ICT  (Information, Communication and Technology)

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At Barlby the ICT Department aims to educate students to become enthusiastic, confident and independent computer users who are then able to use their skills in a real context, thus preparing them for ICT in the real world.

ICT is delivered by a committed, well qualified team of ICT professionals in four specialist ICT teaching rooms. The subject is always delivered with a 1:1 computer to child ratio.

KS3

We use a range of software throughout Key Stage 3 and we aim to ensure that our students are happy, confident users of ICT with an increased awareness of e-safety.  Our aim is that students will develop skills in various applications; have a good understanding of how ICT can help their work in other subjects and become increasingly independent users of ICT tools and information sources.

Our Key Stage 3 Programme of Study is delivered using a themed approach and real-world systems.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly

 

Graphics

 

Understanding Computers

 

Games Programming in Scratch

Computer Crime and Cyber Security

 

HTML & Website Development

 

Spreadsheet Modelling

 

Introduction to Python Programming

Database Development

 

Networks

 

Programming with Gamemaker

 

Python:  Next Steps

 

KS4

TLM Level 2 Certificate in IT User Skills in Open Systems and Enterprise (Core)

All students in Key Stage 4 follow the two year course in Open systems and Enterprise, this qualification has been designed with input from employers to ensure that the students are well prepared with the skills needed in the workplace to ensure that they become competent ICT users.  This course consists of five units of coursework and a final exam, the coursework units followed are:

  • Improving Productivity Using IT
  • IT Security for users
  • Database Software
  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Desktop Publishing Software

Students who successfully complete this course will leave with a GCSE equivalent at A* – C.

GCSE Computer Science (Option)

In addition to the core ICT qualification offered at Key Stage 4, students have the option of choosing the AQA GCSE in Computer Science.  This course is also run over two years and gets students working with real-world practical programming techniques that give them a good understanding of what makes technology work, moving them from being an end user of software applications to becoming a developer of computer software.

Students will learn to develop their software solutions using the coding language Python; this qualification is split into three components:

Component 1 – Paper 1 Computational Thinking and Problem Solving – is exam based

Component 2 – Paper 2 Written Assessment – is exam based

Component 3 – Non-Exam Assessment – is examined by controlled assessment

Component 1 – Paper 1 Computational Thinking and Problem Solving

Externally set examination paper set in practically based scenarios.  This component will include a range of types of question from multiple choice, short answer to longer answer, assessing a student’s practical problem solving and computational thinking skills:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes duration
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of the GCSE

Component 2 – Paper 2 Written Assessment

Externally set examination paper.  This component will include a range of types of question from multiple choice, short answer, longer answer and extended response, assessing a student’s theoretical knowledge:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes duration
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of the GCSE

Component 3 – Non-Exam Assessment

Students will complete one controlled assessment task set by the exam board, the controlled assessment is internally assessed and externally moderated.  Students will devlop a computer program along with the computer programming code itself which has been designed, written and tested by the student to solve a problem.  Students will produce an original report outlining this development:

  • 20 hours of work
  • 80 marks
  • 20% of the GCSE

Students who successfully complete this course will leave with one GCSE at A* – G.

Future careers from studying ICT or Computer Science include games developer, programmer, database administrator/manager, systems developer and IT consultant along with various other roles where basic ICT skills are required.