Salesian School

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Computing & ICT

Head of Department: Mr Terry Barker

Our students are currently studying the 'Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma' qualification (similar to a BTEC) in Information Technology. More information on this can be found in the OCR syllabus.

From September 2015 we will also be introducing an additional new A Level in Computer Science. More information on this can be found in the OCR syllabus.

Computer Science A Level

Computer Science is a practical subject where students can apply the academic principles learned in the classroom to real-world systems. It's an intensely creative subject that combines invention and excitement, that can look at the natural world through a digital prism. Computer Science puts a value on computational thinking, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence.

These are the concepts that lie at the heart of Computer Science. They will be the best preparation for students who want to go on to study Computer Science at a higher level and will also provide a good grounding for other subject areas that require computational thinking and analytical skills.

We follow the OCR syllabus where you can find further information about this course.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

IT Diploma (Cambridge Technicals)

The Cambridge Technicals in Information Technology course is industry-relevant and geared to key sector requirements. It gives students a more in-depth understanding of ICT in the modern workplace, giving insights into ICT's role in specialist careers.

This is a new course and is ideal for those who have completed Key Stage 4 ICT and want to continue learning in a more practical, work-related way. This would suite students who are creative and are good at design. There are a wide range of units that cover website production, web animation, interactive media authoring and digital graphics. Mandatory units include communication and employability skills as well as information systems; it's an ideal foundation for students entering the workplace or going on to further study.

We follow the OCR Cambridge Technicals specification. Tuition is classroom based, but dominated by hands-on application and investigation through project work. Assessment is entirely through a series of coursework tasks. The 'Cambridge Technicals' qualification is similar to a Level 3 BTEC and equivalent to one A Level at Pass (E), Merit (C) or Distinction (A)/ Dist* (A*) grade.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

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