ICT & COMPUTING
The ICT department has continually produced outstanding results at both key stages 4 & 5 over the last few years and were rated ‘Outstanding’ in all four key areas (Achievement, Quality of Teaching, Curriculum and Leadership & Management) by OFSTED in 2012. The department has also recently benefited from a complete refurbishment with 3 brand new ICT suites and a dedicated computing room.
KEY STAGE 3
ICT & Computing is taught across all year groups in key stage 3 with one period per week. Pupils are taught how to become problem solvers, independent learners and expert users of the ever changing nature of the digital revolution. During key stage 3 pupils will engage in modules which will develop these skills including:
Inside a computer
How to search for information effectively
KEY STAGE 4
ICT & Computing is offered in two options at key stage 4, both of which are designed to identify the emerging skills of the individual and offer a path best suited for their success.
GCSE ICT – Cambridge Nationals.
This course is made up of 4 units, each of equal weighting, and is graded at either Pass, Merit, Distinction at Level 1 or Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* at Level 2 (Level 2 being higher).
Unit 1 is a one hour examination based on the ability to apply ICT theory to a given case study
Unit 2 asks pupils to demonstrate their understanding of a variety of business software applications
Unit 3 will enable pupils to demonstrate their flare with website design
Unit 4 will enable pupils to demonstrate their flare with digital image manipulation
GCSE Computer Science
This qualification is provided in three key assessment areas:
1. Computer Systems and Programming which is a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper and constitutes 40% of the total GCSE grade
2. Practical Investigation which is a 20 hour OCR set scenario with choice of research tasks and constitutes 30% of the total GCSE grade
3. Programming Project which is a 20 hour OCR set task to design, develop and test a solution to a problem and constitutes 30% of the total GCSE grade
KEY STAGE 5
ICT & Computing at key stage 5 is taught through the West Coventry Sixth Form consortium in conjunction with Tile Hill Wood and Woodlands. Courses consist of a mixture of academic and vocational courses to suit the skills and aspirations of the individual. The courses offered include A Level ICT, Cambridge Technical’s, Computing and BTEC.