Lower Secondary Computing

The benefits of studying Lower Secondary Computing

Our Lower Secondary Computing homeschooling course Parts 1, 2 and 3 covers the requirements of the English Key Stage 3 National curriculum.

The courses will allow your child to develop computational and critical thinking and to use them along with creativity to understand the world around them and improve their problem-solving skills.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of courses at Lower Secondary Level.

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Key topics covered

Almost all parts of our lives are affected by computer programs. On these courses students can begin to learn the advanced skills needed to make computers work for them. Key areas covered include:

  • Computational thinking.
  • Writing programs in a range of computing languages.
  • Using cloud software to present information.
  • Analysing data in spreadsheets.
  • Creating physical computing solutions to small problems.
  • Safe and effective Internet searches.
  • How to build a basic website.
  • Build applications that will run on mobile devices.

The syllabus and hours of study

  • Our Lower Secondary Computing homeschooling courses assume that your child has completed Primary Level Maths to a good standard. Previous experience of programming will be of benefit as, though Part 1 of the course assumes no prior knowledge, students are required to develop programming skills which can be challenging and requires resilience. This course is particularly relevant if students plan to study IGCSE Computer Science. Students that are looking to learn skills related to using computers may be interested in our Digital Literacy course.
  • We would recommend that students study Part 1 followed by Part 2 and then Part 3, as the skills learnt will allow students to study the following course(s) successfully.
  • The course follows the English National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 Computing.
  • Allow for up to 3 hours per week of study time for your child to complete each part of Secondary Computing plus additional time for completing assignments.
  • We find that most children can complete the course in 9 months.
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Lower secondary computing

Hardware and software requirements

Students will require use of a laptop or desktop computer running Mac OS (10.14), Windows 10 or Linux.

Students will need a Google account and Google Chrome. Windows users will need to install Notepad ++ or Atom and Mac/Linux users Atom, alternatively Repl.it can be used online.

Microsoft Excel is used on the course. If students do not have Excel, they can use Google Sheets instead.

Course samples

Course Fees

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Our children (almost 13 and 11) have been students of Wolsey Hall Oxford since 2017. Every year we achieve the perfect balance of flexibility and academic excellence. Our Student Progress Manager works closely with us tailoring the education of our children month by month, something that could never be achieved in any other type of schooling. The tutors for each subject are always available to answer questions and mark promptly the monthly assignments, which follow the National Curriculum to the highest possible standards. The wider support team of Wolsey Hall is also very responsive and we enjoy the option of joining other students in after-school clubs and activities that create as much of a school community life as one would like to get involved in.
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