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ICT and Computing - Subject Guide

Introduction

The ICT and Computing Department bridges the gap in IT knowledge from primary school to the real world. It offers Key Stage 3, GCSEs, A Levels, and BTECs in both ICT and Computer Science. IT is also deeply embedded throughout the school with many subjects using IT to teach their relevant courses.

Aims

  • To develop an interest and understanding of how IT is used in many different aspects of life.
  • To have a secure knowledge of how computers work.
  • To be able to select the correct software for a purpose and use that software for a selected task

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, all students receive one hour a week and are taught in their Maths groups.

Topics covered include:

  • E-Safety
  • Programming
  • Sound Editing
  • Spreadsheets
  • History of Computing
  • Databases
  • Cryptography
  • Web Authoring
  • Graphics
  • 3D Design
  • Animation

Key Stage 4

GCSE Computer Science

This course offers students an insight into how a computer actually operates. The exam board is Eduqas.

GCSE Computer Science Specification

GCSE Information Communication Technology

This course gives an in-depth look at how computers are used in the real world. It is no longer available for students starting their GCSEs in Year 10. The exam board is WJEC.

GCSE ICT Specification

Certificate in Digital Applications (CIDA)

This course is equivalent to one GCSE. It is a direct replacement for the ICT GCSE and offers students a more vocational path in IT. The exam board is Pearson.

BTEC Information and Creative Technology Specification

Key Stage 5

A-Level Computer Science

This course is a continuation of the GCSE. The theory side cover many aspects of hardware and software while the coursework part involves many programming languages and techniques covering SQL, HTML, Assembly, Haskell and Python. The exam board is AQA.

A-Level Computer Science Specification

A-Level Information Communication Technology

This course is no longer running for new students in Year 12.

This is a continuation of the GCSE. The theory side looks at how IT systems are implemented and the affect they have on various business. The coursework side allows the students to develop an IT system that could be used in a business situation. The exam board is AQA.

A-Level ICT Specification

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Computing for Creative Industries

This new course has replaced A-Level ICT and is equivalent to 2 A-Levels. It follows the vocational route with students using different software to develop solutions to scenarios set by their teachers and businesses from the local area. The exam board is Pearson.

BTEC Computing for Creative Industries Specification

Resources

The ICT and Computing Department has three new purpose-built rooms, on the top floor of the new building on the Beechdale site. All three rooms have 30 student workstations which have a range of software installed. The teacher’s computer is also linked a touchscreen interactive board.

Successes

The department has strong links with local business and has recently worked with a local university. These connections have helped with work experience placements and some of our students have gone on to apprenticeship schemes with these companies.