ICT

Overview

ICT is taught in a 3 specialist rooms in the main school by specialist ICT teachers. All pupils have individual computers and have access to the latest commercial software via the school network and can transfer work using the county ‘we-learn’ link. Remote access to the VLE is being rolled out to all year groups to allow access to files, resources and software on the school network.

KS3

All pupils have a 1 hour lesson each week throughout KS3 and in years 7, 8 and 9 complete a range of modules to extend their skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students have the opportunity to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Throughout KS3 students will experience a range of different software that includes, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and Serif Plus Suite. Students will also follow a range of Computer Science modules including programming in MSW Logo, Scratch and Python.

KS4

There are 2 courses offered in Key Stage 4

  • Computer Science
  • CIDA (certificate in Digital Applications

Computer Science

Why choose Computer Science?

  • Highly relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science.
  • Develop great thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, which can help in other GCSE’s
  • A superb stepping stone on to A levels and employment in the field of computer science.
  • Extremely highly valued

What will I study?

All about Computer Systems

How computers & networks are built

Security around the Internet

The Law and Computers

All about Programming

Writing great programs in Python

How to decompose problems

Thinking abstractly

How will my work be assessed?

Regular assessments will give you the chance to show your knowledge & understanding with clear assessments as you prepare full the full GCSE in Year 10 and 11.

Who would this course suit?

Anyone who want to learn about writing programs; about computers; about networks and the internet around us

How can I use this course after Year 11/ in the future?

A career in computing can be very intellectually rewarding.

So who makes a good computer scientist or practitioner?

  • Keeps up to date – computing is a fast moving field;
  • Someone who loves to learn
  • Is a good communicator;
  • Works well with numbers

Who do I speak to if want to know more? You should ask either

Mr. Peebles or Mr. Lutgens

CIDA

Why choose CIDA? (Certificate in Digital Applications)

  • Highly relevant to the modern and developing world of creative digital design
  • Designed to engage and enthuse students with an interest in digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games.
  • A superb stepping stone onto higher study and employment in the field of digital design
  • Designed to teach digital design skills to enable students to use digital tools to express their creativity in an informed and responsible way

YOU WILL COMPLETE A FOUNDATOIN YEAR COVERING THESE SKILLS

  • Creating & Developing Web Sites
  • Designing & Creating Multimedia
  • Products
  • Using Digital Tools to Create Artwork & Imaging
  • Creating Different Games using Game Maker

How will my work be assessed?

Regular assessments will give you the chance to show your knowledge & understanding with clear assessments as you prepare full the full GCSE in Year 10 and 11.

How can I use this course after Year 11/ in the future?

A career in digital design is exciting and very rewarding.

Who do I speak to if want to know more?

You should ask either Mr Powell or Mr Griffins