Key Stage 3 Curriculum
In Key Stage 3 all students have ICT core skill lessons where they are taught new ICT skills and are given the opportunities to develop their ICT capability and be assessed as described in the Programmes of Study and QCA scheme of work.
Year 7 have one ICT 100 minute lesson over two weeks and cover use of the network facilities, Multimedia presentations, researching skills, graphics, desktop publishing and the use of spreadsheets for organising and presenting data in a variety of contexts.
Year 8 have one ICT 100 minute lesson over two weeks. This concentrates on using and creating databases, control technology, designing a website and extending the students knowledge of spreadsheets.
Year 9 have one ICT 100 minute lesson over two weeks in which they learn to develop and integrate their ICT skills with the use of financial spreadsheet modelling, customer databases, packaging design and promotional material in a small business project. This is followed by web site design.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
Our current Key Stage 4 students are working towards a single GCSE in ICT with the ICAA board.
The scheme of assessment for the Full course consists of Coursework Components (60%) and a terminal examination (40%). The Coursework Components are a coursework portfolio (40%), representing work related to the Study Areas;
- IT User (Foundation Level)
- IT User (Higher Level)
- Multimedia* - Presentation or Web Design
and an externally set timed practical task (20%) that will enable the student to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of ICT to solve a problem. The terminal examination comprises the IT Key Skills Test and a single question paper based upon an externally set context.
We follow the OCR AS ICT qualification
Over the 2 years students complete 4 modules of work. Theses are;
G061: Information, Systems and Applications:
- Topics covered in this unit include:
- Data, information, knowledge and processing
- Software and hardware components of an information system
- Characteristics of standard applications software and application areas
- Spreadsheet concepts
- Relational database concepts
- Applications software used for presentation and communication of data
- The role and impact of ICT - legal, moral and social issues
G062: Structured ICT Tasks
Coursework for this unit comprises of a number of structured tasks covering practical aspects of ICT. Each task may address up to three of the four skills within this unit (Design/Software development/Testing/Documentation)
G063: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications
- This module covers communications between computers and interactions between humans and computers.
- The convergence of communications technology and information technology and their impact on society, commerce and industry is an integral part of the module.
G064: ICT Project
- The project is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, allowing candidates to demonstrate their skills to
- analyse a problem,
- design a solution to a problem,
- develop a software solution and test,
- document and evaluate the solution