ICT and Computing
Information and Communications Technology is taught in classes at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9, age 11-13 years). The subject is an option subject at Key Stage 4 for GCSE (age 14-16 years) and at AS/A Level. We follow the AQA Exam Board Curriculum at all Key Stages.
Class sizes throughout the years are small which gives teachers and the opportunity to work closely with pupils, thereby maximising the pupil’s potential. At Key Stage 3, class sizes average about eighteen. At KS4 and in the AS/A Level option groups they are typically twelve and six respectively.
At Key Stage 3 pupils are taught how to effectively use applications packages such as Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Emails, Website development and programming through Python, Scratch and GameMaker. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils sit an external ‘Functional Skills’ exam with AQA at Levels 1 and 2. This gives the pupils a valuable ICT qualification even if they choose not to take the subject at GCSE or A Level.
At Key Stage 4 we currently offer an AQA GCSE course in ICT. The course comprises of 3 units which combine both theory and a practical component. Pupils are asked to create an ICT based solution which combines the use of a range of software. We are currently developing a Computing course and we will also be offering GCSE Computing in the near future.
At Key Stage 5 we currently offer an AQA A Level course. The course comprises of 2 units at AS and an additional 2 units at A2. Pupils are engaged in a series of task that involve theory as well as a major project where they need to create an ICT based solution for a real life problem.
The School recognises the importance of not only equipping students with ICT skills in preparation for the workforce but also exposing students to the higher level of programming skills. As such, the Department has now transitioned to teaching the new curriculum with a deeper focus on Computing (programming skills) across all key stages. At Key Stage 3, students are taught to program using GameMaker, Scratch and Python. At Key Stage 4 we will be offering a Computing GCSE Option from 2016 onwards.
The School is well equipped, with two specialist ICT rooms and a dedicated ICT Support Team.
To download the Programmes of Study for GCSE and A Level, please click on the pdf icons below.
|Mr J Bernardo MEd, BSc||Head of Department|
|Mr M Scott MA, BA||Teacher of ICT and Computing|