Computing and Digital Media

About Us
Students of the modern world encounter technology in every aspect of their lives. At Clyst Vale we offer a curriculum at KS3 which gives students all of the skills required to work and study ensuring IT skills.

Students have the opportunity to complete multimedia tasks and create their own videos, sounds, images and animations. Digital Media qualifications are taught at KS4.

A key part of our curriculum is computing which is studied from Year 7 and can become a focus in KS4 and KS5.

Unpinning all computing is a commitment to digital literacy and safety. Being able to use technology safely and evaluate content is a key skill of modern living and something we take very seriously at Clyst Vale.


Miss M Higginson Head of Computing   
Mr A Bailey Teacher of Computing, Head of Yellow School   
Mr G Turl Teacher of Computing & Digital Media   
Mr D Hewlett Teacher of KS3 Computing & Digital Media   
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 – My Digital Survival Kit

Basic IT skills

Autumn 2 – My Digital Time Capsule

Web design and E-safety

Spring- Microbit

with Python

Summer 1 – Basic Spreadsheets

Learning how to create, format, create graphs and simple formulas in Excel

Summer 2 – My Multi Media Project

Using sound, video and image editing software to create a video about Festival on the Field


Autumn 1- My Virtual Team

Programming, use of electronic communication, software development and E-safety

Spring – Top Trumps
Creating, editing and interrogating Databases


Summer – Inside the Box

Learning to program, and the basics of how computers work

Autumn – Visual Basic

Programming, Computing Theory

Spring-Digital Images Truth of Fiction

Photoshop/image editing

Digital literacy

Summer 1 – E-Safety

Moving forward as an adult online

Summer  2 – IT in the Work Place

Developing essential IT skills for completing GCSE work across the curriculum and for the work place



Digital Media Cambridge National  – Creative Imedia
(level 1 students) CIDA – Certificate in Digital Applications
(level 2 students)
Computing AQA GCSE Computing

Digital Media Courses

Digital media courses are designed to be vocational options mirroring tasks completed in the digital industries. Students will learn to use a range of creative software applications and will also learn web design.  These courses have 75% non-examined assessment and a 25% exam.

Cambridge Nationals Creative Imedia

Year 10 Autumn Year 10 Spring Year 10 Summer
Practicing Software Skills Digital Assets – Poster Design Video Editing – Advert Creation
Year 11 Autumn Year 11 Spring Year 11 Summer
Animation Exam Practice Exam Practice


Year 10 Autumn Year 10 Spring Year 10 Summer
Practicing Software Skills Creating Banner and Program Creating Blimp and Market Stall Model
Year 11 Autumn Year 11 Spring Year 11 Summer
Completing Digital Products and Create Portfolio Complete Portfolio – Exam Practice Exam Practice


This is a course that has real relevance in our modern world. While learners will no doubt already have some knowledge of computers and related areas, the course will give them an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on “behind the scenes”. As part of this, they will investigate computer programming, which many learners find interesting.

Who is it for?

Students who wish to pursue a detailed study of IT systems and learn a little more about what happens behind the scenes, including computer networks, security and hacking, hardware fundamentals or wish to start to learn the basics of writing their own computer programmes.
How is it assessed?

This course is assessed using a mixture of written examination, practical programming challenge.
Paper 1: Computational thinking and problem solving (40% of GCSE)
Computational thinking, problem solving, code tracing and applied computing as well as theoretical knowledge of computer science from subject content.Paper 2: Written assessment (40% of GCSE)
Theoretical knowledge from subject content
Non-exam assessment (20% of GCSE)
The non-exam assessment (NEA) assesses a student’s ability to use the knowledge and skills gained through the course to solve a practical programming problem. Students will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving, consistent with the skills taught during theory lessons.

Year 12/13 Computing Long Term Planning (New Syllabus AQA)

Year 12

Mr Bailey


Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Designing solutions to problems

The structure of procedural programs

Data types and data structures

Common facilities of procedural languages

Writing maintainable programs

Testing and running a solution

Revision Project
Year 12

Mrs Higginson

Computing Theory



Data: its presentation, structure and management

Data transmission and networking

Intro to Databases

Networks continued

Object Orientated Programming

Functional Programming

Implications of Computer use

Revision Project
Year 13

Mr Bailey

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer  1 Summer 2

Programming Practice

Exam prep: N/A
Year 13

Mrs Higginson

Computing Theory

The function and purpose of translators


Computer architectures

Data representation

High-level language programming paradigms Databases
Low-level languagesRevision
Exam prep: N/A