Miss L Anderson
Other areas of responsibility: Work-Related Learning and Enterprise Activities
Summary of Subject Content
All KS3 students follow the National Curriculum for Computer Science. They receive one lesson per week.
All KS4 students undertake the AQA Functional Skills Level 2 examination for ICT and have one lesson a week. Students are also able and encouraged to undertake the British Computer Society’s European Computer Driving Licence.
Students can choose to undertake AQA’s Information. Communication Technology AS and A2 examinations (2520).
AS comprises of two modules:
INFO 1 - Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World - which is a practical ICT project and a one and a half hour written examination focusing on developing an ICT solution for a real client.
INFO 2 - Living in the Digital World - which is a looks at the issues surrounding the use of ICT ion our everyday lives. This is examined through an one and a half hour written paper.
A2 consists of two modules.
INFO 3 - The Use of ICT in the Digital World - this module looks at how ICT systems are introduced, developed and the issues surround these important issues. This module is assessed through a two hour written paper which is based on a scenario provided by AQA.
INFO 4 - Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World - this is a major piece of coursework and builds on from the work done at AS. Students solve a real life ICT problem and work with a client to develop a solution.
Aims of the Department
At Key Stage 4
All students achieve at Functional Skills ICT Level 2 and the vast majority of these students go on to complete their ECDL Awards.
AS and A2
Last year (2013-14) all students achieved a C or above in this subject.
Career Opportunities in ICT
There is a vast array of career opportunities in this subject. Many of our students go on to study Computer Science at university or take a different career path by undertaking apprenticeships. In recent years this has involved one student was recruited by Barclays Bank onto their fast-track apprenticeship and sponsored degree programme whilst another student is now working for HSBC in their banking security section and was recently awarded employee of the year.
All students are encouraged to use the main ICT Room A1 as much as possible. Revision session take place after school, during weekends and during the school holidays.
Lower Sixth students new to the school are encouraged to undertake the ECDL award.
Lower Sixth ICT students are currently working with a trustee of Monument to the Women of World War II to develop a website and resources for this important national memorial.
Trips, special projects and extra-curricular activities
The ICT department has wide and varied links with both local and regional companies. These include The Wolseley Centre and IBM. The department undertakes visits to major universities including Newcastle, York and Teesside. This year students will be visiting Sky’s Career Laboratory in Middlesex and visiting The National Computing Museum at Bletchley Park.
Students manage and run the weekly Computer Programming Club
In the last school OFSTED inspection the ICT department was graded as ‘good with many outstanding features’.
Patrick Lindley in Lower Sixth: ‘ICT lessons have inspired me to pursue a career in game programming. Throughout my ICT lessons I am constantly analysing new technology and the implications it has on the whole of society’.
Matthew Ford in Lower Sixth: ‘ICT is becoming an increasingly important part of both everyday life and the professional environment and therefore having good ICT skills is essential for whatever career you choose to pursue’.