In the autumn of 2012 the British Computer Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering coordinated the development of a draft ICT Programme of Study at the invitation of the Department for Education (DfE). BCS and CAS submitted their joint response to the DfE’s draft national curriculum consultation.
The government has confirmed that it intends to proceed to replace the existing ICT curriculum with a new computing curriculum beginning in September 2014. In order to comply with the new DfE policy on computing, students are taught basic coding skills, using Scratch and Python, in Key Stage 3. In addition, Students in year 9 will be given the opportunity to complete a vocational qualification taster course – BTEC Entry Level 3 in ITQ.
In Key Stage 4, Students complete a vocational computing qualification, BTEC Certificate in ITQ, in order to gain maximum employability skills.
Areas covered are Microsoft Office, various design software and Internet Safety.