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IT & Computing
Computers are now part of everyday life and, for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work.
The Information Technology curriculum teaches students how computers and telecommunications equipment work, and how they may be applied to the storage, retrieval, transmission and manipulation of data. It prepares students for the workplace and will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.
Students are taught how to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy. They are also taught how recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.
Year 7 & 8
At Key Stage 3 we offer a wide and varied curriculum where students study topics from both ICT and Computer Science. This enables students to grasp the fundamentals of both subject areas allowing them a choice of study at Key Stage 4. The programme of study covers:
- Creating graphics product
- Web design
- Computer system
- Data representation
At Key Stage 3 students are taught various software skills and undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users.
Year 9 is used as a skills-builder year where students build and develop their software skills. Students are taught a mixture of office skills including spreadsheets, databases, and desktop publishing. They also undertake design skills using the Adobe suite and are able to complete creative projects such as multimedia, web design and digital imagery.
In Computer Science, Year 9 is used as a foundation year, introducing the fundimentals of computers, how they work, the components they are made up from and the skills to develop software for them.
Students in Year 10 study the Tech Award in Digital Information Technology. This gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. Students develop key skills that prove their aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, and creating dashboards to present and interpret data.
Students are required to complete and achieve all three components included in the qualification.
- Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques - internally assessed
- Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data – internally accessed
- Effective Digital Working Practices - External accessed. This assessment must be completed in 1 hour 30 minutes.
Students who achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects.
They can also study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in IT, which prepares learners to enter employment or apprenticeships, or to move on to higher education by studying a degree in the digital sector.
In Computer Science, Students study the EDUQAS GCSE in Computer Science. This provides pupils with a deep understanding of what takes plance inside a computer and how they can communicate with each other. The units studied are:
- Data Representation
- Computer Hardware
- Software and the OS
In Year 11, students study for the Certificate in Digital Applications. The aim of this qualification is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to design and make effective digital products for others to use. It enables young people to use digital tools as a means of expression to inform, persuade and entertain. It also equips young people with professional, real-world skills in planning, project management and communication
Students will study the mandatory Unit 1 Developing Web Products worth 25% of the overall grade. This is externally accessed with a 2½ hour practical exam. They will also study one optional unit from the following, worth 75%:
- Artwork and Imaging
- Game Design
These qualifications provides a broad and solid foundation for further study of various aspects of computing, such as graphic design, web design, IT Support, Programmer, computer games design and interactive media. It supports progress to further study, including:
- A Levels in IT & Computer Science
- Level 3 BTECs in Creative Media Production
- Level 3 BTECs in IT
- Level 3 Principal Learning in Creative and Media.
It also enhances young people’s overall digital literacy and gives them a solid foundation for further study and employment.