George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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The ICT and Computing department is a highly skilled and well-staffed dedicated team, which is passionate about both subjects. We ensure that students are fully equipped for the ever changing world of ICT and Computing

Study Support

The Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.


A computer game making club takes place which allows students to learn how to design, develop and program computer games

What the students say about the department

"I really enjoy coding my own programs in lessons" [MZ]

"My favourite part of the course was creating my own videogame using Scratch and Codu" [TS]



Mr C Hearn (Head of ICT), e-mail:


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

ict classroom and studentsDuring Key Stage 3 students develop a range of ICT and Computer Science skills, involving spreadsheets, databases, presentations, graphics, website design and multimedia as well as computer systems, computer programming and game designing. At the end of Year 9 they complete a project to consolidate and apply the skills they have learnt over the course of the three years.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology

Year 10

ict classroom and studentsComponent 1 – Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques (coursework 30%)

  • Learning Aim A – Investigate user interface design for individuals and organisations
  • Learning Aim B – Use project planning techniques to plan and design a user interface
  • Learning Aim C – Develop and review a user interface

Year 11

Component 2 – Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data (coursework 30%)

  • Learning Aim A – Investigate the role and impact of using data on individuals and organisations
  • Learning Aim B – Create a dashboard using data manipulation tools
  • Learning Aim C – Draw conclusions and review data presentation methods

Component 3 – Effective Digital Working Practices (exam 40%)

  • Learning Aim A – Modern Technologies
  • Learning Aim B – Cyber Security
  • Learning Aim C – The wider implications of digital systems
  • Learning Aim D – Planning and communication in digital systems

GCSE Computer Science (OCR 9-1)

Year 10

ict classroom and studentsPaper 1 – Computer Systems

  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers
  • Systems Security
  • Systems Software
  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Year 11

Paper 2 – Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Key Stage 5 / Post 16

an ict studentThe new BTEC Extended Certificate in Information Technology uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence which they can apply to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning throughout their career. The range of vocational assessments – both practical and written – means learners can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when taking their next step in IT, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or to potential employers.

Students will become advanced users of the Microsoft Suite as well as other multimedia products. Students will develop their skills in project planning, identifying user needs, testing and the product cycle.

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