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ICT


Head of faculty – Mr Parker (jparker@nationalce-ac.org.uk)

 

KS3

During year 7 we explore the following topics:

  • Internet communication and e-safety
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Digital music editing software Audacity
  • Modelling and presenting numeric date
  • The apprentice project
  • Data handling
  • Information, reliability, validity and bias

During year 8 we explore the following topics:

  • Website design and website creation
  • Modelling and presenting numeric data
  • Graphics
  • Digital video editing software
  • Game design
  • Desktop publishing
  • Animation

During year 9 we explore the following topics:

  • e-safety
  • Network
  • Python
  • Understanding computer
  • Database development
KS4

KS4
Students who take ICT will follow the Edexcel GCSE in ICT. They will learn about current and emerging digital technology and its impact on our lives, working with a range of tools and techniques and exploring interactive digital products such as websites, computer games and databases.

Over the 2 year students will complete 2 units of work. At the end of year 11 students will sit and external examination lasting 1 1/2 hours. This makes up 40% of the GCSE with controlled assessment making up the rest. The units covered are:

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 awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2 – Using digital tools
The unit is internally assessed under controlled conditions.  Students must complete a controlled assessment task provided by Edexcel.  Students must complete the task within 40 hours.  Marking of the task is carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.  The total number of marks available for the controlled assessment task is 80

 

 

 

KS5

Year 12
The Cambridge Technicals in IT have been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector, and prepare your students for the challenges they’ll face in Higher Education or employment. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Cambridge Technicals in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand.

Your students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

These qualifications aims to develop your students’ knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. Your students will gain an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale and the importance of legal and security considerations.

Your students will also develop professional, personal and social skills through interaction with peers, stakeholders and clients, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. These support the transferable skills required by universities and employers such as communication, problem solving, time management, research and analytical skills.

ICT in Year 13

Students are now in the second year of a 2 year course. They are working towards the OCR Cambridge technicals award. All students have to complete 3 units this year:

  • Unit 10 – Creating a computer game
  • Unit 17 – Interactive media authoring
  • Unit 27 – Digital images