SUBJECT OVERVIEW


The ICT department consists of a small team of specialist teachers.  Our aim is to offer a wide range of courses across all Key stages that will enable students to become confident users of ICT and understand how ICT is used in the real world. Courses are planned to be interesting, challenging and help broaden the students skills and knowledge of ICT.


KEY STAGE 3


At Key Stage 3 students studying ICT work through a vast range of topics  and packages some of which include Scratch, Microsoft Office, Serif  Multimedia suite and much more.


Key Stage 3 students  can expect to complete a range of exciting tasks such  as programming a computer game, designing a stop frame animation and producing a professional website.  To accompany these exciting tasks pupils will develop important skills within Office such as working with spreadsheets and databases. 


Students are assessed via the outcomes they produce when solving the scenarios they have been set during each unit and a work booklet that consists of classwork and homework tasks.


KEY STAGE 4


At Key Stage 4 students  can undertake a Vocational GCSE course, this consists of one external exam which will cover a range of topics such as features and purpose of computing devices, how ICT is used to communicate and legal and safety issues linked to ICT.  

The rest of the course consists of three pieces of coursework which will cover a range of skills and software packages. One assessment focuses on a scenario they have to work through solving problems for a client on Office based software such as spreadsheets and database and the other is based on the creation of a website.  



KEY STAGE 5


We are very pleased to be able to offer a wide range of courses to students in Years 12 and 13. We believe we offer a range of courses that are suitable for all different styles of learning and more importantly a range of courses that give students the best opportunities to undertake a career in the ever changing fields of ICT and Media.



The BTEC Extended Certificate course in ICT offers a more vocational route for students wishing to still study ICT.  The course consists of three mandatory units and one optional unit and is equivalent to one A Level with the same UCAS points. Students can expect to work on a range of products such as the development of websites and database systems.  They are also expected to learn a range of theory, exploring the more advanced elements of ICT.



The OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Digital Media aims to equip students with the skills needed to work toward a career in Media. The course consists of three mandatory units and two optional units and is equivalent to one A Level with the same UCAS points. Students can expect to develop skills in video production, photography, design for printed media and much more.


Both courses at Key Stage 5 consist of external examinations, you will receive feedback on your progress through the courses linked to the grading criteria of the examination board.



DEPARTMENT STAFF


Miss L Davies

Miss C Clover

Miss C Dixon

Mr P Grant  

Mr A Molyneux

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