Category Archives: Not in the exam


I’m afraid there appears to be a problem with Akismet getting updates on Glow just now. As a result I have 600+ comments and no way of sorting out the rubbish from the requests. Can you drop me an email to my Glow account if you want a question answered.

MS Office Pro Plus

So you are our trial section for this, as such you might lose access to the software at any time. Do not install this software on a machine that you already have MS Office on, there may be conflicts.

As part of our licence agreement with Microsoft, pupils can use MS Office 2013 Pro Plus for free on their own machines. To get access to this please follow the instructions below.

  1. Open Internet Explorer (Other browsers may work but I have only tested it on IE)
  2. Make sure you are not logged into any MS services, such as Glow or Hotmail.
  3. Go to
  4. Enter your school username followed by for the username i.e.
  5. Enter your school network password.
  6. Download and install the software.

Let me know how you get on.

Computing and Universities.

From CompEdNet

The  24 Russell Group universities, which include University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow, have released their “Informed Choices” guidance for Post-16 Education and Computing (and in the future Computing Science) has a new position in the guide as being recognised as essential or useful for a wide variety of courses. This is a significant development for Computing Science and the position of the subject in the curriculum moving forward.  It also is recognition of the work carried out by the HE, FE and Schools sectors in developing the new Curriculum for Excellence courses to more closely relate to the needs of further study of Computing Science in HE.

You can download the document at

This version now includes Higher or Advanced Higher Computing (and, in future, Computing Science) as “Essential” for:

  • Some Computing/Computer Science degrees
  • Teacher Education degrees

and as “Useful” for :

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • All Computing/Computer Science degrees
  • Economics
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering (General)
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Optometry (Opthalmic Optics)
  • Orthoptics
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Sociology

at all 24 Russell Group universities.

Class Pictures

After Emma’s tremendous suggestion of posting all the class pictures, I thought I would.

This collage contains all the pictures that were taken in class today. If you squint hard you might be able to recognise yourself 🙂

BSc (Hons.) Software Development for Business

Dear Educator,
I am writing to regarding the launch of the BSc (Hons.) Software Development for Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.  The programme was launched in September 2014 and has only recently been made available on UCAS to allow interested students to apply for entry in 2014. For further information visit the UCAS web site.
The BSc (Hons.) Software Development for Business programme complements our already popular BSc (Hons.) Information Technology for Business programme. Both programmes have been developed in co-operation with leading UK employers and e-skills, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology and we are pleased to announce that Glasgow Caledonian University is the first university in Scotland to offer both e-skills endorsed programmes. To find out more about e-skills visit their web page.
Our programmes are also accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).  The BSc (Hons.) Software Development for Business programme equips students with the knowledge and skills for a career as a Computing Professional. Typical career paths of successful graduates include software developer, software engineer, programmer, mobile application developer, cloud analyst, web developer and database administrator.  In addition students will benefit from employer engagement in the form of networking events, employer supported projects, placements, CV clinics and “guru lectures” from senior executives and inspirational role models from some of the UK’s most prestigious companies and successful start-ups.
Further information on the programme can be found on the University web site and on UCAS; just enter Software Development for Business into the search field or go directly to theprogramme page .
We have a strong reputation in the area of computing with Glasgow Caledonian University being rated the best modern university in Scotland for Computer Science in the 2014 Guardian University League Tables and 2nd in Scotland (11th in the UK) for employability according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
I would be grateful if you would pass this information on to any of your students interested in studying computing and considering GCU.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions , or directly to the programme leader:
Yours faithfully,
Katrin Hartmann, Programme Leader BSc (Hons.) SDfB