ICT General Information

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. We aim to equip all students with the necessary skills and understanding to be able to use ICT purposely, safely and responsibly for learning, everyday life and employment.

The school has ICT facilities all equipped with appropriate software and all students have access to their own e-mail account and have filtered internet access. All ICT facilities are carefully monitored; internet access and e-mails are filtered and access to social websites and chatrooms is restricted.

All Key Stage 3 all students have one lesson of ICT per week. A range of topics are taught to include finding, sharing and communicating information, developing ideas and opportunities for evaluation. At the same time they develop their basic skills by using a wide range of applications and software to develop skills in modelling spreadsheets and databases and work creatively using desktop publishing and multimedia simulation effects.

At Key Stage 4 students all students will work towards the Cambridge National Certificate in ICT from 2011) or OCR National (legacy/current Year 11) this is a Level 2 vocational qualification. Some students may also opt for a GCSE WJEC ICT (current Years 10/11) and as from September 2012 GCSE OCR Computing.

In the Sixth Form students can continue to study towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (from 2012) or OCR National Level 3 ICT (legacy/current Year 13) which is accredited with UCAS tariff points as follows; Pass (40), Merit (80) and Distinction (120). This qualification has a range of optional units which can support other subjects studied at A/AS Level.

Key Stage 3

In ICT in Year 7 you will study a series of modules to include;

Introduction to School Network & File Structure – You will be introduced to the network and to understand how to log on and access your personal areas. You will need to understand how to create an effective folder structure in order to save your work sensibly.

Plan & Create Presentations – You will plan and create presentations and explore the concept of ‘fitness for purpose’ when using images, text, colour and sound to enhance your presentations. You will consider how to match and adapt presentations to a given audience and purpose. Finally, you will evaluate the suitability of your work for different audiences and purposes.

Using Desktop Publishing – You will plan and create a leaflet to give out information about online safety. You will explore the use of image text, colour and layout to enhance and consider how to match the design of their leaflet to a given audience and purpose. Finally you will identify evaluation criteria to evaluate your work for different audience and purposes.

Spreadsheets & Modelling – learn how simple models are built by first investigating rules and then by seeing how rules can govern the behaviour of simple models. You will develop these skills to set up a model and then using it to investigate various scenarios.

Handling Data – You will find out what the term ‘database’ means and learn to access and use databases in different formats. You will learn how to collect data and how to search for data effectively and also learn how to write your own hypothesis.

Sequencing & Animation – You will use sequencing to create animations using control software. You will use criteria and feedback to evaluate your work and suggest improvements and test your work and make modifications.

Computers & Computing – You will be introduced to the world of computers and computing. You will begin to develop knowledge of the origins of the first electronic computer or how computers have developed over the decades.

In ICT in Year 8 you will study a series of modules to include;

File Management & Threats to Data – You willrevisit this topic and to develop your skills further. You are also introduced to on-line threats to data and what precautions you need to take to avoid infection.

E-Mail Features & Functions – You will look at the uses of email both at school and at home and explore how to use some of the other tools and feature that are available as part of a common email package.

Information, Reliability & Bias – You will learn to assess the validity of information and to identify biased and inaccurate information and avoid data that is unreliable. You will learn techniques to help you search for information more effectively. You will select a contentious issue and to gather information from various sources in order to make an unbiased presentation to others. You will consider the usefulness, provenance, reliability, status and bias of the information that you collect and use.

Modelling & Interrogation of Data – You will be revisiting spreadsheets and recap functionality and formulas. You will then construct a model to ascertain requirements and use the concept of Goal Seek. You will be expected to make and test a prediction by using your model and present information using different formats. Some of you will investigate the use of IF…Then formula.

Figure Animation – You will learn about different methods of animation. You will use different software including Flash and Stop Frame Animation. You will create outputs which demonstrate these different methods.

Impact of ICT in Society – You will investigate the collection and use of data by commercial organisations and government agencies. You will consider the social and legal implications of such large scale data collection and storage are examined.

Key Stage 4

What type of qualifications can I achieve?

Cambridge National in ICT (from September 2011)

This qualification will assess the application of ICT skills through practical use. You will be provided with essential knowledge, transferable skills and tools to improve your learning in other subjects with the aims of enhancing your employability when you leave education, contributing to your personal development and future economic well-being.

The Cambridge Nationals in ICT will equip you with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. It will also challenge some of you to work independently and creativity and providing tasks such as data handling, modelling and programming.

How and when will my work be assessed?

The Cambridge National Certificate in ICT is split into six units as follows (120 GLH):

Mandatory units


How it will be assessed

R001: Understanding computer systemsWritten paper 1 hour 60 marks(60 GLH of study)


R002: Using ICT to create business solutionsCentre assessed tasks (30 GLH) 60 marks


Optional units – You will study two more additional units selected from the list below

Unit R003: Handling data using spreadsheetsUnit R004: Handling data using databasesUnit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia componentsUnit R006: Creating digital imagesUnit R007: Creating dynamic products using sound and vision

Unit R008: Introduction to computer programming Unit R009: Exploring computer hardware and network

Unit R010: Developing control systems

Unit R011: Understanding technology – a project approach

Centre assessed tasks

Each unit is;

(30 GLH) – 60 marks

Internally assessed

Key Stage 5

What type of qualifications can I achieve?

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma(from September 2011)

On successful completion of a BTEC Level 3 in IT qualification, you can progress into or within employment and/or continue your study in the same vocational area. This specification provides content and structures that help you to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to work as professionals in the IT sector.

How and when will my work be assessed?

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma* – 60 credits

*This qualification is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE A Level

Mandatory Units.

Unit 1

Communication and Employability Skills for IT (10 credits)Unit 2

Computer Systems (10 credits)

Optional Units – 4 additional units from the following options (10 credits/unit)

Information Systems

Impact of the Use of IT on Business Systems

Managing Networks

Software Design and Development

Organisational Systems Security


Computer Networks

Communication Technologies

Systems Analysis and Design

IT Technical Support

IT Systems Troubleshooting and Repair

Event Driven Programming

Object Oriented Programming

Procedural Programming

Systems Architecture

Client Side Customisation of Web Pages

Data Analysis and Design

Developing Computer Games

Human Computer Interaction

Controlling Systems Using IT

Maintaining Computer Systems

Mathematics for IT Practitioners

Web Server Scripting

Website Production

Installing and Upgrading Software

Digital Graphics

Computer Animation

Your assignments will be regularly marked and tracked you will be given feedback informing you of your current progress grade You will be given an opportunities to address any weaknesses before each unit is awarded its final grade.

Where can I get more information about this course?