ICT & Computing

ICT & Computing
ICT & Computing
ICT & Computing

The Business and ICT department is a strong, dynamic and forward looking department that offers a range of courses to maximise the opportunities for the students to achieve their potential.

The department has high expectations of all including staff and students. We aim to provide high quality teaching and learning to enable all students to maximise their opportunities to fulfil their potential. We carefully monitor studentsí progress and aim to work in partnership with both the students and parents to ensure all are aware of their current progress and the ways in which they can maximise their opportunities to achieve.

ICT in Year 7
The department aims to develop the students understanding of ICT and application software. We follow national curriculum guidelines however ensure that the curriculum is relevant and of interest to the students in our care.

In Year 7 the students will begin with an assessment of their current understanding of ICT which will include both theory and application software. They will then develop their understanding of the rules of presentation and the assessment of the needs of a range of audiences. 

Modelling is another key focus for Year 7 with the students experimenting with changing variables and more complex formula. Finally the students may have the opportunity to create their own animated character.

Each unit will be culminated with a formal assessment however assessment for learning will be evident throughout the year. If however you would like some additional feedback simply ask the member of teaching staff.
• Presentation assessment
• Leafelet assessment
• Modelling assesment (CD Sales)
• Flash assessment

ICT in Year 8
In Year 8 the students will focus on developing their own understanding of data handling and more specifically databases. They will focus on the need, purpose and features of the software and practical applications. They will be expected to design, create and use advanced queries to identify data suitable for mail merge. They will then examine web design and the elements that make a site effective this investigation will culminate with the students creating their own website which includes effective use of house style, hyperlinks and an effective use of multimedia features.

Each unit will be culminated with a formal assessment however assessment for learning will be evident throughout the year. If however you would like some additional feedback simply ask the member of teaching staff.
• Community Banner Project
• New Sub Project
• Control
• Alton Towers

ICT in Year 9
The culmination of the assessment and progression within Key Stage 3 will be the allocation of a final national curriculum level but ultimately the opportunity to achieve a key skills ICT qualification.

A Key Skills GCSE in ICT is a nationally recognised qualification that can be awarded as a pass at either level 1 or level 2. Level 1 is equal to D-G and level 2 A-C. To achieve the qualification the student must complete two portfolios and pass the online multiple choice test.
• Graphics
• Computer Aided Design
• Scratch Programming

ICT in Year 10
In Year 10 students have the chance to study one or more of the following courses:

• ICT
• GCSE ICT
• Cambridge Nationals ICT
• Computing
• GCSE Computing

GCSE ICT

What will I learn to do?
The GCSE ICT course is made up of various parts called units. These tell you what you need to learn, what evidence you have to produce and what you need to do to achieve a GCSE grade. Unit 1 and 2 are mandatory units.

Unit 1 - Living in a digital world
In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2 - Using digital tools
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and othersí use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Assessment
Assessment is one examination and one controlled assessment. Unit 1 examination will be taken in the summer of the second year. Unit 2 will be completed in controlled assessment environment where students will be given a case study to complete activities which will be internally marked and moderated externally.

The awarding grades are GCSE from A*-G

What skills do I need?
• You have developed many skills in ICT over the few years in your ICT lessons, the course will build on these and enabling you to become more independent.
• You need to be creative and able to create a series of documents/outputs that are professional with a clear house style.
• It will be essential that you are able to work independently to complete both your controlled assessment and examination.

What is next for me after this course?
This qualification is an excellent building block for higher study in the subject. It is also extremely useful for anyone moving straight into employment because it provides the skills often required by employers.

Cambridge Nationals ICT

What will I learn to do?
The OCR National course is made up of various parts called units. These tell you what you need to learn, what evidence you have to produce and what you need to do to get a pass, merit or distinction in each unit. There is also an additional option to achieve a Level 1 qualification.

Unit R001 - Understanding Computer Systems
This unit will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

Unit R002 - Using ICT to Create Business Solutions
This unit will enable learners to develop ICT skills that would equip them to operate effectively in a business environment. In this unit learners will study the computer system on which applications software sits and consider the implications of working with data to create content, while in this unit they will work with ëof?ceí applications software to edit and format/create content to meet speci?ed business purposes.

Unit R004 - Handling data using databases
This unit will enable learners to gain the necessary additional skills and knowledge to be able to modify an existing database by adding ?elds and then to further enhance a database by creating new table structures to produce a relational database structure.

Unit R006 - Creating digital images
Students will learn how to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in prior units to create, edit, enhance and save different types of digital images.

Assessment
Assessment is one examination, one controlled assessment and two coursework portfolios. It will be possible to achieve a pass (C), merit (B), distinction (A) and distinction* (A*)

What skills do I need?
You have developed many skills in ICT over the few years in your ICT lessons, the course will build on these and enabling you to become more independent. You need to be creative and able to create a series of documents/outputs that are professional with a clear house style. It will be essential that you are able to work independently to create your portfolio of evidence.

What is next for me after this course?
This qualification is an excellent building block for higher study in the subject. It is also extremely useful for anyone moving straight into employment because it provides the skills often required by employers.

GCSE Computing

What will I learn to do?
The GCSE Computing course is made up of various parts called units. These tell you what you need to learn, what evidence you have to produce and what you need to do to achieve a GCSE grade. Unit A451, A452 and A453 are mandatory units.

Unit A451 - Computer systems and programming
This topic introduces computer systems and provides a foundation for the remaining topics in this unit. Candidates will develop a mental model of a computer system which comprises hardware and software. Topics include how data is inputted and converted into the computerís internal representation by input devices. How the data is processed and how the results of the processing are converted from the computerís internal representation and output by an output device.
 
Unit A452 - Practical Investigation

This unit is designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to carry out a practical investigation into a computing issue and engage them with computing in the real world.
The unit deliberately extends the candidateís work beyond the topics in Unit A451 in order to provide a stimulating experience. Students will study one from a range of topics which will be supplied by OCR. Candidates will be expected to carry out practical investigations of the topic and any supplementary research necessary to complete these investigations.

Unit A453 - Programming Project
Students will be offered three tasks from the examining board. The set of tasks within the controlled assessment will provide opportunities for the candidate to demonstrate practical ability to use the skills outlined in the specification for this unit. Candidates will need to create suitable algorithms which will provide a solution to the stated problem then code their solutions in a suitable programming language.

Assessment
Assessment is one examination and 2 controlled assessment. Unit A451 examination will be taken in the summer. Unit A452 and A453 will be completed in controlled assessment environment where students will be given a case study to complete activities which will be internally marked and moderated externally.

The awarding grades are GCSE from A*-G

What skills do I need?
You have developed many skills in Computing over the few years in your lessons, the course will build on these and enabling you to become more independent and understand how to solve a problem using a logical mindset.
 An enthusiasm for Mathematic is essential for this course.

What is next for me after this course?
This qualification is an excellent building block for higher study in the subject.

ICT in Year 11
The department aim to build on the progress made in Key Stage 3 but provide opportunities to experience new software and develop their skills. With this in mind the department has chosen in recent years to introduce the OCR National GCSE course which embraces the practical focus that the students enjoy with an opportunity to consolidate and develop skills in other areas.

The OCR National is taught in units with an opportunity to achieve 1, 2, 3 or 4 GCSEís depending on how many units are completed. The qualification is awarded at three levels pass, merit and distinction which are depended on the quality and the quantity of work produced.
1 GCSE - 2 units - (First Award)
2 GCSE's - 3 units - (National Award)
3 GCSE's - 5 units - (National First)
4 GCSE's - 6 units - (National Certificate)

All students must complete Unit 1; ICT skills for business, which requires the students to produce evidence that they are able to use email, internet, spreadsheet, database, presentation, word processing and desk top publishing software.

The other units will depend on the strengths of the students and their capabilities.
Unit 4 - Design and produce a multimedia product
Unit 20 Creating graphics for www
Unit 7 Database design and use
Unit 3 Digital imaging
Unit 23 Creating Video
Unit 21 Creating Graphics
Unit 13 ICT systems and user needs

Assessment is coursework based; the students will be required to produce at least two portfolios of work however this will increase to six for the full award.

ICT in Sixth Form
The department offer Applied ICT GCE within the 6th form. This requires students to demonstrate higher order ICT comprehension and skills within a variety of application software.

Unit 1 requires the students to produce professional documents for a specific business which incorporates numerous multimedia features and clear house style. There is also a requirement to produce a report which effectively evaluates six professional documents and a variety of methods of communication.

Unit 2 requires the student to investigate the use of ICT in an organisation. They receive a case study in advance of the exam which they will study carefully. Before the examination they will be required to produce three pieces of coursework set by the exam board. In the examination they will be required to answer questions about the organisation and about ICT in theory in line with the specification.

Unit 3 requires the students to use their research skills to identify data to answer the question set.

Has broadband usage increased in the last 5 year? and if so how and why?
They must then analyse the data collected to produce further data in the form of a spreadsheet which must include macros and complex formula and use logical indicators to identify data which can be combined in the form of a professional report. Finally they must consider the implications of internet access on society.

Unit 14 will require the students to identify suitable data that can be used to create a website for a specific audience. The multi page website must be professional have a clear house style and navigation plan and include a variety of multimedia features.

Unit 9 is set by the examination board and is set externally each year. The focus of the unit is on the independent management of a project including the examinations of current working practices, management planning tools, along with a detailed diary of the issues and steps involved and finally an evaluation of the skills, project management and product produced.

Unit 11 is taught alongside Unit 9. The students must evaluate professional multimedia products and then create one of their own which fulfils the brief set by the examination board. The product must include various multimedia features including video and sound and demonstrate the use of a clear house style.

The ICT Department are:
Mr B Prior - Head of Faculty - Business & ICT
Mrs R Murray