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Welcome to the Computing Department at York High School!

IT Subject staff

Al Metcalfe (Subject Leader):

Mr L Collins

Mr L Clayton

Miss D Robertson


KS3 Overview

In the department you will study a wide range of Computing and Media (including office skills such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases), Computing (including games /app making and the internal workings of a computer) and Media (including animation, graphic design and movie making) all of which will be useful for everyday life. You will have the opportunity to work with new technology and master the use of existing technology. 

You will learn how technology is used for different purposes, audiences and genres whilst undertaking exciting practical work.

Key Skills

  • Safety Online
  • Structural Programming
  • Photo Editing
  • Data input and processing
  • Programming
  • Database Management
  • Animation Creation
  • Kiosk Systems
  • Movies and Special Effects

KS3 Topics

Year 7

  • Safety and Security
  • Word Processing
  • Logo
  • Control Systems
  • Movie Making

Year 8

  • HTML
  • Spreadsheets
  • Python 1
  • The Computer
  • Animation

Year 9

  • Databases
  • Kiosk Touchscreen Systems
  • Python 2
  • Binary
  • Graphics and Project

KS4 Overview

Creative I-media

Students will undertake 4 units.  One examination assessment on Pre-Production skills and three pieces of coursework. The coursework topics are: Animation, Kiosk System and Graphics Design.

Computer Science

The students will undertake 3 units.  Two examinations and one NEA.  The NEA is a programing task usually to create a game using Python.  Each exam paper is worth 50% each.  They will learn about hardware, software and computer systems.  They will understand how to write a computer game and make it as efficient as possible.

Exam board links

Creative I-Media

Computer Science

Revision materials



OCR Exam Board Sample Work:-

BBC Bitesize for general Media (not specifically i-media):-


Creative I-media Work Book, Kevin Wells

Creative I-media text book, Kevin Wells


Computer Science


OCR Exam Board Sample Work:-

BBC Bitesize for computer science:-


Collins Computer Science work book

Letts Computer Science Text book

Python in one day, text book

Flashcards pack for Computer Science