ICT is taught in years 10, 11 and sixth form. Students follow the Cambridge iGCSE in years 10 and 11. In sixth form students study AQA A-Level IT. Both teachers are specialists; both have previously been examiners. The department is on a journey to move to Computer Science across all key stages by raising the profile of the subject.
The Department offers a number of enrichment activities to enhance pupils’ achievement and enjoyment of the subject.
- Computer Gaming Club – fortnightly. Open to years 7-10
- Film club – weekly. Open to all year groups. Opportunity to see films relating to Computer Science and Technology across a range of categories including e-safety and hacking, advanced technology and AI
Teachers also offer classes of support at lunchtimes and after school to help pupils with different assessments or general subject advice.
The department organises a number of trips throughout the year offering students the opportunity to understand how ICT is used and impacts upon the real world. Trips going out this year include Disneyland Paris for A Level students and the National Museum of Computing. Trips planned include Thorpe Park for year 10.
Subject Leader: Mr R Pitman (email@example.com)
Key Stage 4
Exam Board: CIE
The IGCSE ICT qualification is studied throughout Years 9 and 10 and examined in Year 11.
Students who study iGCSE Information Communications Technology will follow Cambridge International Examinations 0417 syllabus. This comprises:
- Modules 1- 8 examined as a theory written paper.
- Modules 9 – 16 examined as two practical papers.
- Types and components of computer systems
- Input and output devices
- Storage devices and media
- Networks and the effects of using them
- The effects of using IT
- ICT applications
- The systems life cycle
- Safety and security
- File management
- Graphs and charts
- Document production
- Data manipulation
- Data analysis
- Website authoring
Students recap and revise the topics examined and past paper examinations are undertaken. Three examination papers are sat at the end of the year.
Schemes of learning are available to students and parents through Sharepoint.
Key Stage 5
Exam Board AQA
Information Communication Technology can be studied at AS level in either Year 12 or Year 13. Students undertake the AQA ICT syllabus 1521, studying two modules.
- ‘Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World’, examined as a written paper with examples referenced from class projects
- ‘Living in the Digital World’ examined as a written paper
Students who undertake AS studies in Y12 can then convert to A2 studies in Year 13. Two further units are studied using the AQA ICT syllabus 2521:
- ‘The Use of ICT in the Digital World’, examined as written paper
- ‘Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World’, examined as coursework