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Farlingaye High School

Farlingaye High School
Students at Farlingaye High School


Key Stage 3

In KS3 all students have a 100 minute lesson every two weeks.  These lessons focus on building computer science based skills, inline with the new Key Stage 3 computing curriculum.

Students learn logical reasoning, algorithmic thinking, desing and structured problem-solving - all concepts and skills that are valuable well beyond the computing classroom.  Students gain awareness of the resources required to implement and deply a solution and how to deal with real-world and business contraints.

The units of work covered in each year group are:

Year 7:

*  Using computers safely, effectively and responsibly.

*  Games programming in Scratch.

*  Spreadsheet Modelling.

*  Sound Editing.

*  Graphics.

Year 8:

*  Computer Crime and Cyber Security.

*  HTML and Website Development.

*  Video Editing.

*  An introduction to the Python programming language.

*  Animation.

Year 9:

*  Understanding computers.

*  Next steps in Python.

* The Diploma Project.

*  Databases.

Key Stage 4


Our current Key Stage 4 students are working towards a single GCSE in ICT with the EDEXCEL exam board.

The scheme of assessment for the Full course consists of Coursework Components (60%) and a terminal examination (40%).

Computer Science

Year 10 and 11 students follow the OCR Computer Science Specification.

In year 10 students undertake 2 programming pieces of coursework, one based in python and the other in HTML and Java Script. Each piece of coursework is worth 30%.

During year 11 the students develop their theoretical knowledge of computer systems and programming culminating a written exam paper(40%).

Post 16

We follow the WJEC GCE ICT qualification

Over the 2 years students complete 4 modules of work. Theses are;

Year 12

IT1: Information Systems:

Topics covered in this unit include:

    •    Data, information, knowledge and processing
    •    The value and importance of information
    •    Quality of information
    •    Validation and verification
    •    Capabilities and limitations of ICT
    •    Uses of ICT
    •    Presenting Information
    •    Networks
    •    Human Computer Interface
    •    Social Issues

    •    Database Systems

    •    Section B of the exam paper requires studnets to create a spreadsheet prior to the exam and  answer questions based on their spreadsheet.

IT2: Presenting Information

This unit requires candidates to use ICT hardware and software applications to solve

a problem involving three separate tasks: the production of (i) a document such as a

leaflet or magazine (ii) a document containing automated routines, such as a mail

merged letter. (iii) a presentation to an audience, such as a web page or slide type


Year 13

IT3: Use and impact of ICT

  • This module covers communications between computers and interactions between humans and computers.
  • The convergence of communications technology and information technology and their impact on society, commerce and industry is an integral part of the module.

IT4: ICT Project

  • The project is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, allowing candidates to demonstrate their skills to
  • analyse a problem,
  • design a solution to a problem,
  • develop a software solution and test,
  • document and evaluate the solution

To view the curriculum details, please click here.