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Mrs E Nwokolo

Head of Department

Ms X Thompson

2ic Computing 

Miss K Young Teacher

There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.

Jim Lovell

The school's approach to the curriculum

Computing @ Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College aims to fully equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work. Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students learn about computer architecture, how computers systems work, how to code programmes in different languages as well as a range of design and image editing skills. Our curriculum is designed to stretch, challenge and prepare our students to study GCSE Computing or ICT and then progress onto A-level Computer Science or Technical courses before pursuing courses in higher education or careers in computing.

Key Stage 3

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident and productive use of ICT essential for everybody.

At Hatcham College, we incorporate the use of computers and technology across the whole curriculum. For young learners technology is part and parcel of their everyday lives. As a school we endeavour to increase students' capability in the use of ICT and support them to become confident and independent users of a wide range of technologies. Computing is a skills shortage area on the UK, therefore it is more important than ever that our students are prepared to embark on these careers when they leave education.

Year 7 students will study one double lesson of Computing each week. Year 8 and 9 students will study one double lesson of Computing every other week. 

Year 7

  • Functional Skills in ICT
  • Graphic Design + E-Safety
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Programming with Micro:Bit
  • Data Representation

Years 8 

  • Web Design and Development
  • Inside the Computer
  • Networks
  • Algorithm Development with Scratch

Year 9

  • Programming with Python
  • Database Design + Development
  • Cyber security - the ethical, legal and environmental impact
  • Trends in Computing Project

Key Stage 4

Computer scientists theorise, design, develop and apply the software and hardware fo the programmes we use day in day out.

At Hatcham College, we are committed to preparing our learners for the digital age and all the challenges and rewards it offers to them as individuals and to society as a whole.

OCR GCSE Computing Science (J276)

The Computer Science qualification is, above all else, relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science. This specification is being delivered at Hatcham College to get students working with real-world programming and provide them with a good understanding of the fundamental principles of computing. This provides an academically challenging specification for students of all ability levels. Creating the next generation of computer programmers will ensure that Askean learners remain competitive in an area growing in demand every day.

This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit both their exams at the end of the two year course.

Component 1: Computer Systems Component 2: Application of Computational Thinking
What's assessed / Subject Content How is it assessed What's assessed / Subject Content How is it assessed

Component 1: Computer systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • System security
  • System software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

50% of total GCSE

Computer systems


80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper

(no calculators allowed)

Component 2: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

50% of total GCSE

Computational thinking,

algorithms and programming


80 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes

Written paper

(no calculators allowed)

 OCR Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia (J817)

At Hatcham College we offer an ICT-based qualification in Creative iMedia which takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip learners with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. The course is industry relevant, geared to key sector requirements and very popular with schools and colleges because it suits such a broad range of learning styles and abilities.

Units Assessment Method
R081: Pre-production skills

Written paper - OCR set and marked

1 hour 15 mins – 60 marks (60 UMS)
R082: Creating digital graphics

Centre assessed tasks - OCR moderated

Approx 10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)
R087: Creating interactive multimedia products

Centre assessed tasks - OCR moderated

Approx 10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)
R091: Designing a game concept

Centre assessed tasks - OCR moderated

Approx 10 hours – 60 marks (60 UMS)