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The ICT department recognises the increasingly critical role which ICT plays both in society and within schools. Within schools, it is the role which ICT can play in enhancing and widening the learning process which is our priority. We are also aware of the contribution ICT can make to the overall management and efficiency of the school. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society. ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems.

The ICT department recognises the importance of ICT skills for all members of the school. We intended to ensure that ICT is accessible to all pupils regardless of ability, gender, ethnic origin and learning difficulties.

We, therefore, aim to:

  • • Help pupils become confident in using ICT;
  • • Use ICT to enrich and extend learning throughout the curriculum for all pupils;
  • • Encourage pupils competency and pleasure in using ICT;
  • • Allow pupils to become familiar with appropriate uses of ICT within everyday applications;
  • • Encourage pupils to be aware of and appreciate the changing role of ICT in society;
  • • Enable all pupils, whatever their needs, to become independent learners and develop their own interests, aptitudes and abilities;
  • • Eenable pupils to select appropriate and relevant uses of ICT in order to solve problems;
  • • Enable pupils to acquire transferable skills via relevant learning experiences at appropriate stages in the curriculum;
  • • Offer pupils the opportunity of progression and enhancement of their learning experiences within all subjects using ICT;
  • • Use ICT effectively to help deliver the National Curriculum;
  • • Use ICT as an effective and efficient means of storing, processing and communicating information within the school for administrative purposes.


ICT is a compulsory subject in all years and pupils will study ICT for one hour a week at Key Stage 3 and two hours at Key Stage 4 where currently they will study either GCSE ICT or OCR National ICT Level 2. Pupils are also given numerous other opportunities within other subjects to expand their ICT knowledge.

 

Subject summary:  Year 7 ICT Programme of Study

A wide and balanced range of topics will be examined in Year 7, to extend a pupil’s knowledge, understanding and skills in ICT.  These include:

  • • Using ICT safely
  • • Presenting data using a multimedia  software program
  • • Data handling and information sources
  • • Presenting data in Desktop Publishing software
  • • Using and creating Spreadsheets
  • • Computer Control and programing
  • • E-commerce and ICT in wider world


Subject summary: Year 8 ICT Programme of Study


Pupils will focus on raising capability in ICT as well as the acquisition of new skills.  They will study:

  • • Safety Online, Health and Safety and functional skills.
  • • Email and Calendaring using VLE Diary
  • • Research techniques
  • • Graphics
  • • System Lifecycle
  • • Web site creation
  • • Data Handling
  • • DTP
  • • Make Healthy living App/Pod cast
  • • Spreadsheets
  • • Mail merge
  • • Awareness of ICT jobs


Subject summary: Year 9 ICT Programme of Study


A wide and balanced range of topics will be examined in Year 9, to further develop a pupil’s knowledge, understanding and skills in ICT.   These include:

  • • Information systems
  • • Hardware and Software
  • • Data handling with Spreadsheets and Database
  • • Presentation of Information
  • • Computer Control.
  • • Safety Online, Health and Safety and functional skills.
  • • Home Entertainment Systems
  • • Internet research skills and email
  • • Web design
  • • Use of ICT in wider world


Subject summary: Year 10 ICT Programme of Study

Pupils will explore the use of ICT in home, school and commercial settings. They will develop their skills and understanding through practical tasks and a controlled assessment. Pupils will demonstrate their ability to analyse, design and implement ICT systems for use in a range of environments including those of home, school and commercial settings.

A wide and balanced range of topics will be examined in KS4, to further develop pupils’ knowledge.  Year 10 pupils will follow courses appropriate to their needs.  Sets 1 to 3, for both Red and White sides of the timetable, will complete preparation work towards their GCSE ICT which includes 2 exams, worth 20% of their GCSE each, and 2 controlled assessment worth 30%. Set 4 Red are currently completes five piece of coursework for the GCSE OCR National in ICT Level 2 award, covering a wide range of ICT topics including Using ICT utilising a full range of application software programs; Web Graphics Design; Presentation software for two separate projects and Web Design.

Subject summary: Year 11 ICT Programme of Study
Pupils will explore the use of ICT in a home, school and commercial settings. They will develop their skills and understanding through practical tasks and controlled assessment. Pupils will demonstrate their ability to analyse, design and implement ICT systems for use in a range of environments including those of home, school and commercial settings.  A wide and balanced range of topics are examined in KS4, to further develop pupils’ knowledge.  In Year 11 pupils will complete a second controlled assessment, worth 30% of their GCSE as well as studying towards their final examinations, each of which is worth 20% of their overall GCSE mark.

Course Title: GCSE ICT

Examination Board: WJEC

Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Sets 1, 2, 3

Contact: Mrs T Goodrick

Course Aims:

This GCSE course in Information and Communication Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing information and communication systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Information and Communication Technology develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The specification encourages the investigation and study of Information and Communication Technology in a variety of contexts. In these contexts the candidates are given opportunities to acquire competence, capability and critical skills through the creation, implementation, use and evaluation of a range of information and communication systems. Candidates from all cultures and both genders can develop their interest in, enjoyment of, and critical reflection about information technology as an integral part of modern society.


Course Description:

The course uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the candidate achieve through examination and practical/investigative work. Sixty per cent of the marks are based on internally-assessed controlled assignments which allow the candidates to experience an appropriate variety of roles relevant to information technology: user, designer, maker, manager and client. Assessment through controlled assignments will also enable centres to respond positively and quickly to developments in the field of information and communication technology. The remaining forty per cent of the final assessment will be by externally set examinations testing the full ability range.

How I will learn:

Candidates undertake preparation on a wide range of ICT related topics culminating in two examination papers Unit 1 Understanding ICT and Unit 3 ICT in Organisations. Candidates are also required to submit 2 controlled assignments Unit 2 Solving Problems in ICT and Unit 4 Creating Multimedia Solutions.

Possible Career Pathways:

It is hoped that the practical skills and technical knowledge gained from this course will provide candidates with a level of information that can form the basis for higher studies in ICT or a related discipline.

Course Title: National First Award Level 2 in ICT

Examination Board: OCR

Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Year 11 Sets 4 Only

Contact: Mrs T Goodrick

Course Aims:

These qualifications specifically aim to develop learner's knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector; to develop learner's skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing their employability within the ICT sector ; to develop learner's ability to work autonomously and effectively in an ICT context ; to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of ICT, and demonstrate the skills needed to participate in the operation and development of ICT specific or ICT non-specific business organisations; to encourage progression to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis; to encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that learners will need to enter employment or enhance their current employment status; to promote interaction between employers, centres and learners by relating teaching and assessment to real organisations.

Course Description:

The qualification prepares candidates for the real world of work or further education. They are designed to stimulate candidates’ creativity and develop real-world, practical skills that will motivate learning across a wide range of subjects. Candidates utilise their skills and understanding to create three assignments, this is an extremely practical ICT qualification. This will lead to students achieving the equivalent of a GCSE in this subject.

How I will learn:

The qualification is assessed by the candidate’s production of portfolio assignments.  Two units are examined. 

Possible Career Pathways:

It is hoped that the practical skills and understanding gained from this course will provide candidates with a level of information that can form the basis for higher studies in ICT or a related discipline.


Course Title: National First Award Level 2 in ICT

Examination Board: OCR

Entry Requirements (if appropriate): Year 10 Sets 4 Only

Contact: Mrs T Goodrick

Course Aims:

These qualifications specifically aim to develop learner's knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector; to develop learner's skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing their employability within the ICT sector ; to develop learner's ability to work autonomously and effectively in an ICT context ; to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of ICT, and demonstrate the skills needed to participate in the operation and development of ICT specific or ICT non-specific business organisations; to encourage progression to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis; to encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and understanding that learners will need to enter employment or enhance their current employment status; to promote interaction between employers, centres and learners by relating teaching and assessment to real organisations.

Course Description:

The qualification prepares candidates for the real world of work or further education.  They are designed to stimulate candidates’ creativity and develop real-world, practical skills that will motivate learning across a wide range of subjects. Candidates utilise their skills and understanding to create three assignments, this is an extremely practical ICT qualification. This will lead to students achieving the equivalent of a GCSE in this subject.

How I will learn:

The qualification is assessed by the candidate’s production of portfolio assignments. Three units are examined.

Possible Career Pathways:

It is hoped that the practical skills and understanding gained from this course will provide candidates with a level of information that can form the basis for higher studies in ICT or a related discipline.

 

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