Computing begins at Queen Elizabeth's School with pupils completing an induction programme where they learn about how best to use the School's facilities, including home access and email. This includes the responsible use of the Internet. These lessons involve both independent learning and group presentations.
From Years 7 to 11, pupils establish themselves as confident users of ICT by developing their skills in presentation, communication, data-modelling and programming across the curriculum in a variety of subjects.
In the Sixth Form, the Computer Science A Level provides an entirely new challenge. In Year 12, the course introduces the technical world of computers, covering topics including pure binary arithmetic, programming and the topologies and hardware of networks. Year 13 brings more sophistication into students' knowledge and understanding. After interviewing, observing and examining paper work for a real problem, they devise a programmed solution, which is tested and documented.
Additional help and support in ICT is widely available at QE. All pupils at Key Stage 3 have access to the ICT suites at lunch times, and there is a clinic for boys experiencing particular difficulties. Boys in Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) have access to Computer Room 3 at lunchtimes, where they can work independently or seek assistance. Animation and Programming Clubs run at lunchtimes.
All boys on the computer science course can participate in the British Computer Science Olympiad. All boys at Key Stage 3 can participate in the National Schools Animation Competition.