There is very little in our world that does not use an aspect of Computer Science. Students will increasingly need skills that include the ability to design and implement computing solutions which they can apply to the real-world. The impact of technology on society is enormous and the need for individuals who can master and manipulate new technologies is growing all the time. A-level Computing encourages students to develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically, gaining an understanding of the organisation of computer systems and developing skills and knowledge of programming and coding. Students will also gain an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of their potential impact on society.
Sixth Form students have access to a dedicated Sixth Form Study Centre with PCs. In addition, there is a bank of laptop computers with site-wide wifi. Departments have their own computers running specialist software. Interactive TVs and projectors can be found in laboratories and classrooms throughout the school. We update our computer systems regularly so that our students have high quality technology at their fingertips.
The school’s Virtual Learning Environment, which students have access to inside and outside school, provides access to a wide range of materials and information to support learning across the whole curriculum. A wide range of software is available. The department also has a video editing and animation suite along with a 3D printer and a range of digital video cameras, digital cameras and iPads. These are used within Computing lessons and as part of the extra-curricular programme.