Curriculum

ICT

ICT and Computing

Mr. C Edwards

Head of Learning

Mr. C Edwards
Mrs. S Spring
Mr. R Clarke
Mr. M Murtadha

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 2 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:

  • ICT pathway: Year 9 and 11 students study for the ITQ L1 (year 9) and 2 (year 11) qualification and covers a variety of units that will prepare them for their A-levels in 6th form or work including; web-design, spreadsheets and desktop publishing.
  • CiDA (Certificate in Digital Applications): Year 9 and 10 pupils Level 2 pupils will complete the CiDA qualification over 2 years with 2 externally assessed projects. This includes web design, graphic and multimedia applications such as animation.

For more information about The ITQ qualification
https://theingots.org/

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

Sixth Form

There are 2 pathways in the sixth form that are on offer. The first pathway is one of the 2 BTEC courses.

Year 12 and 13 - 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 1 Information Technology Systems

Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information

Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business

Year 2:

Unit 1 Information Technology Systems (continued from last year)

Unit 6 Website Development

For more information about the BTEC L3 qualification
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
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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