ICT is a vibrant and visionary subject area that offers a variety of courses and topics to personalise learning and maximise the opportunities for our students to achieve their full potential. We are well equipped and resourced with several dedicated IT suites containing modern PC hardware and software. We are currently using the latest Microsoft Office and Adobe packages allowing students to keep up-to-date with the skills needed for the outside world. Our staff are dedicated and keen to explore every student’s full potential.
The ICT & Computing course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the ICT vocational course or the GCSE Computer Science course in Key Stage 4. In year 7 students will learn fundamental skills with ICT applications that are part of the Microsoft Office package. These skills can then be used in subsequent years and can be used cross-curricular. These skills will help prepare students for the ICT qualification offered at key stage 4. In Year 8 students will build on this prior learning by studying the fundamentals of computers, including how they understand and process data and how humans interact with computer technology. A large amount of time will be spent learning how to program in a text based programming language. This will help prepare students for GCSE Computer Science at key stage 4.
OCR GCSE Computer Science
How computers work and the logic/mathematics behind them:
• Parts of the CPU and what each one does
• Different memory types
• Networks and protocols
• System security
• Problem Solving
• Representing Data (large Maths content)
• Programming in a text based language (Python)
OCR GCSE Computer Science is assessed in the following way:
Cambridge Nationals Certificate in ICT
Unit 1: Understanding Computer Systems (Mandatory Unit)
This unit will help students learn how different ICT applications and how they can be used to meet different business needs. It will look at different types of computing devices and their uses and well as the software that they use. The unit also looks at how data is captured and the different security measures that can be used to protect this data. Finally, the unit will examine the legal and ethical issues that affect how people use computing devices.
Unit 2: Using ICT to create business solutions (Mandatory Unit)
This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that will equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. Learners will use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace, schools and in further and higher education. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to complete tasks to meet specific needs. They will learn how to use software tools to handle data and communicate information for an intended audience. They will also develop skills in searching selecting and storing information for a range of contexts.
h2. Unit 3: Handling data using spreadsheets
This unit will help the learner to process and present data into meaningful information that can be used to support the decision-making process in real life scenarios.
The learning is important because spreadsheets are used extensively in businesses or a variety of purposes such as budgeting, cost modelling, reporting, trend analysis and forecasting. Spreadsheets are very effective at performing automatic calculations e.g. for displaying information to highlight relationships, for predicting outcomes by changing data, for numerical analyses and to create informative graphs and charts. Learners will create a spreadsheet to provide a solution to a given scenario which will provide the facility for the user to create and manipulate data and to produce graphs and/or charts to support decision making.
Unit 6: Creating Digital Images
This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills to enable them to create, edit, enhance and save different types of digital images. We live, learn, work and play in a very visual world. Whether we like it or not digital images influence our actions and thoughts – persuading us to buy one product instead of another, instructing us to go this way rather than that, explaining a complicated scientific concept and portraying an emotion or expressing a feeling using powerful digital art. With or without words successful digital images will convey their message effectively so that the viewer receives and understands it – and can then act upon it.
OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT is assessed in the following way:
Cambridge Technicals Level 3: Information Technology
(Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT)
- Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT (exam)
- Unit 2: Global Information (exam)
- Unit 3: Cyber Security (exam)
- Unit 12: Mobile Technologies (coursework)
- Unit 21: Web Design and Prototyping (coursework)
NB – units to be confirmed.
Cambridge Technicals (Level 3) is assessed in the following way:
Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.