The ICT/Computing department at Buile Hill Academy benefits from four dedicated fully networked computer rooms, all use Windows Seven as the operating system with cloud based Google Apps and Google Classroom being fully integrated as a way of working.
Computing is taught as a discreet subject at KS3 and as an option at KS4. We have been making significant changes to the curriculum over the previous 12 months. Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow a condensed national programme of study and have 1 lesson per peek.
Years 10 & 11 students study GCSE Computing, BTEC Digital Information Technology, BTEC Creative Media or GCSE Business Studies.
The faculty achieves outstanding results which primarily is down to excellent teaching being at the heart of everything we do. The teachers work hard to ensure that all lessons are well planned, creative and interesting.
Collaborative working is something which comes naturally to the faculty; joint projects are undertaken during creative weeks as well as in topical projects throughout KS3 and KS4.
We value extracurricular opportunities in the faculty as a way of extending the learning and enjoyment the pupils receive after the home time bell goes.

Key Stage 3

At key stage 3 pupils will study the following topics:

  • e safety
  • Binary
  • Flash Animation
  • Python Programing
  • Video Editing
  • Hardware & Software
  • App Creation

Key Stage 4

Pupils will study different subjects dependent on their ability. Top sets in Year 11 will do GCSE Computing.

  • GCSE Computer Science
  • A selection of the topics they will study are:
  • Python Programing
  • App Creation
  • Networking

Pupils will be assessed by 100% exam and a NEA assessment

BTEC Digital Information Technology

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed (60%) and one that’s externally assessed (40%). The three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned. The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course.
Ideal for learners who want a career in IT and want to get a broad taste of digital skills.
A stepping stone to careers like IT Project Management, Technical Support and Cyber Security.

BTEC Creative Media Production

You get the chance to develop valuable skills and techniques in different disciplines, produce a practical response to a digital media brief, and explore potential careers in the industry.
Learners can choose from three pathways - audio/moving image, publishing, and interactive media. Each pathway can be offered to learners based on their interests. The external assessment is open to learner interpretation - great for keeping them engaged.
Great for hands-on learners who want to get straight in and ‘make’.
Beneficial for learners with a creative instinct who may be interested in Art or D&T and are looking for a course which combines skills from each in a client and customer-driven creative sector.

We also offer GCSE Business Studies, see the Business Studies page for more information.


We set homework as per the school calendar Key Stage 3 will receive one piece a fortnight, and Key Stage 4 one piece a week.

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