ICT

“Our vision is a world, where every pupil will have the opportunity to obtain an excellent education”

We will achieve this through the following core values:

  • To develop a faculty where we promote synergy, support and cooperation and empower each other to become outstanding leaders.
  • To maintain a passion in the classroom, where pupils are inspired and are making substantial progress.

Staff

Mrs. C Townsend – Acting Head of ICT, Business and Media Faculty
Mrs. H Bains – Second in ICT Faculty
Mr. H Brom – Computer Science Lead Teacher
Mr. E Gyan-Bediako – Assistant Head teacher/Teacher of Media Studies
Mrs. K Lowbridge – Assistant Head teacher/Teacher of Media Studies
Mr. R Singh – Deputy Head of Year 7/Teacher of ICT and Computing
Mrs. S Paul-Smith – Teacher of ICT and Business Studies
Mr. B Jones – Teacher of ICT
Mr. A Faulkner – Trainee Teacher of ICT/Computing

Courses

Key Stage 3 Computing

Computing is taught throughout KS3, every class having 3 periods per fortnight.

At KS3 students follow a Computing curriculum. These schemes and resources can be found on the school VLE.

At KS3 students may work individually, in pairs or in small groups. All students have a unique user ID and their own area on the network. All students have unlimited access to a filtered broadband internet service, providing they have parental consent to do this.

The school has various software packages, many of which are subject oriented. The Microsoft Office and Adobe family suites are used extensively at KS3.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways and the emphasis is on the student taking responsibility for his/her own learning.
Students will study:

  • Safe use of the internet and email.
  • Programming in Visual Basic.
  • Digital Literacy.
  • Hardware and Software.
  • Programming in Kudo.
  • Digital skills in Movie, Audio and Web design.
  • Digital skills using Photoshop.
  • Use of Spreadsheets.
  • Impact of ICT within Society.
  • Creating animations in Flash.

Key Stage 4

GCSE ICT (Edexcel)

This qualification enables students to become independent and discerning users of ICT. Students will be able to make informed decisions about the use of ICT. They will also be made aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society. Students will also develop ICT-based solutions to problems, develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and their social and commercial impact. Lastly, students will develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1: External Assessment: Living in a Digital World – 40%

In this unit, students will explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use. They will develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. This unit is assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools – Controlled Assessment – 60%

This is a practical unit. Students will broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capabilities. They will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They will learn to reflect critically on their use of ICT. The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions. Students must complete the task within 40 hours.

ICT ECDL Level 2 Certificate in IT Application Skills

The aim of this qualification is to recognise the application of a range of IT user skills, knowledge in the workplace and meeting employer workforce demands.

This ECDL Qualification promotes the efficient use of popular office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Word processing: Online assessment 25%

This unit will develop the learner’s ability to create word-processed documents by entering text, graphs, tables, pictures editing and formatting work.

Spreadsheet software: Online assessment 25%

This unit will help students to develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets by entering data, formatting worksheets and creating charts.

Presentation software: Online assessment 25%

The unit will help students to produce high-quality presentations using a variety of tools, including charts, graphs and drawn objects.

Improving productivity using IT: Online assessment 25%

This unit requires the inclusion of content that builds the learner’s ability to work more effectively with IT.

GCSE Media Studies (AQA)

Students will study a range of media texts including adverts, film posters and magazines. They will explore and analyse how media texts are constructed and how they appeal to their respective target audiences. Students will have to research and plan their own media products and they will also learn how to use Photoshop in order to create their product. Students will be given the chance to explore media as part of the world around them and set their learning in context.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1 External Assessment 40%:

The topic for the exam changes every year. Students will be taught the content of the topic. They will be given a pre released brief from the exam board four weeks prior to the exam. Students will have to prepare this independently.

Unit 2 Controlled Assessment 60%:

Assignment One: Introductory assignment on how texts are constructed.
Assignment Two: Cross Media Promotion.
Assignment Three: Practical production and evaluation.

GCSE Applied Business Studies (EdExcel)

Pupils will study the different aspects of running a successful business. This will include finance, stakeholders, communication and organisational structures. Students will conduct primary and secondary research on two businesses. They will be given an opportunity to interview employees from the businesses that have been chosen. They will apply their knowledge based on the two businesses for their controlled assessment.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1 Controlled Assessment 60%:

Activity 1 – What a business is and what a business does.
Activity 2 – How businesses are organised.
Activity 3 – Why stakeholders are so important.

Unit 2 External Assessment 40%:

Financial Records

VCert Level 2 Business & Enterprise (NCFE)

This course enables students to develop a secure understanding of all aspects involved in running a business. Students will produce an assignment which shows how different types of businesses are set up. They will be given a scenario based on a business and students have to analyse how the business should be marketed. Students are given first hand opportunities to plan and take part in an enterprise project, which provides them with invaluable experience.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Unit 1 Internal Assessment 25% -Introduction to Business.
Unit 2 External Assessment 25%: – Marketing for Business and Enterprise.
Unit 3 Internal Assessment 25% – Finance for Business and Enterprise.
Unit 4 Internal Assessment 25% – Plan, develop and take part in an enterprise project.

Useful Websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqmtsbk

http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/Secondary/ICT/14-16/GCSEICTForEdexcel/GCSEICTForEdexcel.aspx

http://www.teach-ict.com/gcse_new.html

http://www.teach-ict.com/ecdl5_home.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztnygk7

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82

http://www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk/GcseBusiness/Activities/activitymenu.htm

http://revisionworld.com/gcse-revision/business-studies