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.
Controlled Assessment Portfolio – 40 hours - 60%

OCR : Unit 2 : Practical Investigation (controlled assessment)
An investigative computing task, chosen from a list provided by OCR, which assesses the following: research, technical understanding, analysis of problem, historical perspective, use of technical writing, recommendations/evaluation.
Controlled Assessment Portfolio - 30%

Unit 3 : Programming Project (controlled assessment)
Students will be able to design and create a coded solution to a problem which is set by the exam board.
Controlled Assessment Portfolio - 30%

Year 11 - Edexcel : Unit 1: Living in a digital world – Core Unit
In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organizations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move).
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes - 40%

OCR : Unit 1 : Computer Systems and Programming (exam)
This unit covers the body of knowledge about computer systems and programming.
Written paper – 1 hour 30 minutes - 40%