Computer Science is changing our lives. Profound as the change has been in recent years, it is just the beginning. The paperless office may have turned out to be a myth, but the driverless vehicle is already a reality and if the pace continues at the same rate, what will the world be like when our current pupils approach retirement? Will it just be faster, slicker and more sophisticated, or will it be simply unrecognisable?
The Computer Science Department aims to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills they need for the world as it is today, whilst preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow. We focus not only on the detail of today's technology, but also on understanding the principles on which the technology is founded so that when they leave Wrekin College they will be ahead of the game and can stay that way.
Computing is a compulsory subject for all pupils in First, Second and Third Forms. The focus is on the practical skills needed to use computer technology effectively in everyday life, but it is not limited to traditional ‘office' applications. The curriculum includes exciting topics such as web page authoring and an introduction to programming.
Pupils who want to extend their knowledge and understanding still further can elect to study the subject as a GCSE option where they explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. At BTEC the course is designed to move beyond basic ICT skills and encourages pupils to become discerning users of ICT.
Click here to read an article where Headmaster, Dr Griffiths' recalls the beginning of Computing at Wrekin College
Full details of the curriculum are available in the GCSE and Sixth Form Curriculum guides.