ICT /Computing & Digital Literacy all combine to be a subject area that aims to develop students for the present and future jobs, especially new and emerging jobs with the quick rollover and development of technology and Computer Programming.
Students will study a varied curriculum that will challenge and develop self-confidence over the two years giving them the tools and skills to be able to then move on to be capable of taking Computing / ICT & Media Studies.
Key Stage 3
At key stage 3 students have 1 hour a week and study a wide range of topics to build skills and knowledge to lead forward towards GCSE
Students study a range of topics through the year including staying safe online and the ability to use email as an effective tool while developing a range of platforms to pass on the important message. Students look at uses of and develop their own spreadsheets; develop and learn effective photo editing; learn control and logic while developing their own game.
Students continue to develop their skills from year seven building upon skills they have as well as developing new skills, these include; developing an understanding of inputs, loops, variables while developing their own Micro:bit code; develop an understanding of computer theory; grasp the skills to make effective video editing; develop and build skills in coding looking at what code can do, recalling and using functions, developing programs to solve set solutions.
Key Stage 4 GCSE
In Year 9 students will develop skills of defining requirements of solutions, looking at developing skills in presenting programming, looking at developing code, alongside developing theoretical knowledge within systems, architecture, memory storage, wired and wireless networks, network topology, system security software and ethical and legal concerns.
In Year 10 students will also be developing skills in defining requirements of solutions to program looking at developing theoretical knowledge within systems architecture; memory; storage; wired and wireless networks; looking at the range of topologies and protocols that support the different layers; security and system software; the legal impacts and ethical concerns; looking at algorithms and computational Logic and data representation.
In Year 11 students will develop their programming project using their analytical and methodical approach to the design of and development of programming code including ongoing testing and evaluations. They will also revise their theory covered in Years 9/10 and enhance this with further theory on data representation algorithms translators and facilitators of languages and revision of all examined content.
The course is examined in two 90 minute non-calculator exams alongside a 20 hour coursework practical developing solutions in Year 11 utilising all their skills gained during Year 9/10.
During the year there will be opportunity to visit local universities to see robotics in action and the next generation of lifelike robots. The Vocational Faculty operate an open door policy for GCSE and A-level students and support extended learning and practical development of projects and revision during lunchtimes and after school sessions.
Facilities and Resources
Students will have access to up-to-date computers with SSD hard drives for improved speed and reliance as well as a range of relevant programs.