Emerson Park Academy

Endeavour, Persevere, Achieve

Business Communications and Computing Faculty

Please note a programme of 'Esafety' is included within the BCC curriculum. 

Computing Curriculum

Year 7

Aims for the year

  • Be able to discuss e-safety and the benefits of having a positive digital footprint.
  • Know how to effectively use search engines and recognise how they ‘rank’ results.
  • Look and manipulate data sets and know the difference between data and information.
  • Learn the concepts of visual programming.
  • Be able to use flowcharts to manipulate control situations.
  • Be able to use spreadsheet software to model particular scenarios.

What we will do

A foundation course in Computing covering the following.

  • E-safety.
  • Programming using Scratch.
  • Spreadsheet modelling using Microsoft Excel.
  • Python Programming.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Representing Data: Images, Sound and Text.


  • Regular monitoring of the tasks set through Google classroom.
  • Class activities and discussion.
  • End-of-Topic Test.
  • Self and peer assessment.


Year 8

Aims for the year

  • Introduce concepts of hardware/software and how a computer actually works.
  • Introduce text based programming.
  • Introduce HTML and coding of web pages.

What we will do

  • Advanced Scratch and Flowol.
  • HTML scripting.
  • Computer System.
  • Create and manipulate databases.
  • Computers - Software and Hardware – Project.
  • IT - Using technology safely - Project.


  • Regular monitoring of the tasks set.
  • Class activities and discussion.
  • End of Topic formal written and practical tests.
  • Peer and self-assessment.


Year 9

Aims for the year

  • Create text based programs (Python Programming) using problem solving skills.
  • Scratch and Flowol.
  • Database - Access.
  • Understand and know how computer networks and communication devices work.
  • Spreadsheet Modelling.

What we will do

  • Manipulate data using Database.
  • look computer networks and there use.
  • Look at programming concepts- Flow charts.
  • use the python program language.
  • create formulas and charts.


  • regular monitoring of the tasks set.
  • class activities and discussion.
  • end of topic tests.
  • assess software projects using criteria.
  • peer and self-assessment.


Years 10 and 11

Computer Science GCSE -

The fundamental purpose of the computer studies program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, post secondary education or training, and daily life. The goals of the computer studies curriculum are to enable students to:

• gain an understanding of computer studies concepts;

• develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;

• apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through the study of computers to a variety of learning tasks and relate them to computer phenomena on the local, national, and global levels;

• develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to computer advances in the changing workplace and world;

• make connections that will help them take advantage of potential post secondary educational and work opportunities.


Paper 1: Computational thinking and programming skills

Computational thinking, code tracing, problem-solving, programming concepts including the

design of effective algorithms and the designing, writing, testing and refining of code.

Paper 2: Computing concepts Course Title

Fundamentals of data representation, Computer systems, Fundamentals of computer networks, Cyber security, Relational databases and structured query language (SQL), Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including issues of privacy

Course Title

AQA GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science


Comp 1: 90 marks, 2 hour, written paper, 50% of GCSE

Comp 2: 90 marks, 1 hour and 45 minutes, written paper, 50% of GCSE


Cambridge Nationals in IT

R012: Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of different hardware and software applications and the tools and techniques used to select, store, manipulate and present data. They also explore the various risks associated with the collection, storage and use of data, including legal, moral, ethical and security issues, and how such risks can be mitigated.

R013: Developing technological solutions

Students create a technological solution that processes data and communicates information, following the phases of the project life cycle using different hardware and software technologies to create an integrated technological solution. They develop practical skills such as carrying out a SWOT analysis, creating GANTT charts, developing online surveys, and presenting data through web-based technologies.

Course Title

Information Technologies Level 1/2 Certificate - J808


Written paper: 80 marks, 1 hour and 45 minutes, 50% of GCSE

Centre-assessed task: 80 marks, 20 hour, 50% of GCSE