Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Haileybury is taught to all pupils in the Lower School and Removes, as an IGCSE Option in Middles and Fifths, and as an A level Computing course for Sixth Formers. The Department occupies two purpose-built ICT suites in Quad, as well as a further two ICT classrooms in the Science and Technology Departments.
Key stage 3 pupils all receive one ICT lesson per week; Lower School 1 and 2 complete the British computing Society (BCS) European Computer driving licence (ECLD) Essentials course. Pupils also learn about aspects of e-safety and try their hand at Scratch programming and simple robotics. Year 9 pupils take two further ECDL modules in Word and Excel, and start looking at basic programming, cryptography and Scratch programming.
IGCSE ICT is offered as an Option in Year 10. The Cambridge IGCSE in ICT allows pupils to develop a thorough understanding of the development of many ICT applications we take for granted as well as gain an insight into, and an appreciation of the business and social impacts of ICT. The course is delivered with a mixture of theory and practical lessons, in which pupils have to demonstrate their ability to author websites, manipulate data and integrate data from a variety of sources into a coherent document. This mirrors the assessment criteria for the IGCSE where there are two practical papers carrying 60% of the overall grade and a theory paper carrying 40% of the overall grade.
OCR A level Computing is offered to Year 12 and 13. The course is invaluable for those hoping to pursue a career in technology but it allows all students to develop their problem solving skills, their resilience, logic and creativity. The AS course is split into two parts; Computer fundamentals and programming techniques. The A level is also split in two parts; Advanced Computing Theory and a coursework project. We have the facilities to program in most of the main stream languages but the language vehicle we use to deliver the course is Java.
The ICT department offers a number of enrichment opportunities. In addition to our weekly code club, the school enters National coding competitions and Cyber Security challenges, where we have managed to be repeat finalists. We also use Raspberry Pi’s and Lego EV3 robots, which enable pupils to engage in practical programming tasks.
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