|ICT Department Staff |
| Mrs K Francis|| Team Leader|
| Mrs C Abbott|| |
| Mrs S Collins|| |
| Mr S Crivich|| |
| Miss M Davda|| |
Welcome to the ICT Department.
Increasingly, the ability to apply ICT skills is a requirement throughout academic studies and in the workplace. The department aims to ensure that all students can utilise ICT skills securely, creatively and independently to solve problems in real life.
ICT Delivery, Resources and Extra Curricular Activities
- KS3: All students have one 50 minute lesson per week in year 7, 8 and 9
- KS4: Students taking the GCSE Computing Course as an option have three 50 minute lessons per week. Students in Year 11 studying the ITQ course have one 50 minute lesson per week
- KS5: Students taking the AS/A2 ICT have 5 x 50 minute lessons per week in Year 12 and Year 13, as well as one supervised ‘independent study’ lesson
- All students at Coloma have a secure user account on the school network. This allows them to use E-mail and the Internet
- Pupils are able to securely access the school’s virtual learning environment (VLE) and its electronic resources from home
- There are opportunities for using the computers at lunchtime and after school.
Key Stage Three
In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow a broad-based ICT curriculum based on the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Strategy, covering the major types of software applications. Through this they acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of:
- The quality and reliability of information and how to access and combine increasing amounts of information;
- A range of increasingly complex tasks using a variety of ICT tools: word processing, spreadsheets, control and monitoring, databases, multimedia presentations, web development and programming;
- How ICT can help their work in other subjects, developing their ability to judge when and how to use ICT and where it has limitations;
- The application and use of ICT in the outside world.
These skills and understanding are acquired through four aspects of ICT study:
- Finding things out;
- Developing ideas and making things happen;
- Exchanging and sharing information;
- Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses
Key Stage 4
GCSE Computing - Specification OCR GCSE Syllabus Code J275
- How computer technology works and what goes on inside a computer: Hardware, software, memory, storage, representation of data, databases, computer communications and networks, including the internet.
- How to write program code: Algorithms, machine code, translators, integrated development environment, and other computing languages
- How to investigate a computing problem and design an effective and efficient technical solution
- Technical terminology and how to apply it e.g. CPU, Binary Logic, RAM, ROM, input and output devices, peripheral management, multitasking and security, ASCII and Unicode, character code and many others
How is progress be tested and examined?
- A451: Computer systems and programming – written examination 1.5 hours 40% of CSGE Qualification
- A452: A practical investigation into a topic chosen from options set by the Awarding Body – Controlled Assessment 20 hours in class time – 30% of GCSE Qualification
- A453: A Programming Project – Create a solution to a computing task set by the Awarding Body – Controlled Assessment 20 hours in class time – 30% of GCSE Qualification.
Progression- How will the study of ICT benefits my future education and career?
- Computing is a modern course which has real relevance for the modern world
- Everyone has some knowledge of computers but this course will give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and what goes on “behind the scenes”
- The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills which are beneficial in all areas of study and in employment
- Information technologies continue to have growing importance. This means there will be greater demand for professionals who are qualified in this area
- These courses provide an excellent stepping stone to A Level ICT or Computing and on to a degree in Computer Science for students who wish to specialise in this highly skilled field.
Key Stage 5
AS and A2 Information Communication Technology - Specification AQA Syllabus Code 2520
Course Content AS
Unit 1 – Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
- Practical use of ICT, identifying, designing, producing, testing, documenting and evaluating solutions
- Data entry, storage, output of information, use of software, current health and safety legislation
Unit 2 – Living in the Digital World
- ICT systems, their components, uses, users, safety and security, factors and consequences
- Data and information, data transfer, backup and recovery
Course Content A2
Unit 3 – The Use of ICT in the Digital World
- Developments in technology, information needs of organisations, ICT systems, management of ICT
- Developing ICT systems, introducing large ICT systems into organisations
- Training and supporting users of ICT systems
Unit 4 – Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World
- Practical issues involved in managing the use of ICT in organisations
- Investigating, analysing, defining requirements
- Selecting and using appropriate technologies, designing solutions, methods for testing and installation, documenting and evaluating
How is progress be tested and examined?
- Assessment for Units 1 and 2:- 1½ hour written paper, 50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A level marks
- Assessment for Unit 3 is a 2 hour written paper, 60% of total A2 marks, 30% of total A Level Marks
- For Unit 4, Candidates must produce a report based on a coursework task, 40% of total marks, 20% of total A Level marks
Progression- How will the study of ICT benefits future education and career?
- This A Level has the backing of a range of industries, higher education and the National Computing Centre.
- It will give students who wish to progress in to higher education or the world of work, a better understanding of how ICT is used in society and organisations and the implications of its use.
- The practical knowledge gained will be a valuable asset to any student wishing to study or embark on a career related to ICT or that uses ICT within the content of its syllabus.