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At Key Stage 3 Information Technology skills are actively taught within individual curriculum areas and during specialist ICT lessons. The aim is to provide pupils with skills and awareness of software that will support their GCSE subjects. The school's LAN provides an integrated system for teaching, studying and administration throughout the Junior and Senior Schools.

ICT and Computing is taught up to Year 9 and elements of the new computing curriculum introduce and develop understanding of topics such as programming languages, use of software and the components of computers. ICT can then be followed to GCSE and AS/A Level; we also offer Level 3 BTEC ICT.

Pupils have access to networked PCs in specialist computer suites, as well as the following provision:

  • A personal account which can access the student resources library
  • A school e-mail address
  • Access to specific ICT lessons on the network
  • Controlled access to the Internet for research purposes
  • Filtering software
  • Access to the school's remote desktop from home

There is a variety of software which pupils are able to use and begin to master, including Microsoft Office applications, Photoshop, Gimp, Muvizu, Sketchup 3D, Kaz, Scratch, Turtle Logo and Python language.

GCSE

Among the many benefits of continuing to study ICT, the specification followed is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • work co-operatively and manage projects;
  • develop personal learning and thinking skills;
  • provide quality ICT-based solutions to a range of problems;
  • develop an awareness of developments in technology.

IT BTEC

Level 3 will change as of September 2017.

The NCF BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in IT is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels and students study six units over two years: 40% examination, 60% coursework

The eight units of this course are spread over two years which allows students time to complete their coursework to the highest standard. 

Year 1

Unit

Assessment Method

1. Information Technology Systems

Externally assessed written examination

2. Creating Systems to Manage Information

Externally assessed written Task

3. Using Social Media in Business

 

Internally assessed assignment

Year 2

4. Programming

Internally assessed assignment

5. Data Modelling

 

Internally assessed assignment

6. Website Development

Internally assessed assignment

 There will be changes as of September 2017 for KS5 IT.