Autumn Term Overview
Aims of the Department
We aim to:
- Ensure that participating pupils have a broad and balanced computing and information technology curriculum;
- Ensure that pupils have a programme that allows them to demonstrate progress from Year 7 through to Year 11;
- Encourage students to gather, store, process and present information through activities in a range of contexts;
- Provide students with opportunities to analyse, design, implement and document information technology systems for use by others;
- Encourage students to develop an understanding of the wider applications and effects of information technology;
- Encourage students to solve problems through the use of information systems and associated principles and techniques;
- Provide students with a broad and balanced view of the range of applications and information systems and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations.
KS3 students follow the National Curriculum for Computing. They receive two lessons per week in Years 7 and 8.
KS4 students are provided with the opportunity to undertake Edexcel’s Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA) course. The Pearson 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. Our aim is to encourage learners to consider pursuing education, training and career paths which will contribute to the nation’s economic wellbeing, while achieving job satisfaction and reward.
This qualification provides a broad and solid foundation for further study of various aspects of creative computing, such as graphic design, web design, computer games design and interactive media.
It supports progress to further study, including:
- GCE in Media: Communication and Production
- Level 3 BTECs in Creative Media Production
- Level 3 BTECs in IT
- Level 3 Principal Learning in Creative and Media.
It also enhances young people’s overall digital literacy and gives them a solid foundation for further study and employment.
Career Opportunities in ICT
Students can continue the study of ICT onto a level 3 qualification, which qualifies as entry to university if they choose to go on to higher education and study a related degree course. If further education is not the preferred option, there many jobs where this qualification can be applied:
- Web Design
- Call centre
- ICT technician
- Games design
- Secretarial and clerical
Scheme of Work