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Computing (Core)

Head of Department: Dr W Grey

What is Core Computing?

It is vital that all pupils are equipped with a strong set of digital skills before they move on to the next stage of their learning. Therefore all pupils in year 10 and 11, including those already studying iMedia and GCSE computer science, will complete core computing.  

What skills will I develop?

You will learn the basic digital skills.  This will include being confident using office applications (Word), and online collaborative tools (sharepoint, Teams and OneNote).  In addition you will continue to learn about how to stay safe online.  We will also examine how algorithmic thinking approaches can be used as study techniques.  

What syllabus will I follow?


As part of the core computing curriculum pupils will also complete the inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) award. The iDEA award will help you to develop your digital, enterprise and employability skills. More information about the award can be found here: https://idea.org.uk/.

What will the course look like?

The core curriculum will be delivered through your core KS4 subjects (MFL, English, Science, Maths and PE). You will complete the Bronze award for iDEA during the curriculum extension days and for homework throughout year 10 and autumn term in year 11. The assessments can be completed independently, and you will be guided through their learning. The qualification takes 20-25 hours in total over 12 months. Topics that will be covered include: 

  •  Making websites
  • Animation
  •  Graphic Design
  •  Video Editing
  • The cloud
  •  E-safety
  •  Internet and Web
  •  Digital Research
  •  Coding
  •  Big Data
  •  Money Management
  •  Social Media in Business
  •  Problem solving
  •  Growth Mindset
  •  Teamwork
  •  Interviews
  • Working from Home
  •  Advertising
  •  Fake News
  •  Personal statement

What homework will I get?

You will be set homework through the core subjects approximately once every half term in order to give you sufficient opportunity to complete the iDEA award.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete the online assessments to achieve iDEA badges with the aim of achieving the Bronze award. 

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

The iDEA award is a widely recognised qualification and is something that will help you in future employment or study

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

There are no requirements for this course.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

Please speak with your computer science teacher or head of computing Dr Grey wgrey@combertonvc.org.  In addition you can look at the iDEA website www.idea.org.uk