At GCSE level the school offers Cambridge Assessment iGCSE ICT.

If you cannot use technology nowadays then you will be left behind. Everywhere you look there is technology, whether it be you mobile phone, kitchen appliances, computers, etc. The list is endless.

CIE iGCSE ICT is a proven course within the school. This international examination is now becoming the most popular GCSE in the UK, far outstripping our own domestic examinations and Baines School was at the fore front of its conception in UK state schools. Even before the Government announced that it could be used in UK school, the school was pushing for it. We were one of the first state schools to offer it in the UK.

The course is not about the use of ICT but understanding how ICT can change our lives and the effects it has on everyday activities both in commerce, communication, industry etc. It is a taught course so students learn what they need to learnt rather than use their own knowledge of ICT.

What ever course students are thinking about at sixth form and beyond, ICT will help you further in the courses you choose. Many courses are ICT based, many use ICT in part of the work. All need ICT at some point. The difference between iGCSE and UK GCSE examinations is that iGCSE is taught in nearly every country in the world. The same syllabus is world-wide therefore if you go to a university in Egypt they will know the iGCSE examination and will accept the grades. In 2012, the first year of the iGCSE in UK only 200 candidates took the examination in the UK, 60,000 took it world-wide. Therefore the course is well recognised and valued the world over.

So whatever career path you are thinking of choosing, explore ICT to help you get the future you want, wherever you want.

The course looks at the latest technology including 3D printers, smart phone technology, and internet technologies. It will help you solve problems using a number of ICT tools and techniques. Learn how social communication can help and hinder your lives, the impact that ICT can have on society, the social technological divide as well as monitoring and control.

The course is offered to all year 10 students as an option subject and runs through both year 10 and year 11. There is no coursework associated with the course all elements are examined in year 11. These consist of a theory examination and two practical examinations which cover word processing, databases, spreadsheets, website production, communication and presentations.