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Our KS3 Computing courses are developed to be followed over three years or as stand alone courses for just one year. This allows your child to follow a course of study based around the latest British computing curriculum, informed by our work with the National Center for Computing Education. Students learn at their own pace, covering the key aspects of Computing: ICT, Digital Literacy, & Computer Science.
Our KS3 courses are divided into 3 separate courses, allowing student to progress to GCSE at a pace that suits them best. Each of our KS3 courses are aimed at students aged 11 – 14 and are led by qualified tutors who specialize in distance learning. However, as home educators ourselves, we understand that age doesn’t always equate to the level of study and to make your choice easier, we have developed a free online assessment to help you choose which course to enrol on:
As part of this distance learning course, students have the option to access a weekly live class (term time) covering different aspects of the course. Live classes are run by our IT specialist tutors and have been designed to give students the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback on their progress.
Important note: Our course covers a curriculum in line with year 7 – 9 in British schools. All assessments are against the Nation Curriculum KS3 standards or above. Full curriculum is covered over the three KS3 courses but does not prevent students from progressing to GCSE.
Our KS3 Computing classes run over 5 terms with an additional summer project for students wishing to study past the May half term. Live classes are run in groups of 6 weeks with end of topic assessments set at the end of each. Each topic includes:
- Pre-Recorded video lessons introducing the key aspects of the topic
- Downloadable tasks
- Quiz / Interactive task to test your knowledge
- Optional live lessons with a subject specialist tutor via Zoom
Our Curriculum for Year 2
Each of our KS3 courses covers a range of topics each year allowing our learners to access the full range of computing – not just programming! (although there is programming included every year)
Students can enrol at any time, but we strongly recommend starting at the beginning of a half term as the course is divided into topics.
|Sept – Oct||Computer Hardware – what’s inside the box?||Jay Shurey|
|Nov – Dec||Web Programming (coding an interactive advent calendar)||Holly Billinghurst|
|Jan– Feb||More About Malware (e-safety & netiquette)||Jay Shurey|
|Feb – Mar||Programming in Python||Holly Billinghurst|
|Apr – Jun||Codebreaking with Spreadsheets (ICT)||Holly Billinghurst|
Frequently Asked Questions
Our course covers a curriculum in line with year 7 – 9 in British schools and our tutors are linked to the British Computer Society’s Education arm, Computing@Schoool (& NCCE). All assessments are against the National Curriculum KS3 standards or above.
The full KS3 curriculum is covered over the three KS3 courses but does not prevent students from progressing to GCSE. At the end of each KS3 course, students are set an online test which indicates a suggested next stage of study.
Do I Need to Complete Year 1 First?
The course has been designed as a stand-alone distance learning course, but we strongly recommend enrolling onto year 1 as your first KS3 course with us as some of the year 2 concepts build on what we have taught in the previous year.
Does This Course Include Live Tuition?
The course has been designed as a stand-alone distance learning course, but includes access to an optional weekly live class for students our students. To allow our tutors to provide individual assistance and build strong relationships with our students, we limit our group sizes to 10. Where our enrolled numbers exceed this, we will implement a second group.
How Do I Access The Live Class?
Once you have enrolled for the option which includes live classes, you will be able to access your live lesson links directly through your online course.
Do I need any additional resources / textbooks?
Whilst the course has been designed to include all of the information required to study our units, you will require access to certain software to allow you to prepare for the practical aspects of the exam.
It is assumed that you will have access to an Office application for spreadsheets. Other units require a free website account to access them (Repl & Scratch).
Does The Course Include Practical IT Skills?
Yes. We ensure that all of our courses from KS3 to A Level include practical aspects in both the independent lessons and live classes. You can expect your child to be guided through practical IT skills through a series of projects helping them to understand everyday office applications in addition to the Computer Science skills of programming and understanding data.
How Will I Be Charged?
As our courses are run over 5 separate half terms, parents have the option to select payment for the year at a reduced rate of £360 or a deposit of £60 with the remainder paid over 8 monthly instalments from September 2022.
Each year, we offer a small number of privately funded scholarships to students who have reserved a place on our courses. To apply for a 2022/23 scholarship place, please apply here once registered.