Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)



In years 10-11 we offer the ECDL Extra qualification as proof of students' digital literacy.

ECDL (BCS) (European Computer Driving Licence) is the benchmark for digital literacy in educational systems around the globe.

ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning

Students will cover the following four units.


ECDL in IT Applications  units

Word processing

Develops the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents: entering text, editing and formatting work, using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish, and effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge.

Spreadsheet software

Helps the learner develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets, from entering data and formatting worksheets, to creating charts and producing high-quality documents.

Presentation software

Shows the learner how to produce high-quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects.

Improving productivity 
using IT

Enables the learner to work more effectively with IT. This unit looks at using tools to save time and effort when producing word processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Cambridge Technicals (OCR) ICT Level 3 Introductory Diploma

The Cambridge Technicals in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare our students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Our students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

This qualification aims to develop our students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Our students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Our students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

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