Curriculum - IT & Computing

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IT & Computing

Computing encompasses three areas: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.  It is the most swiftly changing academic environment and one which directly affects students on a daily basis throughout their education, and into their work life.

IT and Computing is taught as a discrete subject throughout KS3.  Students experience a wide variety of application software including Microsoft Office and the Serif Creative Suite, e-Safety, and the principles involved in computer programming including the study of Scratch and Python.

BTEC Creative Digital Media Production is taught as an Option at Y10 for those who wish to develop their skills further in this field. This includes an introduction to, and practical projects related to the 5 media sectors; Digital Publishing, Radio, TV and Film, Game Design and Web Design.

All Y10 study the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) as part of the core curriculum.  This is an industry recognised qualification equivalent to a GCSE which enables students to demonstrate their digital literacy.  Students are assessed through four online exams which assess their competency with:

  • Word Processing
  • Presentation Software
  • Spreasheets
  • Improving Productivity Using IT