In the summer of 2011 the Computing Studies Department and Business Studies department joined with the Design & Technology Department to form the faculty of Business, Design & Technology.
Computing Studies in Oban High School is taught in two computer suites.
Each computer suite has 20 computers with necessary attendant peripherals. The various courses are taught using industry standard software such as Microsoft Office. The rooms are bright and comfortable and provide a nice environment (the air conditioning is especially valued in the summer months!).
The computing staff complement consists of:
· D Cullen - Classroom teacher
R Tierney - Classroom teacher
S1 pupils have two periods a week of ICT, which is an integrated Computing Science, Business and ICT course. The course is based on the new Curriculum for Excellence model.
S2 and S3
Pupils can elect to do Computing Science, two perioods per week. The course is based on the new Curriculum for Excellence model. They will also have one period per week of core ICT which will follow the same integrated style of course as S1 but will be on a 12 week rotation with other subjects.
Pupils will either be undertaking Standard Grade Computing at Credit, General and Foundation level; INT1 or Access 3 for some. This part of the school curriculum allows students to build on skills they gained in the S1 and S2 courses.
Depending on pupils results and experience, in S5- S6 pupils can undertake Higher, Intermediate 2 or Intermediate 1 Computing.
Follow on Courses & Careers
There are many courses in computing follow on from school. Every college and university has a Computing Studies Department. The courses can lead to a computing degree or as a component of other science or engineering degrees. With computers being everywhere in this era, knowledge of computing can be seen as an essential skill that pupils should access at school when they have a golden opportunity.
Successful completion of the Higher course can lead to a number of opportunities, from further education (Advanced Higher, HNC, HND, and Degree) to employment (Computing, IT, Science, Banking, Offices, Retail, Insurance Companies, Graphic Design, Engineering, Electronics, etc.).