Computing at Buckler’s Mead aims to provide pupils with the skills required to become autonomous users of computing technology in an ever changing world.  During their time at the Academy, pupils are introduced to a wide range of hardware and software packages and are taught the basic concepts of programming.  The Computing department works hard with pupils to ensure they make good progress and that they are ready for the challenges of the 21st century workplace.

Key Stage 3 – Students study a range of individual units that is designed to give them the skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful at Key Stage 4 not just in Computing but across a range of different subjects.

Year 7

Spreadsheet Software

Data Representation


Image and Photo Editing

Pivot Stick Animation

Presentation Software

Data Analysis


Year 8

Internet Research

Desktop Publishing Software

Input and Output Devices

Programming in Scratch

E Safety


Stop Frame Animation


In Key Stage 4 for students opt to take Computer Science at GCSE. This course is split into three units, 2 examinations each worth 40% of the qualification grade and a NEA worth 20% of the qualification. The year 9 curriculum allows students to develop the vital knowledge and understanding which will allow them to transistion into the GCSE course with greater success.

Year 9       

Hardware and Software

Data Representation

Computer Systems

Learn to Program in Python




Year 10


Logical Operations


Organisation and Structure of Data

Operating Systems

Principles of Programming

Software Engineering

Program Construction

Security and Data Management

Ethical, Legal and Environmental impacts on digital technology on wider society


Year 11

Problem Solving

Algorithms and programming constructs

Programming Languages

Data structures and Data types

Security and authentication

Software Development