ICT and Computer Science
Key stage 3
At KS3 the IT and Computing department aims to embed skills and knowledge in a wide range of ICT and computing capabilities. We start in year 7 where we cover topics including understanding computers, e-safety, spreadsheets, programming and flowcharts, and making and editing short films. In year 8 & 9 we start to develop skills further from the base created in year 7 and have projects on spreadsheets, programming, sound editing, e-safety, websites, binary numbers, networking, photo editing and interactive media. With the aim to provide our students with the knowledge and skills they need for their future option choices, education and careers.
At lunchtimes CS club is held which enables students to get extra help with class and homework or work on projects to enhance and develop their knowledge in this subject area, Past projects have included a weather station, a school radar station and computer-based SDR radio.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 the IT and Computing department offers the GCSE option of a Cambridge National in Creative iMedia.
This course is ideal for students wishing to go into business, creative industries, computing, design and media-related careers. The computer skills learnt are applicable to nearly any career or future course of study where there is a requirement to apply the use of computers on a regular basis.
This qualification equips students with a wide range of knowledge and skills needed to work in the creative digital media sector. They start at pre-production and develop their skills through practical assignments as they create final multimedia products. The course consists of 4 units of work they are:
RO81 – Creating Preproduction documents – This unit will enable learners to understand pre-production skills used in the creative and digital media sector. It will develop their understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques that form part of the planning and creation process.
Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application.
This unit is assessed by a one-hour 15-minute examination in either the January of year 10 or June of year 11.
R082 – Preparing digital graphics
The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process. They will be learning to use photo editing (bitmap) as well as vector drawing software.
This unit is assessed by a controlled assessment coursework task that lasts 10 hours.
Further units of study
In addition to these two units of work, students study two units from the following selection in year 11. These units are all assessed by a 10 hour controlled assessment. The units the students will choose from include:
R085 Creating a multi-page website
R087 Creating interactive multimedia products
R088 Creating a digital Sound sequence
R092 Developing digital games
The course naturally leads into ICT/Business and Multimedia Cambridge Technicals and other Level 3 qualifications (including Advanced GCSE) in creative and media-related subjects.
Students who want to go on to higher study or who want a career in business/media/design will find this to be a useful qualification.