ICT and Computing

Head of Department: Shazul Ahmed

  • Athaur Kadir
  • Heeten Patel

Computing and ICT are part of just about everything that touches our lives from the cars we drive, to the movies we watch, to the games we play. Understanding computing is part of the necessary skill set for the future.

Whether you want to be a scientist, develop the latest killer application, studying computing and ICT will provide you with valuable knowledge.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

  • E-Safety
  • Games programming
  • HTML and Website development
  • Python Programming
  • Spreadsheet modelling
  • Graphics – Flash/Photoshop
  • Computer Hardware

Pupils will study these topics in Year 8. This will give them an opportunity to develop their ICT skills by carrying out tasks using various software packages. These units will equip pupils for KS4 study across a range of subjects including ICT and Computing.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

NON EXAM

  • Pupils will study a range of practical and theory topics that will support development of their skills and knowledge. The theory content will include computer science units and practical will involve learning how to program using Python. Pupils will also design and create games using Kodu and also develop their graphic and web authoring skills using Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

GCSE Computer Science

This carefully planned course is relevant to the modern and changing world of computer science giving students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. The course will further develop pupil’s problem solving skills with opportunity to designs systems too.

  • Component 01 – Computer Systems looks at Systems architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and wireless networks, Network topologies, protocols and layers, System security, Systems software and Moral, legal, cultural and environmental concerns. 
  • Component 02 – Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming involves writing, correcting and improving algorithms.
  • Component 03 – Programming Project including a range of exciting and engaging tasks to complete.

 

Cambridge National Level 2 Certificate in Information Technologies

The collection and communication of data and storing of data/information happens all around us. Technology underpins how it’s collected and communicated nearly all of the time. It can be seen in all walks of life, from a wearable fitness tracker recording how many steps you have taken, your mobile phone provider recording your usage to create your bill or an online retailer being able to target you with specific promotions based on your purchase history. Knowing how and why data is gathered and being able to turn raw data into something meaningful is essential.

Unit 1 Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions

  • Understand the tools and techniques that can be used to initiate and plan solutions
  • Understand how data and information can be collected, stored and used
  • Understand the factors to be considered when collecting and processing data and storing data/information
  • Understand the different methods of processing data and presenting information.

Unit 2 Developing technological solutions

  • To be able to initiate and plan a solution to meet an identified need
  • To be able to import and manipulate data to develop a solution to meet an identified need
  • To be able to select and present information in the development of the solution to meet an identified need
  • To be able to iteratively review and evaluate the development of the solution.

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology

Pupils study creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside the relationship between hardware and software and managing and communicating information and data across three mandatory units and one optional:

  • Information Technology Systems
  • Creating Systems to Manage Information
  • Using Social Media in Business
  • Data modelling or Website development (optional)

Other important things to know

  • Raspberry Pi programming club ran in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland
  • There are 4 ICT suites within the department
  • Course text books for KS4 and KS5 courses provided
  • Home Access to work and resources
  • Extensive ICT equipment available for student use