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ICT and Computing

 Teaching Staff

Mrs D Fitzsimmons (Head of ICT/Computing) 
Mrs K Branagh
Miss L Campbell

Introduction
ICT is an acronym that stands for Information Communications Technology.  ICT covers any product that will store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit or receive information electronically in a digital form.  The two main types of ICT are traditional computer-based and digital communication technologies.

Computer Science is an exciting, challenging, and growing field that impacts the world and everyday life in countless ways. Computer scientists are involved in creating technology and systems that are used in a wide range of industries, including medicine, communications, entertainment, manufacturing, business and science. Teaching and Learning Aims

In ICT/Computing pupils continue to extend your knowledge and practical skills of traditional and new technologies, which can be applied across the curriculum and everyday life.  In addition, pupils will learn new computer programming skills which provide an excellent opportunity to be innovative in creating personal solutions for tasks set.

ICT is taught as a timetabled subject to all pupils in Years 8 to 10.  At GCSE level pupils can opt to study GCSE ICT or GCSE Computing.

Key Stage 3 Summary

Year 8

Using the Network and Managing Documents
Internet Research and E-Safety
Virtual Learning Environment and Electronic Mail
Word processing and Multimedia Software
Hardware and Software
Data types and structures
Makey Makey
Game Maker

Year 9

Computer Systems
Multimedia Movie Editing
Spreadsheet Software
Python Programming
Raspberry Pi 

Year 10

Python Programming
Web Design and HTML
ICT in Industry
Apple Macs

 

GCSE ICT CCEA SUMMARY

The emphasis of the course is on practical skills with 60% of the assessment being through controlled assessment and the remaining through one written paper. 

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1 Tools and Applications

Controlled Assessment

Year 11

30%

Unit 2

Using Multimedia and Games

Controlled Assessment

Year 12 30%

Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life

External Examination (2 Hours) Synoptic

Topics covered in Years 11 and 12 Summer Examination at the end of Year 12 40%

GCSE COMPUTING WJEC SUMMARY

The course gives pupils a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.  This course gives pupils an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming.

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1: Understanding Computer Science

Written Paper

1 Hour 30 Minutes

Examination completed at the end of Year 12

45%

Unit 2: Solving Problem Using Computers

External Assessment

Year 12 30%

Unit3: Developing Computing Solutions

Controlled Assessment

Year 11/12 25%

APPLIED ICT A LEVEL CCEA SUMMARY

Students are required to study 3 modules for AS level and 6 in total for A2.  All Units carry EQUAL weighting. CCEA's GCE Applied ICT qualification gives students hands-on experience of ICT and first-hand experience of how it is used in real life contexts. This practical approach helps students develop knowledge and skills that benefit them both in employment and in preparation for higher education.

Study Units 1,2,3 L6th 7,8,9 U6th

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1

Information and Communication

Internal Coursework

16 2/3

2

Software Application and Tools

Examination 2 ½ hour practical paper

16 2/3

3

Organisations and Information Systems

Internal Coursework

16 2/3

Unit

Title

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

7

Investigating Systems

Examination 2 hour written paper

16 2/3

8

Database Development

Internal Coursework

16 2/3

9

Website Design and Management

Internal Coursework

16 2/3

 


Extra Curricular/Extended Learning Opportunities

A junior computing club is available for pupils in Years 8 to 10 which provide an opportunity for pupils to further develop programming skills and enter external competitions. In Year 10 pupils work in groups to research how Information Communication Technology (ICT) is used within a specific industry. Pupils use their research findings to create their first website using html programming and put together a display board demonstrating what they have learned.  School trip opportunities are available for senior pupils to support their studies in ICT. In the past this has included trips to Northgate, Allstate, BRING IT ON Conferences and Disneyland Paris.

Career Opportunities

Computer science graduates are in very high demand and earn high salaries from the start. Why? Because employers value the skills that a CS program imparts – problem-solving and analytical skills, teamwork, can-do technical skills, and a capacity for attending to both the critical details and the big picture. While many computer science graduates go on to careers in computing, a CS major is also an excellent starting point for careers in business, law, medicine, and other professions.

Why study Computer Science? Because it is interesting! It is fun! It is challenging! You can make a difference in the world! AND you can have an exciting and fulfilling career!

Department Achievements
GCSE Results 2016 100% A*-B Grades 100% A*-C Grades
AS Applied ICT Results 2016 100% A*-C
A2 Applied ICT Results 2016 100% A*-C
A Level ICT Results 2015 100% A*-C
ICT Department awarded SENTINUS Bursary to develop KS3 Computing (2013)
Ben Collister awarded 1st place in GCSE ICT (2014)
NAACE ICT Mark Award led by Mrs Fitzsimmons (2009, 2013)
Specialist School in Mathematics and Computing (2009-2011)