The ICT / Computing department at Goole Academy offers a robust and exciting curriculum combining ICT and Computing. In year 7 students study Pseduo code, Control and Scratch to build on the ICT and Computing learning encountered at Primary School, whilst in Year 8 students move onto more advanced topics such as Python programming as they take their first steps to become developers.
As they progress through school, students begin to develop and acquire the skills needed to effectively use a computer system and create computer programs for others to use. At level 2 students move onto GCSE ICT which looks at Using Digital tools such as such Microsoft Office, Adobe Software and elements of graphic design and web site authoring. Students may also follow the ITQ Users qualification which will give the students the competency to demonstrate that they can use Office applications robustly and effectively. This qualification is industry recognized and has the backing of organisations such as JISC, Microsoft and the BBC. Finally students will have the option to study GCSE Computing in which they will learn the internal components of a computer system, their role, networking and designing software. The students will also learn how to use other operating systems such as Linux, undertake Linux administration and be taught how to create bash scripts. Finally the students will develop their programming skills from lower down the school and create several computer programs using a high level language such as Visual Basic which is an industry standard development environment.