Computing and ICT

Head of Department: Shazul Ahmed

Deputy Head of Department:  Athaur Kadir

Member of Department:

  • 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.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

  • E-Safety
  • Games programming
  • App Development
  • HTML and Website development
  • Python Programming
  • Spreadsheet modelling
  • Graphics – Flash/Photoshop
  • Computer Hardware

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 (Years 9-11)

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 ICT

  • Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World
  • Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools (controlled assessment)

Pupils explore how technology impacts on every aspect of our daily lives: learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being and on the move. Pupils are taught to be ‘savvy IT users’, who understand the risks as well as the benefits and use ICT safely and responsibly. The nature of the Controlled Assessment, with its emphasis on ‘doing’ rather than ‘writing about’ helps develop important transferable skills including problem solving, creative thinking and collaborative working.

GCSE Computing

  • Unit 1 – Computer systems and programming
  • Unit 2 – Practical investigation
  • Unit 3 – Programming Project
  • This carefully planned course gives 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.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

  • AS ICT – Pupils will examine the life cycle of ICT related solutions and health and safety issues related to the use of ICT systems.Pupils will also explore broader issues and consequences related to the use of ICT.
  • A2 ICT – Pupils study the implications of continual evolution of technological developments and system capabilities of users of ICT. Pupils also produce a coursework that involves the production of an ICT system.

Other important things to know

  • Raspberry Pi programming club ran in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland
  • There are 4 ICT suites within the department
  • Course text books for KS4 and KS5 courses provided
  • Home Access to work and resources
  • Extensive ICT equipment available for student use