Years 7 and 8
Students undertake a cross curricular ICT approach at KS3. The lessons are combined with core and foundation subjects with ICT as the underlying tool, used to enhance the learning. The purpose of “Project” is to focus on the following:
- The development of project-based learning skills
- The further development of ICT skills
- The further development of literacy skills
- Planning and self-organization
- Collaboration skills
- Understanding of real world issues
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Written and oral communication skills
Students study the Cambridge Nationals in ICT from year 9. These qualifications have replaced the older OCR Nationals in ICT.
There are two Mandatory units:
Unit 1 – Understanding computer systems – Exam – On completion of this unit, students will have gained the knowledge and understanding to use computers more effectively in a variety of different contexts including home, school and the workplace.
Unit 2 – Using ICT to create business solutions – Coursework – This unit will enable students to develop ICT skills that would equip them to operate effectively in a business environment.
Assessment: 25% exam (Unit 1) 75% coursework
Years 10 and 11
Students in Years 10 and 11 are working towards an OCR National qualification in ICT. The First Award in ICT is equivalent to two GCSEs. The first part of the course covers a range of ICT skills required for business which is mandatory. The units chosen for the remainder of the course are media-focused and involve the students creating graphics, video and sound.
Each unit is broken down into different Assessment Objectives. These are marked individually at a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. The Assessment Objectives are combined to give an overall grade for each unit.
Years 12 and 13
The course is valuable in a general understanding of the new digital world around us, and offers an excellent qualification for students wishing to take a range of different subjects at degree level – for example, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Engineering. The content is designed to address issues associated with the management of ICT and its use within organisations The four Units studied are:
- Unit 1 – INFO1- 1 hour and 30 minutes Written examination. 80 marks (25% of full A Level)
- Unit 2 – INFO2- 1 hour and 30 minutes Written examination. 80 marks (25% of full A Level)
- Unit 3 – INFO3- The Use of ICT in The Digital World
- Unit 4 – INFO4- Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in The Digital World