Our KS3 Computing course 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.
KS3 Year 1 Classes are : Group 1: Wednesdays at 9am UK Time (maximum 10 students)
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 2021/22
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.
|Half Term||Topics||Day of Live Lesson||Tutor|
|Sept 8th – Oct 13th||The History of Data (from cave paintings to Binary)||Group 1: Wednesdays @9am BST||Holly Billinghurst|
|Nov 3rd – Dec 8th||Web Awareness (e-safety & netiquette)||Group 1: Wednesdays @9am GMT||Jay Shurey|
|Jan 5th – Feb 9th||Python Turtle Programming||Group 1: Wednesdays @9am GMT||Holly Billinghurst|
|Feb 23rd – Mar 30th||Minecraft Spreadsheets (ICT)||Group 1: Wednesdays @9am GMT||Holly Billinghurst|
|Apr 27th – May 25th & 8th May||Programming Concepts in Scratch||Group 1: Wednesdays @9am BST||Jay Shurey|
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.
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 added to our student portal – this will include a calendar link to the class alongside a register to allow us to provide feedback to you as a parent each week. Should you wish to know more about our student portal, please contact us at email@example.com
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, payment for this course is taken over 9 monthly instalments of £40 (£360 total) from the date of enrolment. Alternatively, you can book the full academic year for £300 by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org Access to the course commences from your date of first payment – should you wish to reserve a place prior to the start of term without charge, please contact us at email@example.com