In 2016 the ICT department achieved fantastic results:
GCSE ICT - 63.5% A*-C and 84.1% 3LOP
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, five hours each week in Year 8 and two hours each week in 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
Students can opt to follow the EDEXCEL GCSE in Information and Communication Technology (I.C.T) and this is delivered over 5 hours each week.
The knowledge gained would be useful in a variety of careers and further education placements. This qualification supports progress to further study, includes A Level’s, BTEC’s and Diplomas in IT, Computing and related subjects.
The Edexcel GCSE comprises of 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.