Computer Science and IT

The Business, Computer Science and Information Technology Department of John Kyrle High School is dedicated to preparing students for a rapidly changing world by developing each student’s knowledge and experience in business, computing and information technology. We believe the skills and ethics taught are necessary for active, life-long participation in a global, informational society—fostering success in one’s personal life, college study and career choice.

Computing and IT are two very important subjects; not just in terms of understanding the modern world around us, but also in helping with other subjects across the school. Within the Computing and IT Department we take the IT skills from Primary School and build on these to help students to learn how to create something for someone else. We also introduce the basics of Computing in Key Stage 3. In Key Stage 4 students are able to decide to continue with IT, or to extend their understanding of Computer Science by undertaking the GCSE Computer Science course. This is a new and exciting time for our Department, with the new Computing curriculum allowing us to utilise new technologies to help students to understand how computers can be used in a wide range of situations. We have five staff in the department, with significant IT and Computing experience.

Teaching Staff


Miss C Williams – Head of BCC, email:
Mrs Taylor - Second in BCC

Miss V Bradford

Miss S Jones

Mr E Brown

Mr J Deuchar

Mr N Pritchard


Miss Catrin Williams

Head of BCC

(Business Studies, Computing and Child Development)

​Key Stage 3

All students who arrive at John Kyrle are issued with their own username and password to gain access to the extensive computer resources throughout the School. Nearly every classroom in the School has access to computer technology and many rooms have suites of computers for whole class use. There are four fully equipped computer suites within the Computing and IT area. Students do not share computers so that each can develop their individual skills, knowledge and understanding of Computing and IT.


A range of Computer Science skills and concepts are taught through the use of a topical project. The skills covered at Key Stage 3 include Internet Safety, databases, spreadsheets, graphics, word processing, problem solving, computational thinking, programming, game-making and web design. The emphasis is on students applying the skills they already have to solve problems and involves the development of new skills to augment the skills students currently have.

We aim to equip students with the Computing and IT skills needed to enable them to become increasingly independent and effective users of computers wherever they need to use it. Computing and IT is a fast-moving and rich area and we aim to engage pupils in this subject to give them the ability to not only solve problems but also apply their IT skills across a wide range of subjects.


​Key Stage 4

We currently offer:

Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Certificate


Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives. Production of digital media products is a requirement of almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce.

This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts.


  • The iMedia Certificate consists of 4 units:

  • Pre-production Skills – Written Paper – 75 minutes

  • RO82 Creating Digital Graphics – Internally Assessed Unit

  • RO85 – Creating a Multi-page Website – Internally Assessed Unit

  • One further internally assessed unit chosen in year 11

OCR GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

The GCSE Computer Science course is based around both theoretical knowledge and understanding in hardware and software and problem solving through computer programming.

There are three assessed components:

  • Component 1: Principles of Computer Science - 90 mins, 80 marks, 40%)

  • Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking - 90 mins, 80 marks, 40%)

  • Component 3: Project (Non-examined Assessment, 20 hours, 60 marks, 20%)

​Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology



This comprises 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%). IT covers a range of topics including Information Technology Systems, Creating Systems to Manage Information, Using Social Media for Business and Website Development.


This qualification is designed for learners who are interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses.

GCE AS and A Level Computer Science (H046; H446)

You will complete the AS and A2 Computer Science Course, which includes a number of different theoretical and practical elements, including computer hardware and software, computer programming, algorithms and algorithm design and computer networking.


AS Computer Science

  • Paper 1 – Computing principles (01) 70 marks 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper, 50% of AS

  • Paper 2: Algorithms and problem solving (02) 70 marks 1 hour and 15 minutes written paper, 50% of AS

A Level Computer Science

  • Paper 1: Computer systems (01) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of A level

  • Paper 2: Algorithms and programming (02) 140 marks 2 hours and 30 minutes written paper 40% of A level

  • Programming project: 70 marks Non-exam assessment , 20% of A level