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Computer Science and IT Overview Statement

The Computer Science/IT curriculum at Poole Grammar School has three elements:

1) Intent: What do we learn?

2) Implementation: How do we learn it?

3) Impact: How do we know we have been successful?


Students in Year 7 and 8 will student a mixture of IT and Computer Science. IT involves becoming skilled at using different software packages and Computer Science involves learning to code and learning how a computer actually functions. Some of the IT topics include spreadsheets, word processing, databases, creating websites using HTML and building presentations. Students are taught to code and in doing so they will use Logo, Scratch, Small Basic and BBC micro: bits. In Year 9 students study for a number of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Qualifications in Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access and the more able students will have the opportunity to study to become experts in Word and Excel. MOS exams are industry recognised, standing students in good stead for the workplace. In Year 10 and 11 students can choose to study GCSE Computers Science and in the Sixth Form students can choose to study A Level Computer Science. We use AQA for all our examinations.

We are very aware that all students need to be skilled at using all the important software packages but we are also very keen that all students have the opportunity to learn to code. This is why we have included a significant amount of coding opportunities for students in Year 7 and 8. The work students undertake in Year 7 and 8 sets them up for the GCSE CS in Year 10 and 11 and then the A Level CS in Year 12 and 13.


Year 7 and 8: What will I study?

  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Desk top publishing
  • Databases
  • Presentations
  • HTML and CSS
  • Coding including:
    • Logo
    • Scratch
    • Small Basic
    • BBC micro: bits
  • Binary numbers
  • Sorting
  • Encryption
  • Basic computer system (including fetch execute cycle)
  • Input, output, storage devices
  • Networks

Year 9: What will I study?

All students will take MOS exams in the following:

  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Access

The most able students will have an opportunity to study for:

  • Word Expert
  • Excel Expert

GCSE: What will I study?

  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Programming
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer networks
  • Fundamentals of cyber security
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society, including privacy

A Level: What will I study?

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Fundamentals of data structures
  • Fundamentals of algorithms
  • Theory of computation
  • Fundamentals of data representation
  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture
  • Consequences of uses of computing
  • Fundamentals of communication and networking
  • Fundamentals of databases
  • Big Data and fundamentals of functional programming
  • Systematic approach to problem solving
  • Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project


The way Computer Science and IT are taught at Poole Grammar School ensures that all learning is challenging, well-pitched and enjoyable. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study both Computer Science and IT, so that they leave the school with the necessary skills.

By the end of Key Stage 3, students will be competent users of the most important software and budding programmers. They will have achieved some industry recognised MOS qualifications. By the end of Key Stage 4, students will have completed this course equipped with the logical and computational skills necessary to succeed at A-level, the workplace or beyond. They will have detailed knowledge of all the topics listed above. There will be competent coders. By the end of Key Stage 5 students will have a detailed knowledge of all the topics listed above. They will be very competent coders having programmed in several different languages. They will have produced a significant piece of coursework of their own choosing.

A number of our students go on to study Computer Science at higher education. Possible degrees include Computer Science, Software Engineering, Digital Forensics, Computer Animation, Computer Networking, Artificial Intelligence, Internet Security to name but a few.