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)
- 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)
- 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.
BTEC Digital Information Technology
The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:
· development of key skills that prove learners aptitude in digital information technology, such as project planning, designing and creating user interfaces, creating dashboards to present and interpret data
· process that underpins effective ways of working in digital information technology, such as project planning, the iterative design process, cyber security, virtual teams, legal and ethical codes of conduct
· attitudes that are considered most important in digital information technology, including personal management and communication
· knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector such as how different user interfaces meet user needs, how organisations collect and use data to make decisions, virtual workplaces, cyber security and legal and ethical issues.
Component 1 - Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques
Component 2 - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting
Component 3 - Effective Digital Working Practices
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 run 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