Sacred Heart Catholic High School - Highest Performing School in Newcastle
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Computer Science / ICT

Head of Department: Mr L Willis

Teaching Staff: Mr M Ashton, Mr S Kearney, Mrs H Tivnen, Miss N Zalas

Network Manager: Mrs B Burns

ICT Technicians: Mr G Barton, Mr C Hockey

Key Stage 3

Students complete a project once each half term which is assessed by their teacher. The projects are divided into units which are shown below for each year group:

Year 7

  • Introduction to ICT at Sacred Heart
  • Presenting Information (Primary Transition Unit)
  • Basics of IT Theory
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • eSafety
  • Programming with Logo
  • Games Development with Construct

Year 8

  • Web design
  • Cryptography
  • Group Project - Full Term (Based on IT used in Disneyland Paris)
  • Games Development and Marketting (Platform game)

Year 9

Tier 1 & 2 students: OCR Entry Level Computing Qualification

Computing Systems and Programming: The topics of Hardware, Software and Logic are taught to the students with the assessment being across the three short written tests.

Programming Project: students will plan, design, code and test a programming language.

Practical Investigation: students will research into an area of computing and present their findings in the form of a report or presentation.

Tier 3 & 4 students: VCert Level 2 - Computer Technology

Digital Literacy: students will learn about how digital technology is used in society, how it has changed society, how they can minimise their risk online and protect their data.

Digital Technology: students will learn a wide range about how the technology they use in their everyday lives works.                                  



  • GCSE Computing (OCR)
  • GCSE Information Communication Technology (Edexcel)
  • Cambridge Nationals ICT (OCR)
  • VCERT Computer Technology (from Sept 2014)



  • A-Level Computing (OCR)
  • A-Level Applied ICT (OCR)
  • BTEC Level 3 Information Technology (from Sept 2014)