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ICT

Information theory began as a bridge from mathematics to electrical engineering and from there to computing. (James Gleick)

ICT/computing aims to develop pupils’ ICT/computing skills to allow them opportunities to be a confident user of ICT/computing.  Within the departments we will develop skills in all aspects of ICT and computing including programming.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 pupils will study a range of topics that include:

  • Cyber security
  • Threats to ICT
  • Using the internet
  • Spreadsheet skills
  • Scratch & flowol
  • Social aspects of ICT
  • Programming
  • Types of hardware & software
  • Graphic design
  • Website development
  • Algorithms & problem solving

Pupils will undertake a range of different scenarios based on the above topics.  At each half term pupils will complete an end of unit test to show their understanding throughout the topic they have studied.

Key Stage 4

All pupils in Year 10 follow the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) course.  ECDL equips students with the skills to use a computer confidently and effectively, building on existing knowledge and motivating further learning.

Tried, tested and trusted, ECDL programmes have been delivered to over 11 million people, in 41 languages across 148 countries. Over 2 million people have taken ECDL in the UK since 1997.  Further information can be found at www.bcs.org .  The course is graded pass, merit, credit, distinction and distinction *.  There are four online exams that are taken which cover the following areas:

  • Word processing software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Integrated unit

Pupils in Year 11 currently study the following three courses.

GCSE ICT

Pupils will learn about current and emerging digital technology and its impact on our lives, working with a range of tools and techniques and exploring interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases. Further information can be found at qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ict-2010.html .  Pupils will complete one piece of coursework which is worth 60% and one written exam worth 40%.  The exam is sat in Year 11 at the end of the course.  The course is graded A* - G

Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

CiDA is a vocational qualification and is aimed at creative learners with a passion for digital applications. Tailor-made to meet the needs of today’s creative industries, it covers creative multimedia, artwork and imaging, game making and developing web products.  Further information can be found at qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/digital-applications-cida-dida/cida-2012.html.  The pupils complete one piece of coursework which is worth 75% and complete one practical exam which is worth 25%.  The exam can be sat twice in Jan or May.  The course is graded pass, merit, credit, distinction and distinction *.

Computing

The computing course gives learners a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.  It provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in computer science and develops critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills.  Pupils complete two pieces of coursework which are worth 60%.  They will also complete an exam at the end of Year 11 which is worth 40%.  The course is graded A* - G

Enrichment

Current enrichment activities include lunch time open session in C06 & C04, after school from 3pm until 4pm in C06 & C04 Monday to Thursday.

Head of Department

Mrs D Spencer