Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

ECDL and the Vocational Offer

ECDL and the Vocational Offer

We firmly believe that all students can benefit from studying vocational subjects; they develop their independent research skills, and their softer, but none the less vital skills of leadership and teamwork. Further to this it is vital that all students have the skills necessary to use IT effectively for further study and in the world of work.

In order develop the IT skills students will need we have developed our KS3 computing curriculum underpinned by the use of spreadsheets to effectively analyse data, using word-processing and presentation skills. To accredit students and to further build upon these skills all students complete a course in Year 9 culminating in formal assessments of their IT skills using the ECDL qualification.  ECDL is the world’s number one IT user qualification – and the benchmark for Digital Literacy in educational systems around the globe.


The computing curriculum requires that every child leaves school digitally literate. ECDL has become an important building block, equipping students with the IT skills they need to thrive in the digital world, whether they’re pursuing further education or employment. ECDL is widely recognised by employers as proof of competence in IT, making it a valuable credential on a young person’s CV. The ECDL qualification is designed specifically to meet the criteria set out by the Department for Education.


The NCFE course in Business and Enterprise gives students the opportunity to study businesses in context as well as developing their entrepreneurial skills needed to set up and run their own business. The course is taught in year 9 and builds upon the skills of enterprise that students received a taster of in the whole school enterprise days.

The NCFE course is widely recognised by employers and colleges. Students will develop skills:

  • in marketing techniques
  • in funding and finance
  • in evaluating their own work
  • in literacy, numeracy and ICT
  • that are essential for the modern workplace, such as team working; presentation skills; independent working; working to deadlines; efficient use of resources.