ICT & Computing
ICT is used in every walk of life and is a core subject throughout the school including GCSE at key stage 4. In ICT pupils learn how to use programs and applications and put that knowledge in to practice in a business context. ICT projects usually involve analysing needs, making digital products and evaluating the work. Examples include learning how to use Office applications, multimedia products and website design.
In Computing, pupils learn how computers work and how to create simple programs. Computing involves a lot programming using various coding languages. Examples include; creating games, making simple applications and controlling the movement of an object on the screen or in real life. Pupils learn about computing throughout year 7, 8 and 9 and can opt to study computing in more depth for a GCSE in key stage 4.
Key Stage 3
Pupils learn to use the computers safely and responsibly, make a range of digital products, and learn how to use a range of programming languages.
Pupil learn more about the hazards of using computers and the internet, using computers for data handling and developing a further understanding of programming and computer graphics.
The main focus of learning is around computer programming, computer animation and web site development. We aim to help develop pupils’ understanding of skills that they will need in Key Stage 4 and to help them make informed option choices.
Key Stage 4
As ICT is so important in every walk of life, ICT is a core subject in Key Stage 4. All pupils study a GCSE course which leads them to develop a range of digital products in year 10. In year 11 pupils study for a theory exam which covers the everyday uses of ICT though the topics of mobile phones, online shopping and gaming. Computer Studies is an optional subject in key stage 4. Pupils learn how computers work and undertake coursework projects which develop their understanding of computer code.
Extra-curricular activities in ICT and Computing
Every pupil in year 10 has the opportunity to work with our partner computer company to develop their understanding of the work of the computer industry and open their eyes to work opportunities locally and nationally. We run after school clubs which enable pupils to develop more hands-on practical skills. Pupils have the opportunity to do extra GCSE work after school to achieve the highest grades.
Where ICT and Computing can take you
ICT and Computing can be used in many different careers. Every career from farming to music technology, from motor engineering to accountancy uses some element of ICT or Computing. We all use ICT in our daily lives to so no-one can claim that they will not need ICT when they leave school! There are also many specific roles specifically using ICT or computing skills
- Software engineers typically design and program operating systems, database systems, embedded systems and applications.
- Systems analysts investigate and analyse business problems and then design information systems that provide a feasible solution. The job needs a mix of business and technical knowledge, and a good understanding of people.
- Business analysts act as a go between, equally happy talking with technology people, business managers and end users. They identify opportunities for improvement to processes and business operations.
- Technical support personnel are the trouble-shooters of the IT world. Some technical support specialists work for hardware manufacturers and suppliers solving the problems of business customers or consumers. Others work for end-user companies supporting, monitoring and maintaining workplace technology and responding to users’ requests for help.
- Network engineers set up, administer, maintain and upgrade communication systems, local area networks and wide area networks for an organisation. Network engineers are also responsible for security, data storage and disaster recovery strategies.
- Technical consultants give advice to others about implementing IT systems.
- Technical sales sell hardware, whole systems or support services. Day to day, the job could involve phone calls, meetings, conferences and drafting proposals.
- Project managers organise people, time and resources to make sure information technology projects meet stated requirements and are completed on time and on budget. They may manage a whole project from start to finish or manage part of a larger ‘programme’.
- Web developers do everything to do with building websites and the structure that sits behind them. Web development is pretty technical and involves some hard core programming as well as the more creative side of designing the user interfaces.
- Software testers check software for functionality and making sure there are no bugs before the software is released to the customers.