Computer Science & ICT

Welcome to the Computer Science & IT Department

Department Staff

  • Mr P Thynne
  • Mr K Lean
  • Mrs D Porter
  • Mr S Hawes
  • Mr B Skipp
  • Mrs A Piper

Our aim is to equip Poole High School’s students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in our increasingly digital society. Our curriculum focuses on three core principles; digital literacy, digital skills and computer science.

We aim to provide students with the fundamental principles of computer science, including how to program, how technology works and how it affects the world in which we live. We also provide opportunities for students to learn how to use computers as well as program them, so that all learners can acquire the skills they need for living and working in the modern, digital age.

Key Stage 3

At Poole High School we follow the computing curriculum, providing learners with opportunities to develop programming skills, computational thinking and understanding of how computers work. We use a range of programming environments to deliver the fundamentals of programming, including Scratch, BBC micro:bit and Microsoft Small Basic. Students at Poole High School will also focus on critical e-safety aspects, including cybercrime and preventative measures.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science (AQA)

Why study GCSE Computer Science?

Studying the GCSE Computer Science course at Poole High School will get you working with real-world, practical programming techniques that will give you a good understanding of what makes technology work.

Computer Science is a subject based on mathematical and scientific principles that explores the use of technology to solve problems and improve the world we live in. Programming forms a very significant part of Computer Science. Other aspects include understanding algorithms and applying solutions using computer programming.

Topics include:

Programming using Visual Basic,
Binary and Hexadecimal number systems,
Understanding how CPU and Memory devices function,
Creating and using an SQL database,
Computer Science use in society & the social aspects of computing.


Why study GCSE ICT?

As more and more jobs require computer literacy skills, being a competent and confident software user is becoming ever more important. Studying the GCSE ICT course at Poole High School will involve you using software to solve information related problems such as creating high-quality marketing materials and analyzing financial data.

The effective ICT user is one who is confident in using technology. Being able to independently find out how to use software and understanding the benefits of the different existing technologies will help you to stand out in a world where technology is constantly evolving.

Topics include:

Current and emerging technologies,
Tools for presenting information (desktop publishing, word processing, web design and presentation software),
Spreadsheets and modeling,
Creating computer graphics and image manipulation,
Information storage tools (databases),
Operating systems software and interfaces,
Legal and ethical issues surrounding the use of ICT,
The environmental, social and economic impact of ICT.

Key Stage 5

At Key stage 5 we offer both A-level Computing (AQA) and A-Level ICT (AQA).

Computing is an exciting course for any students interested in maths, science and how technology works. The course revolves around three key areas: how technology works, computational thinking and software programming. The course has three exams and one coursework project over two years.

ICT is suited to students who have a keen interest in using the latest technology and how it can be used to help businesses achieve their company objectives. Students will learn how to solve business problems using spreadsheet and database software, along with the essential theory needed by the modern IT professional. The course has three exams (one with a small practical project) and one coursework project over two years.