Information & Communication Technology

Welcome to ICT

ICT is a vibrant and visionary subject area that offers a variety of courses to personalise learning and maximise the opportunities for our students to achieve their full potential. We are well equipped and resourced with seven dedicated IT suites containing modern PC computer hardware and software. We are currently using the latest Microsoft and Serif packages allowing students to keep up-to-date. Our staff are dedicated and keen to explore student’s full potential.

Contact

Miss Glynnis Peacock, Head of Department
Mrs Charlotte Ellwood, Teaching of Computing

Overview of the Year for ICT at Key Stage 3

Within Key Stage 3 students study a range of programmes in preparation for them choosing either ICT or Computing as their option subject. It is important to recognise that this is crucial stage of student’s learning, one which can allow for firm foundations going into Key Stage 4. Students at the end of Year 8 will achieve the following:

  • improved self-awareness and personal responsibility
  • developed the ability to work with other people and to contribute to the success of a team
  • improved the ability to solve problems and meet new challenges
    • increased motivation and appetite for learning, and raise aspirations
    • learnt a range of software skills, whilst possessing the ability to apply these to set scenarios

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Miss G Peacock, Head of Department

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Overview of the Year for ICT at Key Stage 4

Course – GCSE ICT
Exam Board EdExcel
Code 2IT01
Exam 40%
Controlled assessment 60%

Within Key Stage 4 students are taught a range of skills and knowledge in preparation for their final exam. Students will use programs such as Word, Excel and Access.

The Controlled Assessment assesses student’s understanding of the programmes whilst also giving them a real world challenging topic. It is up to the student to independently apply their skills and what they have learnt in their previous ICT lessons in completing the assessment. Internally assessed under controlled conditions students have 40 hours in which to complete the controlled assessment task. The marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.

With regards to the exam, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Current and emerging technologies are explored with students developing an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Miss G Peacock, Head of Department