Computer Science

Key Stage 3 Overview

In years 7 and 8 students encounter a variety of contexts where they use programming to solve challenges given. They are taught the basic structure to forming structure to their solutions (algorithm’s) and then through a language create a solution. Skills are carefully constructed through trial and error. Hence it is important that students learn quick failure is a positive outcome when you review and make improvements.

Key stage 4 Overview

Most employment opportunities requires students to be able to use computation thinking, problem solve, some code tracing and use computers in a Business-like manner. The course investigates how a computer works, how they are used to communicate and develop programming skills in more than one language. The skills and knowledge learnt are applicable in real world situations and many of the challenges reflect this during the course.

The understanding behind the Computer System is Interesting and in depth expecting students to be able to apply their understanding in an examination environment. The course encourages critical thinking and students independence; expecting them to have patience to understand what data has been entered and reflect on data output and reasons for this outcome.

Qualification Assessment Overview

100 % of external assessment.

When do external assessments take place?

Two 11/2 hours examinations at the end of year 11.

Curriculum Map

Please click here to view the 2017.18 curriculum map for KS3.

How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy in Computer Science?

  • Students will need to download and work on Python (programming language)
  • Somewhere quiet and with equipment capable of running the software to develop their understanding outside of the classroom.
  • Have a good size pen drive to transfer and backup files as needed to present work to the standard as expected from a Computing student.

Teaching Staff

Mr J Candlin, Teacher of Computer Science


Certificate in Digital Applications

Key stage 3 overview

In year 7 and 8 students use ICT mainly as a tool to organise, develop and present many aspects of their studies but in particular their Computer Science course. They are taught skills in how to make more independent use of the ICT resources and the safety hazards involved with their use. The course covers some presentation using a wide variety of software but in particular relating to CIDA graphical editing using Photoshop and Fireworks. Students should be resilient users of ICT and be able to develop transferable skills to use with different software applications.

Key Stage 4 Overview

This is a practical based course using the skills learnt to apply to client briefs to create solutions. Students learn and practice the skills in a variety of contexts in order to have the ability to adapt their understanding before sitting a practical examination and producing an electronic portfolio of work undertaken. Lots of time is taken skills building and building confidence with the software.

Qualification Assessment Overview

75% of internal assessment and 25% of external assessment.

When do internal assessments take place?

Unit 3: Artwork and Imaging – During the course and is assessed by an electronic portfolio of evidence.

When do external assessments take place?

Unit 1: Developing Web Products – practical examination taking 21/2 hours creating a web site Jan 2019.

Curriculum Map

Please click here to view the 2017.18 curriculum map for all year groups.

How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey with CIDA?

  • All software is available to use via the school’s remote access, where you log on and use the machine as if though you are in school.
  • Students will be expected to be highly organised and save files with appropriate naming conventions.
  • Work will be expected to be completed in full and to a high standard using ICT unless requested otherwise.
  • Students would benefit from a good size pen drive to store and transfer content to continue their work outside the classroom. It also doubles as a backup device to ensure the security of work completed and transfer work from home to print and aid to their studies.

Teaching Staff

Mr I Harridge, Teacher of Technology