Welcome to the ICT Department

Information Communication Technology and Computer Science is delivered to students at KS4.

Facilities

The ICT Department has 6 ICT suites which are well equipped and air conditioned four of these are dedicated to ICT. We have up to date software including, Windows 10 and Adobe CS5 and have up to date PCs, colour and black and white printers, scanners, digital and video cameras, webcams, microphones and headphones.

Extra-Curricular activities

  • Drop-in sessions after school for homework help, answers to questions, and printing

Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)

The Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications has been designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing, for example digital graphics and animations, interactive multimedia products and computer games. The Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH) and comprises two units. It is graded at A*, A, B and C Equivalent in level and teaching time to one GCSE at grades A*-C.

Assessment

80% Coursework – controlled assessment - externally moderated.

20% Exam - practical exam

Mandatory unit 1: Developing Web Products

Optional Unit 2: Creative Multimedia

What Key Skills will I develop on the course?

  • Web design – how to design and build a website using industry practices and software
  • Multimedia – the purpose of multimedia products, their use. Design and build for a specific audience
  • Organisational skills – organising your own work for submission to exam board
  • Working in a team – Peer feedback when products are created to enable you to improve and better your grade.
  • Independent learning - Work on your own and motivate yourself to produce coursework to a high standard.

Computer Science (9-1)

Computer Science - how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed.

Pupils studying computing gain insight into computational systems of all kinds. It allows us to solve problems, design systems and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise and understand computer-based technology, and so are better equipped to function in modern society

Assessment

Paper 1 Written: Computer systems 1 hour 30 minutes

This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions. All questions are compulsory.

No calculators are permitted in this paper.

  • 80 marks
  • Externally assessed.
  • 40%

Paper 2 Written: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming 1 hour 30 minutes

This written paper contains short-answer and structured questions. All questions are compulsory.

  • No calculators are permitted in this paper.
  • 80 marks
  • Externally assessed.
  • 40%

NEA Assessment: Programming project 20 hours

  • 20 %

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