Head of Department: Ms J Wilkinson
What is Computing/ICT?
Computing gives students an understanding of how computers work and how the parts of a computer interact. ICT allows students to develop an appreciation of the range and power of computer applications and solve problems using computing. By considering a broad range of computer applications, students develop an understanding of the power and versatility of the computer and the benefits of its use, but also its limitations and potential disadvantages. The skills learnt can also be used in other areas of study and in everyday life.
The Aims of Computing/ICT
The aims of Computing/ICT are to:
- Provide students with the opportunity to foster an interest in, enjoyment of, and confidence in the use of computers.
- Provide students with the ability to use common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets,
databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design.
- Develop a greater awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies
on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.
- Prepare students for further education and/or future employment.
Why choose Computing/ICT?
Computing/ICT courses will appeal to students who:
- enjoy study that is relevant to their own lives and experience
- want the opportunity to carry out practical work and be creative
- enjoy solving problems
- want to develop ICT skills which can be used at home, in industry and commerce.
The Computing Department has excellent ICT facilities with three airconditioned classrooms of PC computers. Class sizes allow for
one computer per student. The software available is up to date. There are also excellent facilities available throughout the school in the library and numerous departments.
The Computing Department makes use of Moodle. This is Westlake’s learning platform which we call iLearn. Students can access the following in relation to the Computing/ICT course they are taking: resources, documents for download, useful links, and their homework.
Who does Computing/ICT?
Year 9 ICT
Students study the use of computers as part of the Technology cycle.
The course focuses on developing students’ skills in the areas of presenting documents, desktop publishing, creating PowerPoint presentations and the use of spreadsheets for modelling and creating graphs.
These are skills which will be useful throughout their time at WBHS and beyond.
Year 10 ICT
This is optional for students.
The course involves:
- creating and delivering a presentation and
- creating simple webpages using a template.
- programming using Scratch – designing and creating a game
This course is a good foundation for our courses in the Senior School.
Years 11, 12 and 13
This is optional for students. Two pathways are offered:
Students complete a variety of Unit Standards and Achievement Standards.
ICT – IGCSE is offered in Year 11 and is a good foundation for AS and A2 Applied ICT.
Applied ICT – AS is offered in Year 12 with A2 being offered in Year 13. This course is a mixture of theory and practical with the emphasis on applying knowledge gained to the real world.