ICT Curriculum Intent

In the Computing and ICT department, it is our intent to develop pupils’ understanding of how computer systems workexplore how to use different systems creatively and responsibly and look at opportunities that could enhance pupils’ future job prospects. Through a varied curriculum, pupils are empowered to become more resilient, knowledgeable and effective problem solvers.  

Pupils are required to develop both their theoretical and practical understanding of computing and information technology: the intention is to explore various programming languages and applications, in order to complete a range of successful projects and have a more holistic experience of both ICT and Computing. 

The delivery of the computing curriculum will focus on the following strands 

  • Digital Literacy  
  • E-safety and Digital Citizenship 
  • Computational Thinking  
  • Coding and Algorithms 
  • Hardware and Software 
  • Digital Content Creation 
  • Data, Knowledge and Information 

Key Stage 4

Pupils opting for Computing and ICT will study the Edecxel Btec Tech Award in Digital Information Technology. Pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding across the key skills areas of: analysing, designing, reviewing and researching, in order to become increasingly familiar with a variety of software and methodologies. Topics include: designing and analysing user interfaces, creating and manipulating data structures, as well as investigating the use of modern technology  in  both the home the working environmentPupils will be encouraged use a variety of software to complete multi-disciplinary projects. 

https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/btec-tec-awards/information-technology/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/Spec-BTEC-L1-2TECHAWD-DIT.pdf  

Key Stage 3

For each endoftopic assessment, pupils will be given an assessment sheet that clearly shows the progress they have made, along with teacher feedback. Teacher feedback will be clearly linked to the tasks, skills, and knowledge in the units studied and will allow pupils to make progress in their learning and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.  

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4

For the two internally assessed components, pupils have 3 assignments to complete that focus on the learning objectives outlined in the programme of study. Students complete ‘mock assignments’ to help them prepare for the controlled assessments, as this must be completed on their own. The tasks are submitted electronically and can range from essays to large scale graphic projects. The final, externally-assessed unit is an exam.

Year 10  

Component 1 Design Principles

LA1:  Investigating User Interfaces report

LA2: Project Management and Specification

LS3: Designing User Interface.

Year 11 

Component 2 Collecting and Interpreting Data

LA1:  Presenting Information

LA2: Using Spreadsheets

LA3: Reviewing Spreadsheet Effectiveness

Component 3 Modern Technologies

External Exam

Component 2 Collecting and Interpreting Data

LA1:  Presenting Information

LA2: Using Spreadsheets

LA3: Reviewing Spreadsheet Effectiveness

Component 3 Modern Technologies

External Exam

IT qualifications provide pupils with excellent analytical and problem-solving skillsWhen it comes to potential careers, there are a plethora of opportunities because these skills are transferrable  

Career options could include: 

  • Web designer 
  • Systems analyst 
  • Computer games developer 
  • User experience developer 
  • Working in digital technology (a rapidly expanding industry) 

 

People who study ICT and computing could also look for employment in the following: mediabroadcast engineer, multimedia broadcaster, sound technician); the military (armed forces technical officer, intelligence officer, satellite technician) the financial sector (credit analyst, commodity broker, financial risk analyst).