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All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of computing. The Department is made up of four specialist teachers who are fully committed to the education of the pupils:

  • Mr. P Halford - Subject Leader of Computing
  • Mr. K Smith - KS3 Computing Co-ordinator
  • Mrs. V Jones - Teacher of Computing
  • Mrs. S Radford – Teacher of Computing


There are five Computing suites and various clusters of PC's within departments around the school. Most machines run Windows 10 and include a variety of software applications such as: Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Microsoft Office 365. There are interactive whiteboards and projectors in all of the suites.

We have our very own green room, for video editing which also incorporates our Virtual Reality equipment which is used by students in their learning.


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There are five ICT suites and various clusters of PC's within departments around the school. Most machines run Windows 7 and include a variety of software applications such as: Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Microsoft Office 2010. There are interactive whiteboards and projectors in all of the suites.



 This page outlines the topics taught in each term through Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9), along with an overview of how assessments take place.


Year 7

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Unit CS1

Introduction to computing at Hagley

Baseline assessment

Unit 7D – Spreadsheet Modelling (Microsoft Excel)

Unit CS2 Introduction to Game Programming (Scratch)

 Unit 7E – Data handling

Database (Microsoft Excel and Access)

 Unit 7F

Desk Top Publishing on E-safety topic


During the year, pupils will be assessed using a baseline assessment in the first few weeks of the autumn term and the design and creation of a final publication for each unit.

At the end of the year, pupils are assessed by an online test.


Year 8

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Unit CS3 Understanding computers

Unit 8B Web Design (HTML-Notepad, Dreamweaver)

Unit CS4 Computational Thinking, Algorithms (Flowol) 

Unit CS5 Programming Python Basics

Unit CS9 Computer crime & cyber security


During the year, pupils are assessed by the design and creation of a final publication for each unit

At the end of the year, pupils are assessed by an online test.




Year 9

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Unit CS6 Programming Concepts (Python)

Unit 9B Graphics (Macromedia Fireworks)


Unit CS8 Microbit programming

Unit CS7 Networks

Unit 9C Animation & Video Editing


During the year, pupils are assessed by the design and creation of a final publication for units CS6 and 9B. Unit CS7 will be assessed by an online exam.



 CiDA – Certificate in Digital Applications

The new revised Certificate in Digital Applications are designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative media production and to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to design and make effective digital products. 

They teach young people how to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way and encourage them to reflect on what they produce and strive for excellence.  They give young people the skills they need to support future learning and to exploit the creative and commercial employment opportunities on offer in the digital world in which they are growing up. 

CiDA students should be able to think for themselves and work independently during extended periods of time. This is a challenging but rewarding course which focuses on actually using computer applications. 

The course is designed to:

· Develop students’ ability to select and use digital applications appropriately and produce high quality outcomes.

· Promote the use of digital applications for achieving a goal, rather than for their own sake.

· Enhance creativity and communication.

· Equip students with some of the skills that they will need in the workplace or in further education or training.

· Free students’ work from paper, making it organised, searchable, dynamic and transportable.

· Encourage students to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of digital application.


Unit 1: Developing Web Products:

When your attention is captured by a web page advertising a competition, promoting an event or launching a new product, what makes you stop and look?  This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.  

Unit 2: Creative Multimedia:

Digital tools can be used to communicate information using any combination of text, images, sound, video and interactive components such as buttons and hyperlinks.  Products that use these different components at the same time, such as websites, presentations and games, are multimedia. This unit aims to give you the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by multimedia authoring software to design and create effective multimedia products for specified purposes and audiences.


Unit 1 – computer-based tasks (25% external assessment)

Unit 2 – summative project (75% coursework) 

Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus Code: Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications 600/6627/1) 


GCSE Computer Science

Computer Science is a part of the English Baccalaureate recognising the high standards of intellectual depth and practical value of this qualification. This course enables students to learn computer science and programming skills which high-tech industries need. Many high-tech companies originate as small start-ups founded by Computer Scientists e.g. Facebook, Google and Apple. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is one of the most innovative and successful champions of Computer Science today.


What’s the difference between ICT and Computer Science?

Consider a car.  You can learn to drive it and it will make life easier.  You can get from A to B quicker and get on with the other things you want to do.  ICT is just that, it develops a skill set so you can “drive” your computer.  You don’t care how it works as long as it helps you write a report or do the accounts.  However, some people want to know how it works.  They want to get under the bonnet and understand the basic principles.  They might design better cars and invent new technologies for greener engines etc.  This is the equivalent to studying Computer Science. 


Why Choose GCSE Computer Science?

The course will give students an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, students will investigate computer programming, which students find very enjoyable. The course will help students develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills.


Looking to the future:

The demand for high-level technology skills is growing. This means there will be a bigger demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. This course provides an excellent route onto Hagley’s A-level Computer Science course. If students want to go on to higher education and employment in the field of Computer Science, they will find that this course provides a superb stepping stone.


Unit 1 Computer systems– Examination (50%):

Students will learn about the hardware involved in making the computer work, the functions of operating system software, binary and hexadecimal number systems, communications and networking, algorithms and programming languages.


Unit 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming – Examination (50%):

Students will carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue and explore computer science in the real world. This may involve working with a Raspberry Pi or developing an app for a mobile phone using MIT’s App Inventor software.


Unit 3 Programming project – Non-Examined Assessment

Students will create solutions to a stated problem which will involve coding in a programming language. The programming language we currently use is Python.


Examination Board: OCR Syllabus Code: J276








You will analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so. You will investigate mathematical concepts of computing as well as looking into the theory behind hardware/software development and architecture. This is the ‘technical and scientific’ approach to the study of computers and programming and it is not to do with the same content an ‘ICT’ course provides.



An aptitude for problem solving and an interest in learning a programming language is very important. Lessons will be divided into theory and practical. Access to a computer outside of school will be essential to succeed in learning a programming language. The course requires both a logical and mathematical mind due to the volume of work that is programming and algorithm based.



The department has committed staff with valuable academic and industrial experience. Industry-standard software is used in the programming aspects of the course. The facilities are of high quality and are backed up by excellent technical support.



A-level Computing provides a solid grounding that is important for those students thinking of studying related courses in the future. It can lead you onto a wide range of exciting careers. The skills developed, such as project management and problem solving; make this a valuable course for all students. There are opportunities at the majority of universities to study Computer Science and Software Engineering.



Computing combines especially well with Mathematics and the Sciences and also Electronics based courses.



Students should have GCSE Maths at Grade B or higher to undertake this course. GCSE Computing is also preferred, as a background in programming helps considerably, but we will accept students with strong ICT grades from certain, specific courses instead.



IT Application Developer





• Flexible, engaging suite of qualifications, supporting a range of curriculum models.

• Relevant to anyone using ICT in their everyday life, as well as those planning a career in the industry.

• AS (3 units) and Advanced (5 units) qualifications focus on purposeful application of ICT from a user’s perspective.

• Encourages students to select and use ICT appropriately and produce high-quality outcomes.

• Develops problem-solving, communication and project-management skills.

• Encourages students to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT.



• Innovative ‘hands-on’ assessment of externally assessed units.

• E-portfolios used as tools for learning and assessment, freeing students’ work from paper.

• A variety of different teaching methods including discussions, individual research and class presentations.



• Dedicated ICT suite with interactive whiteboards

• A wide selection of video media to support the key aspects of the course

• On-line software that can be accessed from home.



A range of ICT and computing courses are offered by most universities. These include courses that allow you to specialise in particular areas such as mobile and wearable computing, internet computing, computer graphics and games. A degree in ICT can lead you onto a wide range of exciting careers.



Any subject can be combined with Applied ICT.




Grade C or above in English and Mathematics






The Computing rooms in A-block are available to all students during lunchtime from 12:00 till 12:30. 
There are extra resources available to interested students including a programmable Lego robot and raspberry pi computer. One interesting Raspberry Pi project which can be followed is "making jelly bean scream".
There is a regular Tuesday ICT after-school club aimed at CiDA, GCSE and A Level Computer Science students.

We run Virtual Reality taster sessions and have a Minecraft creators club on Friday lunchtimes.

We run Computer Science related trips throughout the year aimed at specific groups. In the autumn we took students from Y11 to Bletchley Park to visit the National Museum of Computing. We are also running this trip in the summer term for Y10 GCSE Computer Science students.


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