ICT and Computing

KEY STAGE 3 COMPUTING - Years 7 - 9

All students in Year 7 receive one hour of Computing each week for the whole year.  Years 8 and 9 are taught for one hour every two weeks for the whole year. 

The curriculum covers:

  • E-safety
  • Components of a computer network
  • Text and number representation in computers
  • The storage and execution of program instructions in a computer
  • The hardware and software components that make up computer systems
  • Programming using graphic and textual environments
  • Presenting information effectively using software
  • Modelling using Spreadsheets
  • Web design
  • How networks and the internet work
  • Cryptography

Students will develop their computer programming skills using Scratch, Kodu and Python. They will also use a variety of generic software from the Microsoft Office suite and also task-specific programs including Dreamweaver.  They will learn the basics of how digital systems work and become increasingly independent users of ICT.  They will develop skills that can be used in other subjects as well as outside the school environment.

KEY STAGE 4 

ICT – Cambridge Nationals Level 2: Creative iMedia

Creative iMedia is a GCSE level qualification. Students gain skills in media production; pre and post-production. Students will have the opportunity to create a range of interactive media such as an interactive presentation, graphic image, website, video, radio advert and animation.  They develop core knowledge and understanding and apply that knowledge through a range of projects.

Students learn to:

  • Identify the requirements of  a design brief
  • Research ideas and use various sources
  • Use a variety of software packages in response to a brief or scenario
  • Assess their development process
  • Evaluate and review their product

ICT – European Computer Driving License (ECDL)

ECDL is an international qualification that recognises computing knowledge and skills. It is a course that covers key concepts in IT that can be used in the IT industry. Students will be taught a range of different features and functions within a number of Microsoft Office applications and they will undergo examinations testing their knowledge.

Students learn skills in the following areas:

  • Word Processing
  • Presentation
  • Spreadsheets
  • Improving Productivity within IT

 

KEY STAGE  5

OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT Level 3

This qualification was developed in consultation with universities, employers and industry specialists to ensure that students gain the right combination of knowledge, understanding and skills required for the 21st century. This qualification provides a mix of examined units in Year 12 and both examined and project based practical units in Year 13.

In this course students will undertake the following units:

  • Fundamentals of IT
  • Global Information
  • Cyber Security
  • Project Management
  • Product Development