Welcome to ICT and Computing

ICT is a vibrant and visionary subject area that offers a variety of courses to personalise learning and maximise the opportunities for our students to achieve their full potential. We are well equipped and resourced with seven dedicated IT suites containing modern PC computer hardware and software. We are currently using the latest Microsoft and Adobe packages allowing students to keep up-to-date. Our staff are dedicated and keen to explore student’s full potential.

In recent times more emphasis has been placed on Computing. Our courses provide students with an in depth understanding of how computer technology works. Offering an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ including computer programming.

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Miss C Baxter

Teacher of ICT c.baxter@adwick.outwood.com

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Mr D Stevenson-Trippitt

Teacher of ICT d.stevenson-trippitt@adwick.outwood.com

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Mr J Smith

Head of Department j.smith@adwick.outwood.com

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Mr N Houlton

Teacher of ICT n.houlton@adwick.outwood.com

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Overview of Key Stage 3

Within Key Stage 3 students study a range of programmes in preparation for them choosing either ICT or Computing as their option subject. It is important to recognise that this is crucial stage of student’s learning, one which can allow for firm foundations going into Key Stage 4. Students at the end of Year 8 will achieve the following:

  • improved self-awareness and personal responsibility
  • developed the ability to work with other people and to contribute to the success of a team
  • improved the ability to solve problems and meet new challenges
  • increased motivation and appetite for learning, and raise aspirations
  • learnt a range of software skills, whilst possessing the ability to apply these to set scenarios
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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department.

Overview of Key Stage 4

Course: BTEC Information Creative Technology (NEWSEPT 2017)

Exam Board: EdExcel

Exam: 25%
2 Controlled assessments: 75%

Within Key Stage 4 students are taught a range of skills and knowledge in preparation for their final exam. Students will use programs such as Word, Excel and Access whilst more complex skills in Adobe Photoshop and Flash are also learnt.

The Controlled Assessments assess student’s understanding of the programmes whilst also giving them a real world challenging topic. It is up to the student to independently apply their skills and what they have learnt in their previous ICT lessons in completing the assessment. Internally assessed under controlled conditions students have up to 90 hours to complete the controlled assessments. The marking of the tasks are carried out by teachers and moderated by Edexcel against set assessment criteria.

With regards to the exam students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Current and emerging technologies are explored with students developing an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department.

Course: GCSE Computer Science (9-1)

Exam Board: OCR

Exam 1: 40%
Exam 2: 40%
Controlled assessment: 20%

Within the GCSE Computer course students complete two examinations. Both have an equal weighting of 40% whilst each contains its own challenges for the students. Both examinations tests the understanding and design skills of the individual students whilst also looking at whether or not they can understand specific algorithms.

Within the controlled assessment element of the course students must create a fully working program themselves without any teacher intervention. This is practical test on whether they can code using the knowledge they have learnt in class.

Through this qualification students can

  • Develop their understanding of the current and emerging technologies
  • Look at the use of algorithms in computer programs
  • Become and independent and discerning user of IT
  • Apply their creative and technical skills to develop computer programs to solve problems

Overview of Key Stage 5

Currently within Key Stage 5 we offer both the traditional AS/A-Level Computer Science and ICT courses. From Sept 2017, due to government changes, the ICT course will be changing to the BTEC equivalent Cambridge Technical IT course..

In all courses students are shown how IT relates to their everyday life with them studying a range of programs and theories. They are tested and challenged on their ability to both communicate and problem solve.

Course: AS/A-Level ICT (Year 13 only, expiring 2017)

Exam Board: OCR

Exam: 60%
Coursework: 40%

Students are expected to develop:

  • a capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • skills to work collaboratively;
  • the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
  • an understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT;
  • an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department

Course: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT (NEWSEPT 2017)

Exam Board: OCR

Exam: 60%
Coursework: 40%

This qualification is designed for those who want to continue their education through applied learning by developing their knowledge and understanding of the principles of IT and global information systems. Achievement of this qualification can support progression to go on and study relevant IT degrees in a Higher Education institution such as, Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems.

There are no formal entry requirements or requirement for any specific prior learning, although a good level of literacy and numeracy skills is expected.

Students take five units to achieve this qualification. There are three mandatory units that are externally assessed. These are the Fundamentals of IT, Global information and Cyber security. The first two mandatory units provide students with an insight into the IT sector as they investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, the flow of information on a global scale and important legal and security considerations. The third mandatory unit reflects an important development in the sector around information security and requires students to consider how data should be protected and the response of the IT sector to emerging threats such as cyber terrorism.

Students must then take two of the four optional units that are centre-assessed and moderated by OCR. The optional units include Project management, Product development, Systems analysis and design and the Internet of Everything. All units assist in the development of transferrable skills such as communication and problem solving. The optional units encourage the development of time management, research and analytical skills as well as emphasising the need for good written and verbal communication skills.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department

  • This course is equivalent to a full A-Level carrying the same UCAS points. It is recommended that university course entry requirements are checked prior to choosing this course.

Course: AS / A-Level Computer Science

Exam Board: OCR

This course is being run for the first time this year and is one of the new A levels being brought in.

Year 1 – AS Level – The AS level is 100% examination, with two 1 hour 15 minute papers being sat at the end of the first year.

  • Paper 1 – Computer Systems – Focuses on characteristics of processors, software development, exchanging data and data structures.
  • Paper 2 – Algorithms and programming – focuses on problem solving and programming, algorithms and computational thinking

Year 2 – A Level – For the new specification A levels, should a student continue onto A2 the exams they sit at AS will not count towards their final grade. The A2 level has two 2 hour 30 minute papers worth 80% of the course and a non-exam assessment Programming Project worth 20% of the final grade. The two exam papers follow the same principles as the AS course but in greater depth. With the Programming Project students will have to analysis, design and develop a solution to a problem.

Overall this course is designed to be relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. It has a heavy focus on the following:

  • Programming, building on GCSE Computing and emphasising the importance of computational thinking as a discipline.
  • Advanced mathematical skills which is embedded within the course.
  • Computational thinking which helps students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
  • A clear progression into higher education, as the course was designed after consultation with members of BCS, CAS and top universities.

This a very demanding course and we recommend those considering it contact: Mr J Smith, Head of Department

SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

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Enrichment opportunities in ICT

Currently the department offers the following enrichment opportunities:

  • ICT and Computing Drop In sessions – All students are informed of timetabled drop in sessions for both ICT and Computing at the beginning of the year.
  • 121 sessions – For those that need it, specific 121 sessions are available during the year