In ICT students have successfully achieved fantastic GCSE results, exceeding the national average. In ICT we are implementing the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3, consisting of 3 strands, ICT, Digital Literacy and Computing. This is part of the government’s support for schools as we strive to raise targets and aid progression in ICT & Computing from Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 3
Three hours each week is allocated to this subject in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. This is sufficient time for pupils to maintain and increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of ICT, Digital Literacy and Computing. This is supplemented by opportunities for pupils to apply and develop their ICT capability in other subjects.
Throughout KS3 students will learn about: Digital Literacy; E-Safety; ICT in Society; Spreadsheets; Databases; Communication; Networks; Hardware; Software; Web Design; Graphics; Animation; Binary; Control; Computational Thinking; Programming using Scratch, Kodu & Python; Image & Sound Manipulation.
Key Stage 4
In Y10 students can opt to follow the OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia and this is delivered over 5 hours each week. In Year 11 students are studying the EDEXCEL GCSE in Information and Communication Technology and this is also delivered over 5 hours each week.
The knowledge gained from these qualifications would be useful in a variety of careers and further education placements. The GCSE qualification supports progress to further study including A Levels, BTECs and Diplomas in IT, Computing and related subjects. The iMedia is effective preparation for a range of qualifications including: Cambridge Technicals – IT Level 3 or Digital Media Level 3 (these are OCR vocational qualifications that offer an alternative to A levels for students aged 16+).
The OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia comprises 4 Units:
R081: Pre-production skills
This unit is assessed externally through a 1 hour 15-minute written exam and makes up 25% of the total qualification.
R082: Creating digital graphics
This is internally assessed and makes up 25% of the total qualification
R085: Creating a multipage website
R086: Creating a digital animation
These units are internally assessed and make up 50% of the total qualification.
The Edexcel GCSE comprises 2 Units:
Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
In this unit, students explore how digital technologies impact the life of individuals, organisations and society.
This unit is assessed externally through a 1 hour and 30-minute exam and makes up 40% of the total GCSE.
Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
Students must complete a controlled assessment task within 40 hours.
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.
This unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions and makes up 60% of the total GCSE.
- Excellent attendance will be needed as well as the ability to work independently.
- Students are expected to work to their maximum at all times and to meet all deadlines for the work set.
- Take responsibility for their achievement, behaviour and performance.
- Be prepared to attend catch up sessions after school.
- Complete homework projects and meet deadlines.