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.

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.

  • Information technology pupils in year 9 will study the new BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology.  Pupils in year 10 are studying OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia.  Pupils in year 11 are studying BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technologies.

  • Pupils who have opted to undertake Computer Science are completing the J276 OCR GCSE Computer Science course.


Curriculum Overview

How will our pupils be assessed?

Year 9-11: OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)

Pupils will be completing the OCR GCSE in Computer Science will be assessed through three key components.

  • Component 1: Computer Systems – 50% External Assessment
  • Component 2: Computational Thinking – 50% External Assessment
  • Component 3: Programming Project – Internally Assessed Assignment

Year 9: BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology

Pupils will be completing the BTEC Technical Award in Digital Information Technology will be assessed through three key components.

  • Exploring User Interface Designs – 30% Internally Assessed Assignment.
  • Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data – 30% Internally Assessed Assignment.
  • Effective Digital Working Practices – 40% External Assessment

Year 10: OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia

Pupils will be completing the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will be assessed through four key components.

  • R081: Pre-production skills – 25% External Assessment
  • R082: Creating Digital Graphics – 25% Internally Assessed Assignment
  • R085: Creating a Multipage Website – 25% Internally Assessed Assignment
  • R091: Designing a Game Concept – 25% Internally Assessed Assignment

Year 11: BTEC First Award in Information & Creative Technology

Pupils will be completing the BTEC First Award in Information & Creative Technology will be assessed through four key components.

  • Unit 1: The Online World – 25% External Assessment
  • Unit 3: Digital Portfolio – 25% Internally Assessed Assignment
  • Unit 6: Digital Graphics – 25% Internally Assessed Assignment
  • Unit 7: Digital Video – 25% Internally Assessed Assignment

How have our KS4 pupils progressed so far?

Course

2016

2017

2018

Distinction* - Pass BTEC First Award

89%

N/A

N/A

Distinction* - Pass BTEC First Certificate

100%

N/A

N/A

ECDL Certificate in IT Application Skills

N/A

100%

100%

A* - C AQA GCSE Computer Science

N/A

93%

N/A

OCR GCSE Computer Science (J276)


2018
4+ “standard” pass
100%
5+ “strong” pass
75%


What can it lead to?

Upon successful completion of an Information Technology Course 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).

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.