North Birmingham Academy


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Curriculum Vision for ICT/Digital Literacy


Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that all pupils must learn if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in the digital world. Our ICT curriculum has been developed to equip our young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding they will need for the rest of their lives.  Our students will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content. Our aim is to encourage our students to become confident, competent and innovative ICT creators.


Department Staff 


Head of Department:  Mr C. Seager

Teacher:  Miss S. Sadler

Teacher:  Mr M. Khalid

Teacher:  Mrs V. Thompson



At Key Stage Three students will study five topics each year, covering a range of Computing Skills.  These units will give students a taste of the different subjects that they could choose to study at Key Stage Four as well as developing Computational Thinking skills, which underpin not only their study of Computing but their study across the Academy. 

Year 7

Topic 1:  'Welcome to ICT at NBA'

Students are introduced to the network, Frog (VLE, email and Google Classroom.

Topic 2: E-Safety

Students are taught about keeping themselves safe online, and what it means to be a good 'Digital Citizen'.

Topic 3:  Computer Skills

Students will develop their basic computer skills for effective use of desktop publishing and multimedia software. 

Topic 4:  'How Computers Work'

Students will study the basics of the insides of a computer and learn about binary representation.

Topic 5:  'Algorithms'

Students will use specialised software to program the BBC Micro-bit computer board.

Year 8

Topic 1:  'Digital Citizenship'

Students will study the legislation that protects them online, as well as learning how to effectively use the internet to support their learning.

Topic 2:  'Spreadsheet Modelling'

Students will develop an understanding of how to effectively use spreadsheet software to model and solve complex problems.

Topic 3:  'Algorithms 2'

Students will learn how to design effective and efficient algorithms, using specialist software to demonstrate results. 

Topic 4:  'Python Programming'

Students are introduced to Python Programming, using basic structures to generate simple programs.

Topic 5:  'Multimedia'

Students use specialist software to manipulate media for a special purpose.  They will learn about file types and binary representation of images. 

Year 9

Topic 1:  'Communication and the Internet'

Students will learn about the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web.  They will also develop their understanding of online security.

Topic 2:  'Data'

Students will develop their understanding and use of database software.

Topic 3:  'Python Programming 2'

Students extend knowledge gained from Year 8 to produce more complex programs to solve real-life problems.  

Topic 4:  'Website Design'

Students will use HTML and CSS to produce basic webpages, as well as learning about the basics of accepted website design guidelines. 

Topic 5:  'Computers and Informatics'

Students will develop their knowledge gained from Year 7 to further understand how Computers work in order to follow instructions and process data. 



At Key Stage Four students follow either a GCSE or Vocational pathway in order to establish and develop skills in computational thinking and problem solving.  For a number of students, there is the opportunity to study both GCSE and Vocational qualifications alongside each other.


Year 10

Controlled Assessment: 60%

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Students use a range of digital tools & techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.  They learn to reflect critically on their own & others' use of ICT & to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. 

Year 11

Written Examination: 40%

Unit 1: Living In The Digital World

Students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations & society.  They learn about current & emerging digital technologies & the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning & earning, leisure, shopping & money management, health & wellbeing & on the move).  They develop their awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT & the features of safe, secure & responsible practice.

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Year 10

ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge & motivating further learning.  Tried, tested & Trusted, ECDL programmes have been delivered to over 11 million people, in 41 languages acorss 148 countries.  Over 2 million people have taken ECDL in the UK since 1997. 


Over two years of study students will complete modules and onscreen, ondemand examinations in the following units:

Unit 1:  Spreadsheets

Unit 2:  Word Processing

Unit 3:  Presentation Software

Unit 4:  Improving Productivity

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At Key Stage Five students continue to follow similar pathways with an A Level and a Vocational route offered in order to extend and broaden skills in

A Level

Year 12 - AS Level

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Year 13 - A2 Level

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 Sample Unit 8 Material    



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Course Information



Course Name:  GCSE ICT

Course Type:  GCSE

Exam Board:  Edexcel

Spec Code: 2IT01


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Vocational ICT

Course Name:  ECDL (European Computer Driving License)

Course Type:  Level 2 Certificate

Exam Board:  BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT)

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BBC Bitesize KS3   

BBC Bitesize GCSE  

Revise ICT    


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