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Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Computing and ICT

The Computing and ICT department aims to give students the essential skills they need in Computing and ICT to prepare them for successful independent living within, and beyond, NCW.
The department has over 40 years experience of working with access technology both personally and supporting young people to develop their skills.

The department prepares students for national exams using teaching methods adapted to give vision impaired students full access to all areas of the Computer Science curriculum. This enables them to study qualifications successfully up to level 3, and prepares them to go on to study at university.

In addition to this, the department provides a personalised programme of IT support to ensure all students are able to access the wider college curriculum using appropriate IT equipment. This includes working on a one-to-one basis with students on a wide range of hardware and software including Windows OS, Apple iOS, iPadOS and Android, MS Office, Google’s G-suite, Braille displays, Braille computers and more.

The department has also worked with industry leaders and start ups developing specialist equipment for learners with a visual impairment. This has provided students with exciting opportunities to work on some ground breaking projects.

Head of Department:

Jonathon Fogg, Head of ICT
Mr Jonathon Fogg

Examples of adaptations for vision impaired students

  • Support and training in wide range of accessibility software including: Jaws, SuperNova, NVDA, VoiceOver, ChromeVox, Window Eyes.
  • Support and training in a wide range of hardware devices including: iOS, Windows OS, Apple OS, BrailleNotes, refreshable braille displays.
  • Materials provided in appropriate formats including: Electronic, Braille, print, tactile diagrams.
Student using iPhone

Courses

A Level:

  • OCR – Computer Science

GCSE:

  • OCR – Computer Science

Entry Level:

  • Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
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