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ICT is an ambitious, high achieving department that is aiming to provide a diverse technological experience to students. This is intended to engage students in their specialist area around the subject. Academic achievement is expected but equally as important are the skills that students are taught and the understanding they gain of the concepts involved in technological advancement.
The ICT department consists of a team of 4 experienced staff who have specialisms in a wide spectrum of subject related fields such as interactive media, graphics, web design, computing, training and ICT in Engineering.
- Mr L Crocker
- Mr C Charles
- Ms E Humphreys
- Mr S Lacy
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, theory and the skills that are being taught impact on students knowledge of ICT and it’s relevance in their world. There is active use of themes/scenarios that are contemporary and the work is intended to engage and motivate students. Students functional skills in ICT are intended to be improved by the use of resources as well as their ability to problem solve, evaluate, use higher order thinking skills, teamwork and communicate effectively using a variety of formats. Assessment methods currently follow APP criteria however the National Curriculum Program of Study is also adhered to. New changes in the curriculum have meant additional computing concepts have been added to a full and skills based practical subject.
Students get the chance to experience and learn from three main tiers of ICT and Computing.
- ICT – word processing, DTP, spreadsheets, databases, communication & how technology impacts on the world around us.
- Computing – basic programing techniques and concepts, computational and analytical thinking and how computers work.
- Creative communication and design – photo manipulation, flash animation, video and sound editing.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4
Students get to choose between 3 pathways in ICT & Computing.
- Computing – a full GCSE, currently running with 60% coursework and 40% exam. Computing focuses on understanding how the technology works and creating solutions to tasks using computer programing (languages being learnt include visual basic).http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-computing-j275-from-2010/
- Btec – an industry recognized qualification, the btec looks to assess students through the whole of key stage 4 through a large proportion of coursework assessed projects. As of 2013 a computer based exam forms part of the qualification. Students currently learn and improve functional ICT skills and experiment with various programs to complete modular projects which have included: multimedia and video communication, animation and game design. The course has good transferable skills whilst providing access to all.http://www.edexcel.com/quals/firsts2012/information-and-creative-technology/Pages/default.aspx
- Cambridge National in Creative I-media – Is an opportunity for students to use industry standard creative software (adobe suite) to produce coursework modules on a variety of creative and multimedia projects. This topic requires students to be well motivated, creative and disciplined self-learners. As of 2013 a written exam forms part of the evaluation process along with several portfolio style projects to achieve this level 2 qualification equivalent to a single GCSE.http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/creative-imedia-level-1-2-award-certificate-j807-j817/
- Should you wish to it is possible to not choose any ICT option at Key stage 4
Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5
Currently at Key Stage 5 the ICT & Computing department offers an ‘Advanced Level in Computing’ for Year 12 and 13. This qualification is broken into two one year courses consisting of AS and A2 (both level 3). Each year is worth 50% of a final A Level grade. Two written exams are used for assessment in year one and a further written exam is done in year two along with an internally assessed piece of coursework. Each individual element is worth 25% of the total grade. Students study both theory and use practical skills in this subject. Strong maths skills are advisable and a general interest in computing is recommend. No previous computing qualification are required and know specific knowledge is essential as students will have the chance to pick up programing skills and learn a programing language as part of their study.http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-computing-h047-h447/
ICT rooms are open throughout the school on most lunch times and often these are supervised with staff from the department who can assist students with work. Animation and programming clubs are run at lunch times in ICT rooms where knowledgeable sixth formers are able to share advice and help younger students. A computing drop in session is ran for those studying computing at either GCSE or A Level. This is an opportunity for students to support each other, seek help or engage in group hacking projects. Occasional analytical game sessions are run for the Gifted and Talented and interested parties. Following links with the STEM center we have been offering a popular after school raspberry pi club.