The ICT department at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community both teaches IT courses directly, and works closely with other departments to support their work. We can tailor courses to suit specific needs of the individual or group. The department consists of two five IT suites, further suites in the Learning Resource Centre spanned across two campuses, plus workstations around the school. Microsoft based servers and Office software are used by the school, although many choose to use Apple products alternatively.

The IT rooms and teachers are available for most of the school day so that pupils can work independently if they wish to.

Why study Information & Communication Technology?

The aims of the courses in ICT are to encourage candidates to:

  • develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts, as a basis for progression into further learning in ICT-related fields.
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and
    applications of information systems within a range of organisations;
  • develop a broader understanding of the main principles of solving problems through the medium of ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding.
  • apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT and use skills (e.g. planning, research, evaluation, problem solving) in vocational contexts;
  • develop an understanding of the impact of information systems on organisations’ personnel, policies and practices;
  • develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with others.

GCSE Computing

GCSE Computing

The course will give students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, the course will give them an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the field of Computer Science. The increasing importance of information technologies means there will be a growing demand for professionals who are qualified in this area. Students who’ve taken a GCSE in Computing and who then progress to study the subject at A Level or university will have an advantage over their colleagues who are picking up the subject at these levels.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. For many students, it’ll be a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course will make an excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems. These areas include engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine


A451: Computer systems and programming.
1 hour 30 minutes exam paper (40%) 80 marks

Unit A452: Practical investigation
Controlled assessment
Investigation task
OCR scenario (30%) 45 marks

Unit A453: Programming project
Programming task
OCR scenario (30%) 45 marks


ICT Department

Mr J Mineur
Subject Leader ICT

Miss L Button
ICT Teacher

Mr J Hillier
ICT Teacher

Mr P Bulpin
ICT Teacher

Mr D Brill
ICT Teacher