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Light Hall School - ICT

Subject Overview

The new Computing curriculum commences in September 2014 and it puts ‘coding’ at the core of IT education.  Students will develop ‘coding’ skills and knowledge and will use these to command computers to perform complex tasks. The students will be encouraged to be independent learners and thinkers whilst relying on their imaginations to create virtual worlds.  We want to put this power into the hands and hearts of every child in Light Hall.

Computing and IT are core components of the Key Stage 3 Curriculum.  Students will have 1 hour a week lesson time, where they will gain knowledge about a computer’s interior mechanisms and networks.  Proficiency in the application of practical skills will be demonstrated in the use of spreadsheets and databases.

We have a state of the art IT suite comprising of 4 large well-equipped classrooms, as well as access to laptops.  Students have access to printers, scanners and digital cameras, as well as other IT equipment .Every IT suite contains interactive whiteboards and projectors.

Computer rooms are open every 2nd break (1.25pm – 2.00pm) where students can gain support with their course work and homework.  All IT suites remain open at the end of school for more additional support and independent study, staffed by at least one member of the IT Department.

KS3

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

I.C.T. at KS3 builds on what students have learnt at KS2, helping them to establish a wide range of practical skills as well and a good knowledge and understanding of I.T. and its application in the world around them.
 
KS3 Computing

Computing is integrated into ICT at KS3, so that students study:

  • what a computer is, the parts that make it up, basic input and output devices, RAM and ROM and secondary storage
  • what a network is, how it works and the most common topologies.
  • how to control devices and program them to do what they want them to do
  • How to design and create a game using instructions they have written
  • Hot to do basic programming.
  • how databases work, how to manipulate them and use them to achieve a specific purpose.
  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 7 a
E-Safety
Control
Programming
yr 7 b
How A Computer Works
Spreadsheets
HTML
yr 8 a
E-Safety
Spreadsheets
Finding & Using Information
yr 8 b
Web Design
Databases
Email & Communication
yr 9 a
Be-Tween: E-Safety & Internet Use
Starstruck: Spreadsheets
Let's Code: Programming
yr 9 b
Bita - Revision: Parts of a Computer
I.T. Solutions: Networks
Wild World: Databases

a = first half of the term
b = second half of the term

KS4

G.C.S.E.

KEY COURSE INFORMATION

This course will provide learners with opportunities to work with a variety of technologies, making it enjoyable for them to study. The qualification has been designed so that learners will be digitally literate, with an up-to-date understanding of the digital world around them.

40% Examination – 2 x 1 hour exams

60% Controlled Assessment – 2 x 20 hour tasks

  Autumn Spring Summer
yr 10 a
I.C.T. In Today's World
I.C.T. In Today's World
I.C.T. in Today's World
yr 10 b
Practical Applications in I.C.T.
Practical Applications in I.C.T.
Practical Applications in I.C.T.
assessment
Controlled Assessment
yr 11 a
I.C.T. in Context
I.C.T. in Context
I.C.T. in Context
yr 11 b
Creative Use of I.C.T.
Creative Use of I.C.T.
Creative Use of I.C.T.
assessment
Controlled Assessment
Two Examinations

a = first half of the term
b = second half of the term

Cambridge Nationals I.C.T.

KEY COURSE INFORMATION
 
This a new, robust qualification that meets the rigorous Ofqual standards and will ensure students have a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding of how to apply ICT in the work place.

This course is:

25% exam - one 1 hour exam

75% coursework assessment – 3 x 10 hour controlled assessment

  Autumn Spring Summer
Yr 10 a
Understanding Computer Systems
Understanding Computer Systems
Understanding Computer Systems
yr 10 b
Handling Data Using Spreadsheets
Handling Data Using Spreadsheets
Handling Data Using Spreadsheets
assessment
Controlled Assessment
Examination
yr 11
Using I.C.T. to Create Business Solution
Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia
Creating an Interactive Product Using Multimedia
assessment
Controlled Assessment
Controlled Assessment

a = first part of the term
b = second part of the term

FAQs (O.C.R.)

Information and Communication Technology is offered in three formats:

A  O.C.R. National Award
A compulsory course taking 4 hours per fortnight
B  O.C.R. National Certificate
An optional qualification taking 9 hours per fortnight
C  Diploma
An optional qualification taking 14 hours per fortnight

What are the aims of the courses?

  • develop candidates’ skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations, thereby enhancing their employability within the Information and Communication Technology sector
  • develop candidates’ ability to work autonomously and effectively in an Information and
  • Communication Technology context
  • encourage progression by assisting in the development of skills, knowledge and
  • understanding that candidates will need to access further or higher education programmes or occupational training on a full-time or part-time basis 

What topics will I study?
Format A: Unit 1: I.C.T. skills for Business (Compulsory) + 1 other unit
Format B: Unit 1: I.C.T. skills for Business (Compulsory) + 4 other units

What skills will I develop?  
You will develop a variety of I.C.T. skills, which should help you to enhance your work in a variety of subject areas and will prepare you for work or further study.

What qualification will I take?  
O.C.R. National Certificate in I.C.T.

What is involved with the examination?  
There are no formal examination papers for this qualification.

What coursework will I have to complete?  
The qualification is totally coursework based.

What independent study will I have to undertake? 
It will be hard work completing all the units in the allotted time. Some portfolio work will need to be completed out of lesson time, particularly the ‘Planning’ and ‘Evaluation’ aspects. There will also be ‘catch-up’ sessions after school which students will be expected to attend if they are falling behind.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
The I.C.T. skills necessary for most jobs and everyday life will be covered during the compulsory ‘Award’ time. Please remember that everyone in your year group will be studying for the Award (equivalent to 1 G.C.S.E). The optional Certificate course is intended mainly for students who wish to enter the I.T. industry or continue further study of I.T. at college..

What are the special features of the course?   
If you choose the I.T. Option you will probably be taught by two different members of the I.C.T. department (one during your 4 core lessons and a different teacher for your 5 option block lessons).

Functional skills: You will also learn Functional Skills in I.T. and will have the opportunity to be entered for an examination worth a half G.C.S.E. This can be done at Level 1 (D-G grade) or Level 2 (A*-C)

Level 1- If you struggle with the Level 2 course you will be able to obtain a Level 1 O.C.R. Nationals qualification by completing similar units.

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FAQs (Diploma) 

What are the aims of the courses?
Diplomas are new qualifications introduced to recognise achievement at ages 14-19. They provide an exciting opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in applied, sector-related learning contexts.
This course is intended for students who have a real interest in Business and the I.T. industry and students will need to be capable of working at least a C Grade at G.C.S.E. They will also need to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in I.T., Maths and English in order to gain the full Diploma qualification.

What topics will I study?
The Diploma will have three components:

  • Principal learning - students develop knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes relevant to the I.T. business sector and are given opportunities to apply these to work roles or situations and within realistic contexts. There is a strong business emphasis to the course.
  • Additional/specialist learning - students choose from a range of approved qualifications. This is most likely to be a G.C.S.E. subject in which a C Grade must be obtained.
  • Generic learning - students develop and apply the skills and knowledge necessary for learning, employment and personal development. This includes ‘Functional Skills’ in Maths, English and I.C.T., Personal Learning and Thinking Skills such as team work, self-management and reflective learning, 10 days of Work Experience and an ‘Extended Project’. 

What skills will I develop?  
You will develop a variety of I.C.T. skills, which should help you to enhance your work in a variety of subject areas. You will also gain an insight into how I.T. supports business, how various organisations use I.T., and how I.T. can help to improve efficiency.

What examination will I take?
You will need to take a ‘Functional Skills’ examination in Maths, English and I.C.T.
Unit 1 of the ‘Principal Learning’ is also an externally set examination    

What coursework will I have to complete? 
Units 2 to 7 of the ‘Principal Learning’ all involve completing a piece of coursework.
You will also be required to complete a Project that should take approximately 60 hours.

What independent study will I have to undertake? 

As with the O.C.R. Nationals on the previous page, it will be hard work completing all the units in the allotted time. Some portfolio work will need to be completed out of lesson time, particularly the ‘Planning’ and ‘Evaluation’ aspects. There will also be ‘catch-up’ sessions after school which students will be expected to attend if they are falling behind.

What career opportunities could the course help to give me?
The I.C.T. skills necessary for most jobs and everyday life will be covered during the compulsory ‘Award’ time. Please remember that everyone in your year group will be studying for the Award (equivalent to 1 G.C.S.E). This optional Diploma course is intended mainly for students who wish to enter the I.T. industry.

What are the special features of the course?   
You will probably be taught by two or three different members of the I.C.T. department (one during your 4 core lessons and different teacher(s) for your 10 option block lessons). It may also involve studying at another institution; Light Hall is part of the Solihull Consortium so teaching is often delivered jointly with Lyndon School and the Grace Academy