Information & Creative Technology

Welcome to ICT 2017-2018

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.


Mrs Charlotte Ellwood, Head of Department
Miss Glynnis Peacock, Assistant Principal, Teacher of Computing, ICT & Business

Overview of the Year for ICT at Key Stage 4

Course – Cambridge Nationals in Information and Creative Technology
Exam Board OCR
Code J810
Exam 25%
Controlled assessment 75%

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, Fireworks and Photoshop.

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 30 hours in which to complete the controlled assessment task. The marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by OCR against set assessment criteria.

With regards to the exam, students demonstrate their understanding of computer systems. 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.

R001: Understanding computer systems (Exam)
R003: Using ICT to create business solutions
R004: Handling data using spreadsheets
R006: Creating digital images


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