Year 8

The philosophy of the Year 8 Scheme of Work is that we build upon the skills developed in year 7 and utilise them in realistic scenarios. In this way pupils should begin to recognise the need for the skills that they have been taught and also begin to make decisions about their use of the software packages.

Term 1 Communicating Information

  • Planning tasks
  • Combining different types of information/media
  • Refining ideas
  • Developing a sense of purpose
  • Developing an awareness of audience
  • The Concert assignment:
    • Research
    • Graphics
    • Poster
    • Evaluation

Term 1 Data Handling

  • Checking the validity of data
  • Adding, Editing and Deleting records
  • Database for a concert
  • Mail merge a letter
  • Create a data entry form (planning)
  • Individually create a Database
  • Evaluation

Term 2 Modelling

  • Using ICT to explore patterns and relationships
  • Making simple predictions on the effects of changing variables
  • Programmes Spreadsheet
  • Planning a concert Spreadsheet (individual)
  • EXTN use of IF and LOOKUP functions

Term 2 Multimedia

Presentation on Cafod and the concert

Term 3 Sharing and Exchanging

Information Safely

  • Send and receive information electronically
  • Internet Safety
  • Discuss and form opinions about issues raised by the use of ICT
  • Leaflet on ICT Laws
  • Movie on Internet Safety
  • Cyber Bullying

Year 9

Working towards Essential Skills Qualification Levels 1 and 2

Data Handling

  • Using databases to follow complex lines of enquiry
  • Using AND, OR, NOT operators
  • Holidays assignment
  • Design and test a database making appropriate choices
  • Free Choice Database Project – theme park


  • Using models of increasing complexity
  • Vary the rules within the model (change of formulae)
  • Test hypotheses
  • Holidays spreadsheet of costs
  • Design own computer models and test to solve realistic problems
  • Holidays Assignment part 2
  • Extension - use of IF and LOOKUP functions

Communicating Information

  • Plan tasks for specific audiences and purpose
  • Use a range of sources recognising the need for different styles
  • Refining ideas
  • Holiday assignment part 3- Brochure and website
  • Extn: 30 sec TV advertisement assignment for Holidays-
  • MovieMaker

Sharing and Exchanging

Information Safely

  • Pupils have considered opinions about issues raised by the use of ICT
  • Pupils know the dangers associated with the misuse of the technology
  • Presentation/webpage on Misuse
  • Animation on Internet Safety

Year 10 (New GCSE Syllabus)

Students follow the first year of the WJEC GCSE in Information and Communications Technology. By the end of Year 10 students will have completed one of the controlled assignments (worth 30% of final grade) and one of the modular examinations (20% of the final grade)

Unit 1 Understanding ICT

  • Module 1 - Data and the Quality of Data
  • Module 2 - Home Entertainment
  • Module 3 - Home and Personal Communication Systems
  • Module 4 - Home Business
  • Module 5 - Organisations: School, Home and the Environment
  • Module 6 - ICT and Learning
  • Module 7 - Emerging Technologies
  • Module 8 - Applications Software
        • Information Handling
        • E-Mail & Security
        • Spreadsheet
        • Data Logging
        • Desk Top Publishing
        • Web and Presentation Software

Unit 2 Solving Problems with ICT

Practical Applications of Applications Software

  • Information Handling
  • E-Mail & Security
  • Spreadsheet
  • Data Logging
  • Desk Top Publishing
  • Web and Presentation Software

The controlled assignment will be based upon Unit 2 and the end of year modular examination is based on Unit 1

Year 11 (New GCSE Syllabus)

Students follow the second year of the WJEC GCSE ICT syllabus. The main focus this year is the controlled assignment (30%) which is due to be completed by February halfterm. There is also one examination (20%) at the end of the year.

Unit 3 ICT in organisations

  • Data validation
  • Data and the quality of data
  • Web and presentation software
  • Multimedia and multimedia components
  • Digital Imaging
  • Animation
  • Sound and music
  • Networks
  • Computer Interfaces
  • Organisations and ICT
  • ICT and Retailing
  • Computer Control in Hospitals
  • CAL and the use of Computers in School Administration
  • Billing Systems
  • Health Issues
  • Social and environmental impacts
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Staying safe online
  • Computer Misuse Act
  • Data Protection issues / methods and Act
  • Copyright Law
  • Emerging technologies

Unit 4 Developing multimedia solutions

Practical activities including planning, creating and evaluating:-

  • Templates
  • Graphical images
  • Animations and movies
  • Sound