Learning & Achieving Together


Our vision is to make computing interactive, interesting and informative, equipping students with skills relevant to the modern world where problem solving, algorithms and understanding technology play a major part in our lives. We will create confident, independent users of new technologies through lessons in computer science.

Students will be taught the principles of information and computation, and how digital systems work. Computing will equip students to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of media. It also ensures that students become digitally literate, and are able to use and express themselves in developing their ideas through information technology. All learners should have the right skills for their future workplace and become more active participants in a digital world.

Key Stage 3

Skills are taught in seven week modules to students in Years 7 and 8 who are taught one computing lesson a week. The modules have been developed from the new National Computing framework in order to meet the needs of all Brentside students.

Year 7

  • Using Computer Systems
  • E-safety
  • Logic gates
  • Database:1
  • Python programming: 1
  • Game on:1

Year 8

  • HTML and CSS
  • BHM- Multimedia Project
  • Database: 2
  • Flowol
  • Python programming: 2
  • Game on: 2
  • Inside a Computer

Key Stage 4

Students are offered an option at key stage 4 where they can select ICT or GCSE Computer Science if they choose to. Students will learn a range of skills which they use extensively and apply to solve real problems. The course is taught over three years from Years 9 to 11.

GCSE Computer Science

This course is technical and suitable for students with strong mathematics skills and a keen interest in computer programming.

GCSE in Computer Science will enable students to:

  • Develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies
  • Understand how the technologies work and apply this knowledge to a range of contexts
  • Understand the use of algorithms in computer programs to solve problems using programming
  • Use their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and make informed decisions about the use and implications of different technologies
  • Develop computer programs to solve problems
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of computer programs.

Assessment and Examinations


Students will be expected to complete a programming controlled assessment in Year 11 which has a weighting of 20%.

Two examinations have a total weighting of 80% and upon completion of the course students will receive a GCSE grade 9-1.

Key Stage 5

For details of our Key Stage 5 curriculum, please see our Sixth Form prospectus.

Click here to download 6th Form Prospectus

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra curricular opportunities include Programming club for all key stages.