Our aim is to give students the skills they need to confidently embrace new technologies both within school and in the wider community.
All students have one lesson a week of ICT in years 7 through to 11. In this time, they learn a number of different software applications, giving them an opportunity to build up a range of skills within the subject.
In Year 9, students embark on the Cambridge Nationals qualification in ICT. They study a minimum of four units, which leads to a one GCSE qualification in ICT. Students who show potential in the subject have the opportunity to take extra units to gain an additional qualification. The qualification is completed in Year 11.
In both Year 7 and Year 8, the curriculum is delivered through a topic-based approach. Each topic focuses on a software application. At the end of each unit, knowledge is assessed through a short test and skills are assessed through a project. Students are expected to plan, implement and evaluate their project. They have the opportunity to gain feedback on the work they have done.
In some cases, our pupils use applications they have already used at their primary school, where this is the case they are encouraged to learn more complex aspects of the software and develop their skills. At the end of the project, students will be awarded a level to indicate their progress in addition to a grade to indicate the effort they have put into the work.
- How I use ICT – Powerpoint
- Introduction to control – Scratch
- Internet Safety – Powerpoint
- Photo Hoax – Fireworks/Desktop Publishing
- Introduction to Spreadsheets
- Creating Junk Mail – Desktop Publishing
- Creating a quiz – Powerpoint/Flash
- Animation – Flash
- Developing Spreadsheets
- Developing Databases
Key Stage 4
We offer ICTas an option for students in Key Stage 4, as part of the Route 1 Foundation Learning, and the Route 2 and Route 3 English Baccalaureate.
This course is a continuation of work students began in Y9.
All students will take four units. One of the units will have been completed in Y9 and the other units are spread across years 10 and 11.
Activities and learning experiences
Each piece of coursework is set by the exam board and requires students to build skills based on a range of different software applications. Coursework includes:
- Using computer systems
- Using ICT to create business solutions
- Multimedia products
- Handling data using Spreadsheets
Students will have the opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of how ICT can be used to meet business needs
- Work with information and data to meet specific business needs
- Gain an understanding of the legal, ethical, safety and security issues that affect how computers should be used
- See how ICT can be used to support business working practices
- Create/design and populate spreadsheets to meet user requirements
- Use spreadsheet models to present information to support decision-making.
- Create interactive products containing multimedia components
- Our pupils will use and develop skills learned in Key Stage 3 in a range of software applications:
- Artwork and imaging software
- Database software
- Email Internet and Intranets
- Presentation software
- Spreadsheet software
- Word processing software
Students use these packages to investigate and solve problems based on applications of computers in the fields of commerce, industry, education and leisure.
How are students assessed?
For three of the four units, students are set assessments by the exam board and these are completed over the duration of the course. This is a paperless qualification and pupils will submit their work in the form of an e-portfolio to the exam board at the end each assessment. The fourth assessment is an external examination based on a case study set by the exam board.
Candidates are entered either for the Level 1 or Level 2 qualification and this is equivalent to GCSE levels D-G or A*- C respectively.
What can students go on to do after this course?
This qualification gives students the skills they need in ICT when entering the world of work. It also supports progression into further education and training.
Students can go on to study GCEs, BTEC Nationals, Modern Apprenticeships or NVQs in IT.