Academic Information

ICT and Computing

Aims

The ICT/Computing Department aims to:

  • Develop, maintain and stimulate students’ inquisitiveness, interest and enjoyment in using ICT and Computing

  • Develop pupils’ competence in a range of computing and ICT skills

  • Develop pupils’ ability to manage and present information effectively through the use of ICT

  • Enable pupils to develop transferable ICT skills that can be applied to situations across all curriculum subjects

  • Enable pupils to make reasoned, mature decisions on the usability and appropriateness of data and resources

  • Enable pupils to develop an understanding of the use of ICT and Computing in commerce, business and industry

  • Enable pupils to develop an understanding of computational thinking skills

Staff

Mrs J E Buchanan
Mr I Patterson (Head of Learning Technologies)
Mr D Poots
Miss J Patterson
Mr W Hesbrook
Miss Stanley
Mrs J Drury
Mr D Curtis (Senior Technician)

Key Stage 3

The course aims to prepare pupils with appropriate ICT and Computing skills. To broaden their knowledge and understanding in a wide range of application areas so to enable the effective use of ICT across all their subjects and eventually within the world of work.

Year 8

  • Computer safety and personal safety

  • Email Etiquette

  • ESafety & Cyber safety

  • General software applications – MS PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel, internet

  • Spreadsheet modelling

  • Databases

  • Programming with LOGO

  • Multimedia design

Year 9

  • Programming with Scratch

  • ESafety & Cyber bullying - raising awareness

  • Digital video

  • Programming and Gamemaker

  • Vector graphics (Adobe Photoshop)

Year 10

  • Multimedia project with programming languages

  • Image manipulation (Photoshop)

  • ESafety & Cyber bullying - raising awareness

  • Website development

  • Understanding computers

  • Introduction to databases


Key Stage 4

CCEA GCSE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Examination Route 1: Multimedia

Unit 1: Digital Technology (External Exam)

An external written examination taken at the end of year 11. Topic Themes:

• Digital data

• Software

• Database applications

• Spreadsheet applications

• Computer hardware

• Network technologies

• Cyberspace, network security and data transfer

• Cloud computing

• Ethical, legal and environmental impact of digital technology on wider society

• Digital Applications

Unit 2: Digital Authoring Concepts (External Exam)

An external written examination taken at the end of year 12. Topic Themes:

• Designing solutions

• Digital development considerations

• Multimedia applications

• Multimedia authoring

• Database development

• Testing and developing test plans

• Evaluations of digitally authorised systems

Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice (Controlled Assessment)

A Controlled assessed portfolio of coursework. Topic Themes:

• Designing solutions using appropriate tools

• Building and testing a solution

• Evaluating a solution

Method of Assessment and value

  • Unit 1: 40% external written exam (year 11)

  • Unit 2: 30% external written exam (year 12)

  • Unit 3: 30% controlled assessment (year 12)

Grading

Grades achieved A* to G

CCEA GCSE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Examination Route 2: Programming

Unit 1: Digital Technology (External Exam)

An external written examination taken at the end of year 11. Topic Themes:

• Digital data

• Software

• Database applications

• Spreadsheet applications

• Computer hardware

• Network technologies

• Cyberspace, network security and data transfer

• Cloud computing

• Ethical, legal and environmental impact of digital technology on wider society

• Digital Applications

Unit 4: Digital Developing Concepts (External Exam)

An external written examination taken at the end of year 12. Topic Themes:

• Contemporary trends in software development

• Digital data

• Digital design principles

• Programming Constructs

• Simple error handling techniques

• Testing a solution and developing test plans

• Evaluations of digitally authorised systems


Post 16

One Year Course CCEA GCSE ICT

See Key Stage 4 above for details of the units, coursework and examination.

Two Year Pearson BTEC Level 3 Information Technology

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma equivalent to 1 'A' Level (A* - E) completing six portfolio assignments

Compulsory Units

  • Unit1: Communication and Employability Skills

  • Unit 2: Computer Systems

Optional Units

  • Unit 7: Organisational Systems Security

  • Unit 8: E-Commerce

  • Unit 9: Computer Networks

  • Unit 18: Database Design

  • Unit 28: Website Production

  • Unit 30: Graphics

  • Unit 31: Computer Animation

  • Unit 32: Computer Graphics

  • Unit 34: Business Resources

  • Unit 43: Multimedia Design

Method of Assessment and Value

100% coursework with continuous assessment

 Grading

Units are assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

Pearson BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Computing

Four units are required to attain this qualification.

Compulsory Units

  • Unit 1: Principles of Computer Science

  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Computer Systems

  • Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption

Optional Unit

  • Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation

Method of Assessment and Value

  • Unit 1: Written exam (2hrs) - 33%

  • Unit 2: Written exam (1hr 45mins) - 25%

  • Unit 7: IT Systems Security and Encryption (Portfolio) - Controlled Assessment portfolio scenario based coursework 25%

  • Unit 11: Digital Graphics and Animation (portfolio) - Controlled Assessment portfolio scenario based coursework 17%

Units are assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

Skills Developed

  • Word Processing

  • Spreadsheets

  • Databases

  • Programming

  • PowerPoint

  • Graphics

  • Digital Sound

  • Digital Video

  • Explore – access, manage, research and interpret information

  • Express – create, develop and present information

  • Exchange – communicate and share

  • Evaluate – review, reflect and improve work

Careers

  • Computer Operator

  • User Support Manager

  • IT Software Trainer

  • Web designer

  • Web Analyst

  • Graphic Designer

  • Architect

  • Accountant

  • Software Engineer

  • ICT Teacher

  • ICT Technician

  • Games Software Designer

  • Engineer