Key Contacts

Mr Ralph Hersey – Subject Leader for ICT 

Mr Stephen O’Callaghan – Teacher of ICT and Assistant Principal

Curriculum Information

At Hanham Woods Academy, the ICT department are striving for every pupil to pass their GCSE and with the highest grade possible.

ICT and Computing is hugely important in today’s society and with a firm grasp and understanding of the subject, many doors are open to you.

The subject equips pupils with the ability to become experts at creating programmes (Computing) and at using software and applications (ICT).  Pupils will develop confidence in using a range of software, understanding how computers work and computational thinking, problem solving skills. These skills are all essential within the workplace and in society.

Teaching arrangements

KS3 – 1 x 50 minute lesson each week

KS4 – 3 x 50 minute lessons each week

ICT Facilities

At Hanham Woods Academy we are lucky to have 10 Full Computer Suites that can seat full classes of pupils and a further 6 smaller rooms for specific uses such as Art, Media Studies, SEN and Literacy

Each suite is fully fitted with modern computers curently running Windows 7 and the latest version of Office (2013).  We also have a wide range of educational and teaching and learning software for the pupils and staff to use.

Every classroom in the school is fitted with a modern LCD projector, interactive whiteboard and speakers helping staff to deliver dynamic and engaging lessons.

As part of the ICT facilities, all pupils are given personal email addresses and encouraged to interact directly with their teachers over matters such as homework, coursework or after school activities.  They are also given ample personal storage space on the network to make sure their work is safe and secure.  All staff and pupils can access their emails and files via our Home Access system and custom Virtual Learning environment (moodle)

Computing Curriculum Overview

Within KS3, students learn the basic concepts of computing through the following topic areas:

  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Systems
  • Computational Thinking
  • Data Representation

Within Key Stage 4, students have two route options (students have the option of choosing both if they wish):

Option 1: AQA GCSE Computer Science

The course covers the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of algorithms.
  • Fundamentals of data representation.
  • Computer systems.
  • Fundamentals of computer networks.
  • Fundamentals of cyber security.
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology on wider society.
  • Software development.

Assessment information:

Component Content Assessment % of grade
Paper 1 Computational Thinking and problem solving A mix of multiple choice, short answer and longer answer questions assessing a student’s practical problem solving and computational thinking skills. 1hr 30min Exam 40%
Paper 2

Computer Theory

A mix of multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response questions assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge. 1hr 30min Exam 40%
Non-exam assessment (NEA)


The development of a computer program along with the computer programming code itself which has been designed, written and tested by a student to solve a problem. Students will produce an original report outlining this development. 20 hours 20%*

What careers can this subject lead to?

Computer science is an exciting subject and can provide you with huge opportunities across lots of industries, for example: Computer Programmer, Day Trader, Machine Learning Engineer, CAD Designer, Games Developer, Legoland Designer, Clothes Designer, Tumblr product manager, Software Developer, Software Architect, Geographical information systems officer, Secondary school teacher, Technical Author, Music Data Analyst, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

Option 2: Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia

The course covers the following topics:

  • Understanding computer systems.
  • Using ICT to create solutions in a business environment.
  • Creating an interactive product using multimedia components.
  • Creating digital images.

Assessment information: 

Component Content Assessment % of grade
R081: Pre-production skills ·       Written paper

·       OCR set and marked

·       Learners answer ALL questions

1hr 15 mins Exam 25%
R082: Using ICT to create solutions in a business environment ·       The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. Internal assessment 25%
R086: Creating a digital animation ·       This unit enables learners to understand the basics of digital animation for the creative and digital media sector. Internal assessment 25%
R087: Creating interactive multimedia products ·       Students will learn where and why interactive multimedia is used and what features are needed for a given purpose. Internal assessment 25%


What careers can this subject lead to?

Thanks to your impressive IT knowledge and ace analytical skills (not to mention the fact that you’ll now be a whizz at problem solving) when it comes to potential careers, the world is pretty much your oyster. IT career options include: Web designer, systems analyst, computer games developer and UX (user experience) developer, whilst ICT graduates could also look for employment in the media (broadcast engineer, multimedia broadcaster, sound technician) military (armed forces technical officer, intelligence officer, satellite technician) or finance (credit analyst, commodity broker, financial risk analyst).