IT

"Technology like art is a soaring exercise of the human imagination"

Daniel Bell

Vision

The aim for the ICT and Computer Science Faculty is to develop, over time, an environment that ensures students become digitally literate – developing ideas through information and communication technology so they can access employment, further education, and participate responsibly in the digital world.We aspire to stimulate and motivate learners in understanding Computational Thinking, ICT Skills, promote creativity, learn programming basics and use this knowledge and skills to create digital content and systems.Students will understand the global concept of Computer Science and ICT and that employment and working globally through remote provision is the new normal.

Curriculum Intent

KS3 - The aim for the ICT and Computer Science Faculty is to develop, over time, an awareness of their digital footprint and that Computer Science is used in all aspects of business and e-commerce. Students will learn awareness of e-safety and understand the social impact of the misuse of technology and recognise the need to act responsibly on Social Media platforms.They will also learn the many benefits of technology of how it can help us to communicate and work remotely in a positive way. We will ensure that each student is digitally equipped for the outside world. The KS3 Computer Science Curriculum’s coverage allows all students to understand the fundamentals of both Computer Science and ICT and its application to wider society. This means that students will acquire the relevant skills and theoretical knowledge to work practically and make reasoned decisions of how to apply ICT correctly.Introduction to Office 365, Software Applications, Teams and Show My Homework enables students to interact and work remotely through accessing this software on many different devices. ICT coursework is linked to both real life and employment scenarios.

KS4 – The pathway from the KS3 Curriculum allows students to use skills and knowledge already acquired to fulfil many aspects of the KS4 Curriculum requirements. The faculty offers two pathways that will utilize skills gained to ensure that each student can progress to either employment or further education. The two strands followed are BTEC Digital IT and OCR Computer Science. Some students have the opportunity of studying both. The BTEC Digital IT qualification is mainly coursework based and offers a hands-on approach in linking both theoretical and practical elements.ICT is offered as a vocational strand that will be closely linked to the many employment opportunities offered through ICT.Computer Science looks at the theoretical concepts of how computers work and continues the programming concepts previously learned. A Cyber Security competition is offered as an extracurricular challenge.Office 365, other various software applications, Teams and Show My Homework enables students to interact and work remotely. All work is linked to employment through skills and coursework scenarios.

KS5 - Building on from the KS4 Curriculum, students will utilize skills and knowledge acquired in KS4 to fulfil some aspects of the curriculum in KS5. The faculty offers two pathways that will draw on experiences gained over the last two years in ensuring each student can progress to either employment or Higher education. Two strands are followed, one is CTEC IT and the other is BTEC Computing. All students have the opportunity of studying both as each course complements the other. Both subjects are offered in a vocational context and work in partnership with outside agencies to achieve realistic scenarios and both offer a minimum of 50% coursework.Both theoretical and practical elements are blended together to offer skills development and the acquisition of knowledge.A Cyber Security competition is offered as an extracurricular challenge where students battle with other schools to showcase their Cyber Security Knowledge. Students continue to use Office 365, various software applications, Teams and Show My Homework to enable them to interact and work remotely. All work is linked to employment and Higher Education through scenarios, skills, and opportunities.

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