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ICT



At Key Stage 3 (years 7 – 9) students follow the programmes of study for ICT. They explore the ways ICT can be used to communicate, collaborate and share ideas with others and recognise that information must not be taken at face value but be analysed and evaluated to take account of its purpose and context. They use ICT to solve problems, model scenarios, identify patterns and predict outcomes and manipulate information and process large sets of data. They will explore how ICT has an impact on society and recognise the issues of risks, safety and responsibility of their use of ICT. They will learn to critically evaluate their work and the work of others to review and reflect on their use of ICT. This will allow them to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that is required for ICT courses in Key Stage 4.


Year 7

In year 7 pupils study the following topics:

  • An introduction to computer systems
  • An introduction to Modelling
  • Animation / E-Safety
  • Basic Programming
  • Data Handling

Each unit is studied across half a term. Assessment takes place throughout each unit and an overall level is awarded at the end of each unit.


Year 8

In year 8 pupils study the following topics:

  • Computer Systems
  • Modelling
  • Data Handling
  • Programming
  • Creating Animation

Each unit is studied across a half term. Assessment takes place throughout each unit and an overall level is awarded at the end of each unit.


Year 9

In year 9 pupils the skills which the pupils have acquired in years 7 and 8 are brought together into 3 extended projects which are studied one per term. Assessment takes place throughout each project and an end of project level is awarded. One project includes aspects of business studies to give students a ‘feel’ for this subject


Year 10


Pathway 1 & 2

The GCSE course gives students the opportunity to develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of living in a Digital World.

The course has two units – Unit 1 is an examined unit where students will sit a written exam. Unit 2 is coursework where students will produce digital products, putting into practise what they have learned in Unit 1.

They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts and they develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts.


Pathway 3

Students follow a Vocational ICT course. They will develop their knowledge skills and understanding of the use of ICT in various different scenarios. They will develop their use of ICT in preparation for further education or training. They have the opportunity to achieve Level 2 ITQ Extended Certificate in IT User Skills


Year 11


Pathway 1

The GCSE course gives students the opportunity to develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of living in a Digital World.

The course has two units – Unit 1 is an examined unit where students will sit a written exam. Unit 2 is coursework where students will produce digital products, putting into practise what they have learned in Unit 1.

They will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts and they develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts


Pathway 2 & 3

Students follow a Vocational ICT course developing their knowledge, skills and understanding in the use of ICT in business. They become confident in the use of digital media applications and they have the opportunity to achieve a National First Award (1 GCSE equivalent) or a National Award (2 GCSE equivalent).


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