At least five GCSEs passes including English and maths; good prior knowledge of ICT.
Currently assessment is based purely on course work which is assessed internally and confirmed by a visiting moderator twice in the year. Students work individually and in groups and a key element to the course is that deadlines for completion of work are strictly adhered to. Students and their parents are given clear indications as to what these deadlines are.
The nature of the course is the same as the Extended Diploma but we cover fewer units. We cover a range of topics around computing and ICT. These include topics such as games design and technology, computer networks, ecommerce, and smart technology. Of these units there will be a two or there which will be compulsory, the others will be chosen by the teachers in consultation with the students on the course.
At the end of the course students who perform well (Distinction level) have the option to continue on to the Extended Diploma. Each year a number of students choose this option whilst others choose to enter the world of work through recognised apprenticeship schemes.