Curriculum

ICT

ICT and Computing

Mr C Edwards

Head of Learning

Mr C Edwards
Mrs S Spring
Ms N Jones
Mr Rodger

Department Vision

The ICT department is at the forefront of many whole school initiatives including working and liaising with other departments in delivering VLE training, developing department website and ICT across the curriculum. We are committed to raising attainment, which has helped to build a culture of achievement within the department. ICT students want to learn and are not content unless they are achieving their full potential. Teachers in the department understand the importance of celebrating their students' successes and place particular emphasis on this. There is a departmental drive on making students become independent learners, which is done through students enjoying and having high levels of motivation for the subject.

  1. We aim to be at the forefront of developments in innovative teaching and to develop a strong enterprise ethos.
  2. We will enable our students to become lifelong, enterprising, independent learners, able to take risks and assume responsibility confidently.
  3. To ensure students develop a commercial awareness and knowledge, and understanding to pursue a career in ICT.

Lower School

At Key Stage 3, ICT and Computing is taught as part of the Technology department to year 7 and 8 with pupils receiving two lessons per fortnight. The curriculum delivery plan prepares the pupils for taking the ICT or Computing qualification in year 9 and 10. The programme covers areas such as word-processing skills, presentation skills and desktop publishing skills, incorporating the computing curriculum including programming, and will enable pupils to think like a computer scientist.

Upper School

In key Stage 4, the students study the following:

  • Year 9: During year 9, pupils will cover a range of topics, building on skills acquired in years 7 and 8. This includes; graphcis maniputlation in Adobe Fireworks and Photoshop, Web Design and Microsoft Office essential skills using programs such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access. This is year has been designed to prepared pupils for BTEC in Key Stage 4 and then Level 3 IT.
  • Year 10 BTEC Digital Information Technology Level 1/2: Year 10’s will begin the BTEC Digital Information Technology Level 1/2.
  • How does the course work? The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and one that’s externally assessed. The three-block structure, explore, develop and apply, has been developed to allow students to build on and embed their knowledge. This allows them to grow in confidence and then put into practice what they have learned. The assessment structure is also designed so that students can build on what they learn, and develop their skills, as they move through the course. This consists of 3 components:
    • Component 1 - Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques (30%)
    • Component 2 - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data (30%)
    • Component 3 - Effective Digital Working Practices (40%)

  • For more information about The BTEC DIT L1/2 qualification, click the link below
    https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/digital-information-technology.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

  • CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications): Year 11 Level 2 pupils will continue the CiDA qualification that was started in year 10. This includes one internally assessed and then an externally moderated Graphics project and an externally assessed classroom based exam. This includes web design, graphic and multimedia applications such as animation.
    Units covered:
  • Unit 1 – Developing Web Products – Controlled classroom exam (Unit code: DA101)
  • Unit 3 – Artwork and Imaging Internally assessed coursework (DA103/DA203)

For more information about The CiDA qualification, click the link below
https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/digital-applications-cida-dida/cida-2012.html

Sixth Form

There are two pathways in the sixth form that are on offer.

Year 12 - BTEC

The first is the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Information Technology (new for 2016). The entry requirements to access this courses is 5 GCSEs A*-C and is delivered over a 2 year period, with the final exam at the end of the 2nd year and is equivalent to 1 A Level. There are 3 mandatory units, 1 internal and 2 external. Learners must complete and achieve at pass grade or above for all these units including 1 optional unit to pass the course.

The pupils will cover the following units over the 2-year period:

Year 1:

Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information

Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business

Year 2:

Unit 1 Information Technology Systems

Unit 6 Website Development

For more information about the BTEC L3 qualification, click the link below

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/information-technology-2016.html

Year 12 and 13 - ITGS

The second pathway in the sixth form is the Information technology in a global society (ITGS). The ITGS framework is modelled on a ‘triangle’. It uses an integrated approach, encouraging students to make informed judgements and decisions about the role of information and communication technologies in contemporary society with a coursework project that is focused upon a real project and then a final exam at the end of the 2 year course.

All pupils must approach the course following 3 strands. These include:

  • Strand 1: Social and ethical significance
  • strand 2: Application to specified scenarios
  • Strand 3: IT Systems.

For more information about the ITGS IB qualification, click the link below

http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/individuals-and-societies/information-technology-in-a-global-society/

Homework

Students' are set work on a weekly basis that reflect the coursework they are working on at the time. Students are guided as to what they are to study and strongly encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers. As a department we advocate the ethos of "lifelong learning"

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