Aims of the Department

We aim to:


KS3 students follow the National Curriculum for Computing. They receive two lessons per week for a half term in Years 7, 8 and 9.


KS4 students are provided with the opportunity to undertake the British Computer Society’s European Computer Driving Licence. ECDL is the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe. This qualification equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning.

ECDL programmes have been delivered to over 11 million people, in 41 languages across 148 countries. Over 2 million people have taken ECDL in the UK since 1997.

OCR Cambridge Nationals are also available as an option and this programme of study covers a range of ICT skills that include creating interactive products, creating digital imagining, sound and video editing, computer networks and data handling.

All students complete a compulsory unit (exam based) on computer systems. Three additional units are studied, which are teacher assessed and externally moderated. There are three possible grade outcomes available from studying this qualification: pass, merit and distinction.

Career Opportunities in ICT

Students can continue the study of ICT onto a level 3 qualification, which qualifies as entry to university if they choose to go on to higher education and study a related degree course. If further education is not the preferred option, there many jobs where this qualification can be applied:

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