Computing and ICT
Computing is a compulsory subject in Year 7 and 8 and covers both computer science, information technology and digital literacy. In Year 9 students can choose to study either Computer Science or ICT through to Year 11.
Years 7 and 8
During Year 7 and 8 students study a combination of ICT and Computing which follows the national Curriculum Programme of Study in Computing. This includes:
- Digital Literacy - students learn how to use a range of 'office' applications such as word processing and spreadsheets, as well as how to use the Internet effectively and safely.
- Information Technology - students learn about computer systems and how to apply the skills they have to practical problems.
- Computer Science - students learn how to use a range of programming applications, developing their knowledge of these whilst at the same time developing skills in analytical thinking.
Years 9 to 11
From Year 9 all students study for either a Level 2 ICT qualification or GCSE Computer Science. We currently follow the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Information Technologies syllabus for ICT and the AQA Computer Science for Computing.
ICT: Students study a range of software applications as well as how to plan and manage a project. The final qualification is made up of one exam and one controlled assessment unit.
Computer Science: Students study a range of topics including computer systems, cybersecurity and data representation as well as developing their programming skills. The final qualification is made up of two exams as well as a controlled assessment unit.