ICT & Computing
The ability to use and understand how computers work is an essential skill for students to be able to take an active part in modern society. The school has state of the art equipment in four dedicated computer suites and offers a wide range of courses to suit the interests of all students.
Key Stage 3
In Years 7 & 8, students are introduced to a wide variety of computer applications to develop their skills in using computer programmes. In 2014 Computing has also been introduced to the National Curriculum and students will embark on a new course exploring the way that computers work and the programming techniques required for developing new applications. These courses are an ideal introduction to the world of computer science.
Key Stage 4
Two courses are offered to enable students to explore different aspects of ICT and Computing.
GCSE Computing – This new exciting course gives learners the opportunity to investigate and gain an in-depth understanding into how computers work, and how they are used.
The Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing; for example, digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games.
ICT has a very wide appeal to a whole range of career pathways. Here are but a few examples: Progress to study ICT or another subject at Degree Level, Network Management, Software and games development, Internet service provider, e-mail and messaging systems and website design and development.
The Games Design Specialism course provides the knowledge, understanding and technical skills for learners wishing to enter upon a career in Computer Games Design or Development, Animation, Digital Graphics or Special Effects Production.
Post, or even pre-university, there is a wide variety of lucrative careers involving computing for those with a passion for the subject and a willingness to keep learning. In fact, the growth and evolution of new technologies means in the future there will be lots of jobs that require computing skills that we have not even thought about yet! Computing is a subject that could awaken a passion that could lead anywhere and last a lifetime.