Information and Computing

During KS3 Information Computing lessons pupils are taught how to use and operate computers effectively, not only as a discrete subject but also as a tool in other subjects and as preparation for the use of computers in future careers.

Pupils will:

  • Explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society.
  • Learn about current and emerging technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts;
  • Develop an awareness of risks that are inherent in using IC and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
  • Work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective IC solutions in a range of contexts.
  • Understand how computers operate and connect.
  • Understand the value of data, how it is used and how to keep it secure.
  • Practice computational thinking.
  • Learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of IC and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

GCSE ICT (Finishing 2018)

All pupils will follow the EDEXCEL GCSE ICT course. This is a challenging course with a flexible structure that keeps pupils motivated and engaged, placing emphasis on the application of practical skills.

Pupils will complete two units of work:

Unit 1: Living in a digital world

Pupils will learn about current and emerging technologies and how they impact our lives, e.g. e-safety, social networking and online shopping. This is an externally assessed examination taken at the end of Year 11 and is worth 40% of the course.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Pupils will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce an effective ICT solution for a given scenario. This is a 40 hour controlled assessment taken in Year 10 and is worth 60% of the marks.

OCR Information Technologies (Vocational - Cambridge Nationals Level 2)

This qualification will teach pupils what different technologies could be used, why they should use them and how to make best use of them, to gather, store, manipulate and present data; this is known as data management. They will learn about tools and techniques for use in different digital hardware and how these can be integrated to create digital solutions to manage and communicate data and information. They will also be taught what data and information are and the legal, ethical and moral considerations when using technology to gather, store and present data and information, and how to mitigate the risks of cyber-attacks. Through this qualification they will be able to select and use the most appropriate technology safely and effectively, to complete a data management task, such as a cable TV provider monitoring customers’ viewing to make recommendations for additional packages in the customer’s subscription. They will also learn to follow a project life cycle of initiation, planning, execution and evaluation to complete a data management task and use their skills, knowledge and understanding of technology to complete each of the phases of the project life cycle.

The skills, knowledge and understanding they will develop through this qualification are very relevant to both work and further study. They will support them in a range of subject areas such as A Levels in Business or Geography, or Cambridge Technicals in IT. They can also support their progression into employment through Apprenticeships in areas such as Digital Marketer or Business Administrator.

Pupils are assessed through a 1 hour 45 minute exam and a 20 hour Non Exam Assessment.

Additional Information

The department consists of 3 subject specialists who have a strong interest in new and emerging technologies and how IC can have a positive impact on student’s lives whatever career path they choose.

There are 4 dedicated IC suites each equipped with up to date hardware and industry standard software. IC suites are available for booking for use in other subjects, in addition to this there are 3 class sets of laptops.  The wide availability of technology means that all subjects make use of the facilities, allowing pupils to put into practice their IC skills, enhance the presentation of work in different subjects, increase knowledge and understanding and appreciate how IC is an essential and lifelong skill.

ICT Learning Schemes

IC Learning Scheme Year 11

IC Learning Scheme Year 10

IC Learning Scheme Year 9

IC Learning Schemes Years 7 and 8