The overall aim of the Computing course is to give all students the opportunity to become competent users of IT/computers. The department also aims to integrate ICT/Computing into all lessons, so students become accustomed to using IT across the curriculum.  Students learn the digital skills needed to navigate and use technology efficiently and responsibly in every-day life, whether at home, to socialise or to complete work.

In Computing lessons, students will become familiar with the main fundamental tasks of computers and how they work.  They will do this through 1) Input 2) Process and 3) Output of data to create information. 

Students will complete tasks by using the methodology of finding information, creating appropriate documents and reviewing their work. Students will be taught to plan projects by completing a feasibility study, analysis, implementation, then testing and evaluating their solutions to meet set criteria.

In KS3 ICT the emphasis of learning will be to teach students to become familiar with computers in order to complete everyday practical tasks.  These tasks include: Word Processing, Desktop Publishing, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Databases, Sound & Vision (Graphics & Video Editing), Programming and using E-mail.  Tasks in lessons will be user-orientated which means students will be using IT to solve a user’s problem.  In order to solve the problem, the student will need to understand the user’s needs and be able to use the correct tools to deliver a solution.  Development of good communication skills including literacy and numeracy will play an important role.

Students in KS4 ICT have three different certification pathways depending on their previous learning experience in ICT/Computer Science lessons:1. 

1. Entry Level
Basic experience in ICT/Computing lessons

2. Level 1 & 2
Some experience in ICT/Computing lessons. Able to work independently to complete coursework (OCR; BTEC ICT) or exams (Edexcel Functional Skills)

3. GCSE Computer Science

Experience in Computer Science lessons in mainstream school and an interest in computers and computational thinking is important to access this course.