If you’re looking for some tips to get you started as a Computing teacher or subject lead, take a look at the CAS Secondary main page.
Key Stage 4 (commonly abbreviated as KS4) refers to the two years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 10 and Year 11, when pupils are aged between 14 and 16.
It is expected that all pupils must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career.
When studying computing or computer science at key stage 4, all pupils should be taught to:
- develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
- develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
- understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to identify and report a range of concerns.
(“Computing in the National Curriculum - A Guide for Secondary Teachers”)
You can download the full guide here: Computing in the national curriculum - a guide for secondary teachers and the Quick Start Guide for Secondary Teachers.
For curriculum information from the devolved nations, please see the links below:
- England: National Curriculum - Computing key stages 3 and 4
- Wales: Curriculum for Wales
- Scotland: Curriculum for Excellence
- Northern Ireland
Exam Specifications and Course Information:
Links to GCSE Exam Board information can be found on the Secondary Home Page.
Resources - Here you will find resources produced by CAS community members to support the teaching of computing to 14-16 year olds. All are free to download! Happy browsing!
More Suggested KS4 resources:
- NCCE Teach Computing Curriculum(free scheme of work)
- Oak Academy lessons (which link to the Teach Computing Curriculum)
- Computing Unplugged
- BBC Bitesize
- Project Evolve
- STEM Learning
- STEM Crew: Free STEM Resources (Teaching & Remote Learning)
Check out the KS3 page for resources to support transition to KS4.