“Find something in life you enjoy and do it!” –
Steve Jobs, Apple Co-founder
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
ICT is compulsory at Key Stage 3. Learners explore different types of application software e.g. MS Office, Scratch, Mediator and industry standard software such as Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks.
This sets a solid foundation for all students to make use of their ICT skills across all curriculum areas.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
There are two different pathways available to KS4 learners; the ICT GCSE and the National Certificate in ICT. Both courses are assessed through examinations and coursework. However, the ICT GCSE course is assessed through controlled assessment and the National Certificate in ICT is assessed through project-based coursework.
The GCSE consists of four Units. Students study Units 1 and 2 in Year 10 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 11.
- Unit 1: Understanding ICT is an examination unit that will assess the requirements of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Information and Communication Technology.
- Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT is a controlled assessment task that consists of a portfolio of work which shows candidates' attainment in obtaining and interpreting different types of information; using, developing and communicating information to meet the purpose of their studies and presenting the results of their work. This assignment will assess the practical aspects of the functional elements of ICT.
- Unit 3: ICT in Organisations is an examination unit that will assess the 'application' content of ICT in a business and industry context.
- Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions is a controlled assessment task that will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a task based brief issued by WJEC.
National Certificate in ICT
The National Certificate in ICT also consists of four units. Students study Units R002 and R005 in Year 10 and Units R001 and R008 in Year 11.
- R002: Using ICT to create business solutions is a coursework based unit that will give candidates the opportunity to use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace, schools and higher education. They will learn how to select the most appropriate software to meet specified business requirements in a variety of contexts following a task based brief issued by OCR.
- R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia Components is a coursework based unit that enables learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating webpage or interactive product. Interactive products are used widely in everyday life; from visiting a website, ordering online products, using mobile phone applications, viewing a presentation, e-learning products or playing computer games.
- R008: Introduction to Computer Programming is a coursework based unit that will give candidates the opportunity to gain additional skills and to develop their knowledge and understanding of the use of programming and scripting to enable computer systems to solve problems. On completion of this unit, learners will be able to appreciate the range of programming and scripting languages that are used and their applications and will be able to develop, test and evaluate working programs in one language.
- R001: Understanding computer systems this is an examination based on a case study given before the exam. This unit covers business uses of technology and devices to communicate, legislation and its strengths and weaknesses.
Success and Achievements:
Our results continue to be very good at KS4. In summer 2012, 72% of our Double Award GCSE students achieved a grade C or higher