ICT

Staff: 

Mr. P. Makotore Head of Department  
Mr. L. Swikepi - Teacher
Mrs E. Sabeta - Teacher
Mr. A. Janjawa - Teacher
Mr G. Kwari – Schools ICT Administrator

Overview: 

Computer Science:
Computing gives students an understanding of how computers work and how the parts of a computer interact. ICT allows students to develop an appreciation of the range and power of computer applications and solve problems using computing. By considering a broad range of computer applications, students develop an understanding of the power and versatility of the computer and the benefits of its use, but also its limitations and potential disadvantages. The skills learnt can also be used in nearly all other areas of study and in everyday life.
The aims of Computer Science/ICT are to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to foster an interest in, enjoyment of, and confidence in the use of computers.
  • Provide students with the ability to use common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software,

e-mail, web browsers and website design.

  • Develop a greater awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.
  • Prepare students for further education and/or future employment.

  Computer Science/ICT courses will appeal to students who:

  • enjoy study that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • want the opportunity to carry out practical work and being creative
  • enjoy solving problems
  • want to develop ICT skills which can be used at home, in industry and commerce.

Junior school (Form 1 and 2)
CheckPoint - Students study the use of computers as part of the ICT cycle.
The course focuses on developing students’ skills in the areas of presenting documents, desktop publishing, creating PowerPoint presentations, database and the use of spreadsheets.
These are skills which will be useful throughout their time at Hillcrest College and beyond. The skills so acquired also give our junior students access to foundation ICDL qualifications.

Middle School (Form 3 -4)
At this level there are Two options available:

Option One: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cambridge IGCSE (0417) Course;

This option focuses on how available hardware and software/application packages (such as Microsoft Office) can be used to solve various problems, capture and manipulate different types of data and to produce quality documents.

Option Two: Computer Science (0478) focuses on how hardware and software components work, and a study of the design of hardware and software to solve specific computer-based problems.

 The first option prepares students to use computers efficiently in everyday life to process data or to pursue Applied ICT at Advanced level and beyond.

The second option prepares students to become Computer Scientists / Software developers or Engineers. Computer Science provides broader options to pursue after IGCSE or AS/A–level.

Senior School (L6 – U6) IT and Computer Science
Students can choose either of the two options:

IT (Cambridge AS/A Level course)
This course is a mixture of theory and practical with emphasis on applying knowledge and skills gained in the use of common application packages to solve some real world problems.

Computer Science
This course is a mixture of theory and practical with emphasis on creating small programs to solve some real life problems.

Facilities
The computing department has excellent ICT facilities with two well resourced computer laboratories. Class sizes allow for one computer per student. We strive to keep our choice, and procurement of software and hardware in tandem with latest technological developments at all times. The ICT department is also at the service of all other departments in the school, the Admin, the library as well as individual teachers.