At Key Stage 4 students take one of two pathways for the GCSE course. The first is OCR Computer Science where students have the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. The course comprises of one Controlled Assessment unit worth 20% which is completed in year 11 and two written theory exams each worth 40% of the total grade which are completed in years 9 and 10. This course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in Computer Science as well as developing critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.
The second pathway follows the ECDL course, (run under the auspices of the BCS, The Chartered Institute of IT) which is designed to allow users to develop their skills and to enhance their career prospects with a recognised, benchmark IT qualification. Students enjoy an enriched educational experience using ICT to achieve meaningful goals; students become digitally literate. Not only do they improve their word-processing skills, but they also showcase projects by giving presentations and learn how to use spread sheets to enhance their understanding of subjects across the full curriculum. Through the ECDL students are encouraged to engage in life-long ICT learning.