Computer Science & ICT

In our everyday life we rely on computers to exchange and present information, so it's crucial for students to be confident in this area.  The department delivers courses to equip students with the appropriate skills in ICT & Computer Science to use in their school life, and also further ahead to their university and professional career.

We aim to help students build skills throughout the lower school curriculum, where all students throughout Upper 3 and Lower 4 (Years 7 and 8) study Computer Science alongside ICT for one lesson weekly (1 hour). Following this, GCSE Computer Science is offered as an option and leads on to A Level Computer Science as building blocks towards university and a professional career.

ComputER SCIENCE

Computer Science helps students to develop logic and problem-solving skills.  This gives them the confidence to create, analyse and interpret code, so that they are able to build systems that solve real-world problems.  We offer students the opportunity to take GCSE and A Level Computer Science.

Computer Science is a great subject, as it gives students the opportunity to be creative and build their own systems. To do this successfully, students need a blend of skills that includes logic and problem-solving along with a big dose of inspiration! 

ICT

ICT is about learning the skills to use the correct software to communicate effectively.  All students complete the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) qualification in Word and Excel. 

 

Curriculum Structure

Year Computer Science ICT
Upper 3 (Yr 7) &
Lower 4 (Yr 8)
Development of ICT & Computer Science skills
Upper 4 (Yr 9) Character Representation
Image Representation
Python Programming

Mandatory 
Word MOS Qualification

Lower 5 (Yr 10)  Optional
GCSE Computer Science
Mandatory
Excel MOS Qualification
Upper 5 (Yr 11) -
Lower 6 (Yr 12) Optional
A Level Computer Science
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Upper 6 (Yr 13) -