The ICT and Computing department presently offer one GCSE course and a BTEC; all are for two years duration. If you wish to find out more, please see below for links to the relevant courses and past papers.
OCR Computing GCSE: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computer-science-j276-from-2016/
BTEC First - Creative Digital Media Production: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/creative-digital-media-production-2013-nqf.html#tab-1
Students will have the ability to use computer systems confidently and effectively. They will demonstrate standard ways of working such as maintaining an organised folder structure and following naming conventions. They will be able to use simple ‘office applications’ such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheet in order to solve a given problem. They will be able to use the Internet, including browsing, searching and creating content for the Web, communication and collaboration via e-mail, social networks, collaborative workspace and discussion forums confidently and responsibly. Students will know how to keep safe when using technology on desktop and portable devices especially when working online. They will consider privacy, ethics and intellectual property in their use of information technology.
Students will demonstrate computational and logical thinking. They will delve into a problem and strive to find a solution by changing variables and experimenting with syntax. They will have an inquisitive mind and purposely strive to find out how computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed. Students will seek to understand and explore the world around us, both natural and artificial, in computational terms.
Students will be able to demonstrate purposeful application of computer systems to solve real-world problems, including issues such as the creation of digital products which are both fit for audience and purpose. They will actively produce, create and explore the use of technology. This includes the ability to select the most suitable software for the task in hand and to review and evaluate in order to improve.