Years 7, 8 and 9
In Years 7, 8 and 9, girls have an hour long Information and Communication Technology lesson each week. In each year group students are taught in two groups on a mixed ability basis. The schemes of work follow national guidelines and are structured so that each term is taught as a distinct unit to ensure that each topic is covered thoroughly. Girls learn about Office applications, Web Design and Networks, Online Safety, Images and Graphics, Photo-manipulation, Animation, Video Editing, Control Technology, Robotics and Computer Programming. In Years 7 and 8, ICT focuses on the creative possibilities of the subject and girls are encouraged to have fun whilst exploring what technology can do. In Year 9 the subject becomes more academically rigorous to prepare students for taking GCSE Computing.
Years 10 and 11: IGCSE
Computer Science lessons consist of three one hour lessons per week. In Years 10 and 11 Computer Science is an optional subject and students cover the necessary syllabus for entry to GCSE examinations via the OCR examination board. New and broader theory topics are introduced. Practically, students build upon knowledge gained in Years 7, 8 and 9. Students complete three forms of examination weighted 40% each for two written papers and 20% for a Programming Project.
Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate
Students entering the IB Diploma course can study Computer Science at Standard Level. This is a Group 4 subject and is therefore classed as a Science. The Standard Level course has three one hour lessons per week. Computational thinking lies at the heart of the course and is integrated with other topics. This will be supported by practical activities, including programming. Other topic areas include Hardware, Networking, Binary Logic and Programming. Students also have to complete a personal project which involves creating a computational solution for a real end-user. This will cover 30% of the final marks with two written papers weighted at 45% and 25%.