Connecting the Learning Society

As an ICT using college  we've always taught students lots of really useful skills that are crucial in the 21st century where almost every part of our lives has technology at its core.

We teach students to design and create websites, produce animations, edit and manipulate images, manage data, perform calculations and create charts and graphs. We've also taught students how to use the internet effectively, how to stay safe, communicate and share information.

More and more students are becoming interested in not just how to use computers, but how they actually work. They want to know how one computer connects to another computer on the other side of the world.

Rather than just using computer programs – some of our students want to design and create their own programs, and not just for desktop computers or laptops, but for their tablets and smartphones as well.

Our Computing curriculum is broken down into three sections: Information Technology, Computer science and Digital Literacy.

Computer Science focuses on how computers work. The discipline of Computer Science allows students to develop computational thinking skills by using sequences of instructions to break down complex problems into logical steps. In addition this field of Computing focuses on how data is processed, transmitted and represented, both within a computer system and across computer networks (such as the Internet). Computer programming also features heavily within the discipline of Computer Science but this should be seen as a practical element to support the teaching of Computer Science principles – essentially it’s the ‘lab work’ of Computer Science.

Information Technology is primarily concerned with using a range of computer software packages (such as office productivity software, web design software, graphics software, audio and video editing software and internet browsers) to develop effective solutions to problems. In addition, students look at the impact of technology on the way that people live, work and communicate. 

The term Digital Literacy is used to identify basic computer skills as well as an understanding of e-safety and being a good "digital citizen". Digital Literacy is a topic which will be addressed throughout the Curriculum, but should also be covered through whole-school computer use.


Aims of the Course

The course aims to develop skills so that students can become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed choices about its use with an awareness of its implications for individuals, organisations and society.  Through the course the students will acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts – work related, social media, etc.  The students will explore ICT solutions to problems and evaluate these solutions. The students will look at the social and commercial impact of current and emerging technologies.  They will come to an understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues around ICT as well as the risks and safe and responsible practice.

Course Content

Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World - considers personal digital devices, connectivity, operating online, online goods and services, online communities and a range of other issues including the legal position, safe practice, etc.  

the risks and safe and responsible practice.


Course Content

 Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools – this is a practical unit in which the students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability.  They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.  The scenario is set by the Examination Board.

Assessment of Course

·        Unit 1 – Living in a Digital World – this is comprises 40% of the final grade and is examined in a 1hr 30 min written paper at the end of Year 10.

·        Unit 2 – Using Digital Tools – this comprises 60% of the final grade and is undertaken at specific periods throughout the course under controlled conditions.

Progression from this examination:

This qualification can lead to A Level but in addition will support all further studies

Careers Information:

An ICT Qualification proves that you have a particular set of skills which are essential in almost careers.


All lessons are taught by specialist ICT staff in state-of-the-art IT suites, using the latest industry-standard software applications. The Department has an extensive library of audio and video case studies which are used to support teaching and learning.