Senior • Computing

Information and Computer Technology

Key Stage 3

Students will learn the following in KS3:

  • Introduction to the school network & rules of ICT
  • Visual programming & computational thinking
  • Computer hardware & how computers work
  • Binary
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • BBC Microbit
  • Microsoft Office skills and tools
  • HTML and web development
  • Algorithms
  • Data representation
  • Programming techniques and project

Main skills that will be developed:

  • Pupils will learn the principles of information and computation; how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
  • Pupils will develop an understanding and the ability to apply the principles and concepts of computer science including computer systems, logic and algorithms.
  • They will develop their practical skills in programming and will be given repeated opportunities to write computer programs to solve problems.
  • We aim to develop pupils’ digital literacy so that they can use, express and develop their ideas through information and communication technology.
  • Pupils will develop their ability to analyse problems in computational terms and have practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems.
  • Pupils will learn about, discuss and evaluate both new and unfamiliar technologies to become responsible, confident and creative users of Computer Science and related technologies.
  • They will also look at the components that make up digital systems and develop an understanding of the impacts of digital technology to individuals and to wider society.

Assessment

Assessment of pupils’ understanding and progress could take different forms depending on the unit. In the main formative assessment of pupils takes place during lessons as they build up a product and develop their understanding of the topic. Pupils will then take a summative assessment at the end of each unit. Both will be used to assess pupil’s overall progress.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE IT

Students opting for ICT in year 10 and 11 will follow the new…

AQA Technical Award in IT

This qualification is for learners aged 14-16 who wish to study IT, rather than Computer Science, in a context that allows them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector. The course will prepare learners for further study and careers in IT by introducing them to three key occupational areas enabling them to develop the skills required to progress into these sectors.

This IT Technical Award is a vocationally–related GCSE–equivalent qualification and is designed to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding through the application of knowledge in a work-related context.

Learners will gain a broad range of practical skills in IT that will be of use for further study and in their career; they will choose to develop skills in two of the three occupational areas. They will then explore one of these occupational areas in more detail and focus on the system life cycle to design, create, test and evaluate a solution to an IT problem.

This will be underpinned with fundamental knowledge and understanding of IT including:

  • IT systems
  • hardware
  • software
  • networks
  • securing IT systems
  • emerging technologies

Learners will achieve a qualification that is relevant to the needs of industry, places them in a sound position for progression to further study and equips them with relevant employability skills.