IT & Computing

Welcome

Welcome to the IT & Computing page. Here you will find out everything you need to know about our Faculty including what we teach and how we assess our pupils.


Aims & Objectives

The overall aim in the IT & Computing Faculty is to maximise each pupil's IT & Computing potential using a variety of industry standard software.  All pupils will study both Information Technology and Computer Science in KS3 and in KS4 Information Technology is a compulsory subject that all pupils undertake, Computer Science is an option where pupils will complete the OCR GCSE Computer Science course.


What are the aims of each area?

Information Technology - the development of the pupils' understanding of various industry standard software packages including spreadsheets, databases, word processing, desktop publishing, web design, animation and video, Voice Communication and their ability to integrate the various systems into large vocational project scenarios.

Computer Science - the development of the pupils' understanding of basic computing skills such as knowing how computers work and programming using Python.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7 & 8

What will our pupils study?

IT & Computing is delivered once a week by our specialist staff. Pupils follow an appropriate programme of study which builds on prior attainment at Key Stage 2. The Scheme of Work is well structured and written by the IT & Computing Faculty, incorporating the Computer Science National Curriculum and Information Technology skills.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Pupils undertake 10 units throughout KS3 and will be assessed at the end of each unit through an end of unit test.  In one unit per year pupils will develop a small project following the system life cycle, using skills learnt throughout the topics.

How have our KS3 pupils progressed so far?

Key Stage 3 Results - IT and Computing
Level 5 and above
2015
2016
2017

97%
93.1%
100%

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 & 11

What will our pupils study?

  • Generally pupils have one lesson a week compulsory, however if pupils take Computer Science as an option they have an additional three lessons.
  • In Year 9 and 10 pupils are developing skills following an Information Technology curriculum and where chosen following the OCR GCSE Computer Science course.
  • In Year 11 pupils study for the BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (QCF) or the OCR GCSE Computer Science.

Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 9 - 11 – Computer Science (Sept 2017)

Pupils will be completing the OCR GCSE in Computer Science and will be assessed through 1 piece of controlled coursework throughout the 3 years and 2 external exams at the end of Year 11.

Non-Exam Assessment - Practical Programming

  • Approximately 20 hours of controlled assessment (1 pieces of coursework).
  • 20% of the overall marks.
  • Internally assessed, externally moderated.
  • Different tasks will be provided by the exam board each year.
  • Pupils will be expected to follow a systematic approach to problem solving by the development of a computer program, along with the computer programming code itself which has been designed, written and tested by a pupil to solve a problem.
  • Pupils will produce an original report outlining this development.

Year 11  – Information Technology (Sept 2017)

Pupils will be completing the BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (QCF) and will be assessed through 4 external exams.

Year 10 – Information Technology (Sept 2017)

All pupils will be completing the BTEC First Level 2 Award for Information & Creative Technology will be assessed through coursework and online external assessment tests. The online assessment tests equate to 25% of the course and will include the following units:

  • The Online World (External Exam)
  • Creating a Digital Portfolio
  • Creating Digital Video
  • Spreadsheet Development

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Course

2015

2016

2017

Distinction* - Pass BTEC First Award

70.1%

88.9%

N/A

Distinction* - Pass BTEC First Certificate

91.7%

100.0%

N/A

ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills

N/A

N/A

100.0%

A* - C AQA GCSE Computer Science

N/A

N/A

92.9%


What can it lead to?

Upon successful completion of a BTEC First qualification or a Computer Science GCSE, learners may progress into employment within the IT/Computing industry and/or continue their study in the vocational area (e.g. AS/A level ICT, Computing or Computer Science, BTEC Nationals Level 3, dependent upon individual post-16 establishment entry requirements).

Upon successful completion of the BCS Level 2 ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills (QCF) pupils will have demonstrated the knowledge and skills to progress to further learning at level 3.  This qualification can count towards the entry requirements of a number of other academic and vocational further learning options.

As IT has become an integral part of learning, the ability to create professional documents, manipulate data and deliver high quality presentations is a vital skill that can be used in further learning and work placements.

IT skills are used a variety of job roles in all kinds of organisations including those in manufacturing, retail, education, hospitality, health and social care, business services, transport and public services.


Accommodation & Resources

The IT & Computing area enjoys 3 dedicated IT rooms which are regularly refurbished. All rooms are fitted with Interactive or Touch Screen Whiteboards and Drywipe marker boards. All of these rooms house 32 PCs for pupil use.

There is a Faculty shared IT drive - increasingly used to develop a bank of shared IT and Computing resources within the Faculty, together with Google Classroom and Foldr, where pupils and staff can access work and resources from home.

The IT & Computing faculty is supported across the school by a Network and Business Development Manager and his team.


Summary

Pupils achieve well in IT & Computing. The variety of software used and projects undertaken allows pupils to explore where their talents lie and transfer skills from one scenario to another. By the end of KS4 pupils are competent users of IT/Computing to enable them to transfer their skills, knowledge and understanding to situations beyond their immediate environment.

We offer a Computing Club ("OpenLab") lunch time session once a week which is available to all pupils. Pupils' achievements in these sessions are showcased at Open Evenings.