Wentworth Computer Science College

Years 9 & 10 Subject Information

We have developed a curriculum for our Years 9 and 10 students that aims to give them the strongest possible foundation for their senior Cambridge Examinations at the College. Our two-year Junior School curriculum aims to provide a base from which students can venture into senior courses and, combined with offered industry qualifications, a springboard into their future careers.

Students in Years 9 & 10 study a broad curriculum while maintaining a STEM focus. They study the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and Global Perspectives (Social Science) but enjoy the additional subjects of Computer Science and ICT/Digital Media and Design. Students also benefit from a weekly life skills class as well as a 2 hour PE session.

Subjects Offered:

This subject is a core subject for students in Years 9 & 10. English is an important subject and will be required in later years for University Entrance.

Mathematics is the foundation subject of technology, and encompasses both algebra and statistics. A good grounding in this subject is important for understanding the fundamentals of Computer Science, ICT, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and related Sciences and is another core subject.

This is a core subject that is important for specialising in other sciences in the senior years. Many technological university degree programmes require a good grounding in Physics and Chemistry and combined science will provide the foundation for these higher level subjects.

This core subject is an important social science for our junior students. Students will study various topics related to the world around them.

In Years 9 & 10 the students have a two hour session once a week. This takes a variety of forms including excursions to exhibitions, sport/games in the Domain or climbing one of the local Maunga. 

This introduces students to practical skills that they can use in their every day life. Topics covered include study skills, health, financial literacy, communication skills and so on.


Students are able to choose which ‘elective’ they want to study within Computer Science; from Unity Game Design, HTML, Cyber Security, AI and many more. We aim to challenge our students and encourage them to reach their academic potential. Many of these electives can result in Industry Qualfications useful in the “real world” outside of school.

Digital Technology:

This subject will involve learning about computers and their applications. The aim of this subject will be to improve student’s overall ability to use programmes to gather and process data effectively and to learn about emerging technologies. This will include learning to use software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Email as well as HTML and CSS to create websites, AI, VR and Robots.

Students will learn the fundamental principles of Computer Science and how computers work and how they are used to solve problems, e.g. hardware, software, computing language, modelling, fundamentals, problem solving, AI and computer security. In Year 9, students will choose from the following electives: Game Design in Unity, Cybersecurity, Competitive programming, Amazon Web Services, Machine Learning & AI, Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Students will learn about using computers and software in design and art, this can include animation, Photoshop and Lightroom or other software usage, 3-D modelling and printing. This subject will introduce students to using technology creatively to solve a problem or fulfill a client brief.