The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) an essential skill for life.
ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery of technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.
The College has a generous and up to date network of PCs across the site. There are two computer centres, which can each accommodate a full teaching class, and several 'satellite' clusters available to the pupils. Each classroom has its own computer, with several having interactive whiteboard and projection facilities. Pupils are taught how to plan research activities and how to carry out effective searches using the Internet. They are given the opportunity to develop and apply these skills across the whole curriculum, as well as using subject specific software and applications.
In Years 7-9, all pupils follow a discrete ICT course for one period a week. They are taught skills in using office applications, namely word-processing, image manipulation, slideshow presentations, desktop publishing, databases and spreadsheets.
At GCSE, pupils can opt to study ICT as a GCSE subject. The course is coursework based and focuses on the application of Microsoft office applications to solve real-world problems.
At A level, all pupils follow an in-house ICT course that supports their AS and A2 studies and their transition into further education and the workplace.
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