Skip to content ↓

Sir Christopher Hatton


ICT/Computer Science



mr r chambers

HEAD OF computing: MR S MAHER

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Details:

In KS3, students will learn how to structure ICT projects, using design, implementation and evaluation. They will look at various skills and techniques and complete projects in many different areas including Data, Graphics, Presentation, Sequencing, Control and the fundamentals of Programming.                          

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details:

Students work towards the CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications) in ICT. They will study ICT skills which will assess their ability to use ICT through the creation of digital graphics including: video; audio, animation and web based products. Students will access a range of software packages including: Serif Web Plus; Serif Draw Plus; PowerPoint; Audacity, Publisher and Fireworks.

In Year 9 students will compete a base line year where they will have the opportunity to complete practice assessments in order to enhance their skills set when using the digital software packages. The rationale behind this preparation is to ensure students are better prepared for the assessments that they will complete in Years 10 and 11.

The course is assessed in two parts. 75% of the final grade is assessed through a project which is based around the topic of Creative Multimedia, in which pupils work through a scenario: planning; producing and evaluating work that is assessed internally, then moderated externally. The assessment for the project will be conducted in exam conditions across 30 hours which will be split up into shorter sessions throughout Year 10 and the first part of Year 11. The second part of the course (25%) is assessed in the form of a 2 and a half hour on screen exam called Developing Web Products where the students are require to create a website to a given brief. Pupils are prepared for this in Year 11 by completing various practice assessments using the Serif Web Plus software.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Details:

For ICT we run the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology which is 58% External Assessment 42% internal Assessment across the 2 years. This assessment consistent of 1 internal coursework unit and 1 externally assessed controlled assessment / exam in each of the 2 years. In Year 12 we complete a piece of internal assessment called Social Media for Business which involved setting up and running a social media site for a small local business as well as a unit called creating systems to manage information which is assessed via a 10 hour on screen controlled assessment . In Year 13 we will complete anther internal assessment as well as a formal written exam which is based around ICT theory.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Details:

Sir Christopher Hatton was among the first schools to offer GCSE computing when it was piloted for the first time two years ago. Following its success, we now offer GCSE computing as a full course. Students will learn about the inner workings of a computer and how processors work. They will learn to program in both a command line and a graphical environment, and will produce programs to solve problems. The course uses the OCR specification and uses the new 9-1 assessment scale and students assessed by both controlled assessments (20%) and an 2 examinations (40% each). The first examination looks at the hardware and theory of computer Science. The second looks at use of algorithms and problem solving.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum Details:

Sir Christopher Hatton has been offering the A level in computer science for almost 10 years and as such has immense experience in delivering the content. Our subject specialists are ready to guide students through the skill building of computer programming and the technical details in the theories that underpin computer science.  We use the new AQA specification with AS exams at the end of Year 12 and then terminal exams in Year 13 for the A Level that covers both years.  In Year 12 there are two exams, each worth 50%. The first tests students ability to program in an online exam and the second their knowledge of the theory.  In Year 13 the same exams drop to 40% each and the final 20% comes from their programming project.