Our Vision for Computer Science in the Academies Curriculum
Our vision for ICT is to develop e-confident students and staff, who can confidently access information anywhere, anytime through the Academies VLE in a safe and responsible way.
Our vision is to ensure that ICT pervades all aspects of students’ lives, in a structured way, knowing when and where to best use ICT and whether it is for education or leisure.
ICT has its place in today’s society and is beneficial in giving a critical advantage in areas of research and business, creating solutions to many problems and enhancing the presentation of information.
Our vision is to use flexible teaching strategies that deliver skills to students so they can adapt and choose different software packages that are the most suitable to produce solutions for any given situation.
We aim to ensure that all students are Digitally Literate and are aware of current and emerging technologies and know how to use social networking responsibly.
Students also need to be aware of what Technology is available in the world and it is our aim to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that will allow students to prosper.
We understand that there is an increasing need and desire to have a technical understanding of how computers work and this is being addressed through the teaching of Computer Science at KS3.
Our vision as the ICT Department is to ensure that every student is fully supported to achieve their full potential through the use of ICT. To achieve this we ensure that each student’s learning experience is tailored to their needs through a variety of curriculum pathways.
The future is ever changing in Information Technology and Computing and we aim to cater for the needs of students in offering both academic (GCSE ICT) and vocational qualifications (ECDL).
GCSE course offered
GCSE ICT contains 2 units.
Unit 1 is a 90 minute written paper taken at the end of Year 11. It is worth 40% of the total qualification grade.
Unit 2 is Controlled Assessment where students have 40hours to complete a given project brief (CAB).
Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and well-being, on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.
Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1.
Where can additional information about the curriculum be found?
Edexcel GCSE ICT website – http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/ict/Pages/default.aspx
Lesson and revision materials are available to students on the VLE.