The Computing and IT department at Haywood have developed a curriculum intended to instill in students a love of this subject and allow them the experiences to develop a broad range of digital skills and knowledge in computing and digital technologies.  Computing and IT lessons will prepare our students to make informed choices about technology in both their personal and professional lives, these are skills we consider essential in today’s technologically advancing society.  We also take very seriously the need to education students, across Haywood Academy and City College, about staying safe in their online lives, away from the classroom.

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Key Stage 4

BTEC L1/2 in Digital IT

The BTEC suite of qualifications are always a popular choice with our students.  For students that would like to learn how to use IT for use in  a broad range of situations.  This qualification is assessed through a combination of both internally assessed coursework completed on the computer and an externally marked exam.

Supporting resources for BTEC DIT students:





GCSE Computer Science (OCR)

Students that opt for the GCSE Computer Science will focus on the theory around how computers work and developing their computational thinking skills.  This qualification encourages students to develop their understanding and application of the core concepts in computer science. Students also analyse problems in computational terms and devise creative solutions by designing, writing, testing and evaluating programs.

Students must have a sound mathematical ability and logical reasoning skills.  This course is assessed through 100% externally marked examinations comprised of two separate written papers.  These are Component 01:  Computer Systems and Component 02:  Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

Supporting resources for GCSE Computer Science students:


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