Computing and ICT

Head of Department: Shazul Ahmed

  • Athaur Kadir
  • Heeten Patel

Computing and ICT are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the games we play. Understanding computing is part of the necessary skill set for the future.

Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, studying computing and ICT will provide you with valuable knowledge.

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Key Stage 3

  • Understanding Computers (Hardware & Software)
  • Modelling and data handling – Excel/Access
  • Programming in Python
  • E-Safety – Cyberpass
  • Graphics – Flash/Photoshop
  • Games development –Scratch, Kodu

Pupils will study these units in Year 7 and Year 8. This will give them an opportunity to develop their ICT skills by carrying out tasks using various software packages. These units will equip pupils for KS4 study across a range of subjects including ICT and Computing.

Key Stage 4

Non Exam

Pupils will study computer science theory and will learn how to program using Python and Raspberry Pi. Pupils will also design and create games using Mission Maker and Kodu. Pupils will also be taught graphic and web authoring skills using Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver. 

GCSE Computer Science

  • Component 01 – Computer Systems looks at Systems architecture
  • Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming
  • Practical Programming

This carefully planned course is relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science giving students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. The course will further develop pupil’s problem solving skills with opportunity to designs systems too.

BTEC Digital Information Technology

  • Component 1 - Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques
  • Component 2 - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting
  • Component 3 - Effective Digital Working Practices

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment.  Students will learn a strong mix of creative design and technical knowledge giving students a real insight into the modern fundamentals of IT.

Key Stage 5

A-level Computer Science

The course is structured over three components:

  • Computer Systems
  • Algorithms and programming
  • Programming Project

The A-level in Computer Science will encourage learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It will provide insight into, and experience of how computer science works, stimulating learners’ curiosity and encouraging them to engage with computer science in their everyday lives and to make informed choices about further study or career choices.

Other important things to know

Other important things to know:

  • There are 3 ICT suites within the department
  • Course text books for KS4 and KS5 courses provided
  • Google classroom access to work and resources
  • Extensive ICT equipment available for student use