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Subject Leader ICT Miss C Shea
ICT Teachers Mr L Challenor
Mrs C Gouli


Over the last few years there has been a dramatic change to the curriculum in ICT.  The subject has moved from having one main strand, to 3 equally important strands, which are ICT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.  We prepare students for the ever changing technological environment.  We help students understand the pivotal role technology plays in the modern day world.


Parents are encouraged to discuss the project topics and explain how technology has continually changed over the decades.  Commenting on the use of computers in daily life and how important they are will help students to see ICT as a skill that they cannot do without.  They can also ensure students complete their electronic homework, which is on either Doddle or SAM Learning - information about homework is recorded on Show My Homework.


ICT is a compulsory subject in Years 7 – 11; all students have at least one lesson per week.  Grammar stream will not have any traditional ICT/ Computer Science lessons after the end of year 8, however, it is hoped that many pick option ICT or Computer Science GCSE when they select their options.

In years 7 and 8 there is an introduction to all 3 strands in the ICT/Computer Science curriculum, with more time being spent on Computer Science and Digital Literacy as the traditional ICT is embedded throughout the curriculum in other subjects.  Students will complete a number of different units ranging from multimedia to programming.

When students reach year 9, they will start their GCSE preparation - see the Key Stage 4 section below.

Key Stage 3


The programme of study is split into a variety of different topics which link with all three strands.

Year 7 Term 1

Unit 1 - E-safety

Presentation Skills
Audience and Purpose
Information Reliability
E-safety - fundamentals

Year 7 Term 2

Unit 2 - Hardware and Networks

Computer Systems
Peripherals and Storage Devices
Networks Presentations
File Permissions and Security

Year 7 Term 3

Unit 3 - Creative project (animation)

Graphics - freehand, imported
Cartoon background creation
Cartoon/animated movie short making
Frame rates
'Onion skins'
Export animation as a video

Year 7 Term 4

Unit 4 - History of Computing

Computing icons past and present
History of Cryptography
Vigenère, Ceaser and Pig Pen ciphers

Year 7 Term 5

Unit 5 - Scratch (1)

Game making
Sequencing instructions
Graphical imagery

Year 7 Term 6

Unit 6 - MS Office (1)

Word Processing
- Alphabet and number sorting
- Margins and line breaks
- Image grouping and hyperlinking
- Slide transitions
- Slide animations
- Presentation styles

Year 8 Term 1

Unit 7 - MS Office (2)

- Building a model
- Interpreting results
- Modelling with spreadsheets
- Average, Sum, Max and Min
- Conditional formatting

Year 8 Term 2

Unit 8 - Systems and flow control

System lifecycle
Control devices
Systems design and user-centred design

Year 8 Term 3

Unit 9 - Python Programming

Introduction to Programming with Python
Programming basics
Raspberry Pi

Year 8 Term 4

Unit 10 - Scratch (2)

Event Driven Programming
Scratch Project

Year 8 Term 5

Unit 11 - Web Design

Create a website
HTML basics
Further HTML
Publishing on the web
Blogs and wikis
Internet Broadcasting

Year 8 Term 6

Unit 12 - Multimedia products

Combining images
Combining movie clips
Combining sound clips
Video editing
Thumbnail creation

Key Stage 4


Examination Board: OCR
Course Title: Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia


Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart.  They provide knowledge in a number of keys areas in this field from pre-production skills to digital animation and have a motivating, hands-on approach to both teaching and learning.  Cambridge Nationals deliver skills across the whole range of learning styles and abilities, effectively engaging and inspiring all students to achieve great things.

To complete the certificate you need to complete 4 units.





RO81: Pre-Production skills

Exam - Written paper 1 hour 15 minutes



RO82: Creating digital graphics




RO85: Creating a multipage website




RO89: Creating a digital video sequence





The qualification will enable learners to acquire a range of transferrable skills and knowledge which are highly regarded by employers.  This qualification will lead to a wide range of general and vocational qualifications for students.



Key Stage 5


Year 12 Bridging Course


OCR Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT (05883)

This qualification is for learners of 16 years old or over who want to study IT. The qualification allows them to study IT in a context that enables them to learn and be assessed in ways that are practical and relevant to the IT sector. It will provide them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto employment, either directly or through an Apprenticeship (i.e. IT Users, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals) or a Level 3 Tech Level qualification in the IT and computing sector.

What does this qualification cover?

The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or GCSE’s. Everyone will take the following two externally assessed mandatory units:

• Essentials of IT

• Essentials of cyber security.

These units will provide learners with the core knowledge and understanding that underpins all other internally assessed units. Essentials of IT provides them with an overview of the IT sector as they develop their knowledge of hardware, software, installing and upgrading processes, the use of the World Wide Web and the benefits of  using IT in business. Essentials of cyber security reflects the increasing importance of this issue in IT related activities and enables them to understand possible cyber threats and how these can be managed.

In addition, learners will take one other mandatory unit – Unit 17 Using data analysis software and Unit 16 Using social media channels for business these are coursework based.

Depending on the level of self-study there is potential for the students complete the double qualification – meaning they need to complete 8 units .

What could this qualification lead to?

The qualification will enable learners to acquire a range of transferable skills and knowledge which are highly regarded by employers. This qualification will lead to specific job roles which include: Digital Administrator, Digital Marketing Assistant and Junior Business Analyst. This qualification is part of a suite of Cambridge Technicals in IT at Levels 2 and 3. There are no formal entry or prior learning requirements for this qualification.

The direct link to the course can be found here



Qualification Aims and Objectives

IB Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. ITGS explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgements and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts.

This course enables the student to evaluate social and ethical considerations arising from the widespread use of IT by individuals, families, communities, organizations and societies at the local and global level.

Further it develops the students' understanding of the capabilities of current and emerging IT systems and to evaluate their impact on a range of stakeholders.

Course Outline

Subjects covered:

Strand 1: Social and Ethical Significance SL/HL core

Strand 2: Application to specified scenarios SL/HL core

Strand 3: IT systems SL/HL core

The project (practical application of IT skills)


External assessment (3 hours): 70%

Paper 1 (1 hour 45 minutes): 40%

Paper 2 (1 hour 15 minutes): 30%

Internal assessment: Project (30 hours): 30%

The IBCP aims to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to fulfil the aims of the IB, as expressed in the organisation’s mission statement and the learner profile. Teaching and learning in the IBCP represents the reality in daily practice of the organisation’s educational philosophy.

ITGS requires students to develop a product that would be suitable for a client. The aim of this assessment is to prepare students for the workplace.

· ITGS is the perfect platform to study social informatics at university level.

· The ITGS course is based on three interconnected strands: social and ethical significance, application to specified scenarios, and IT systems.

· The ITGS triangle lies at the heart of the pedagogy. With an understanding of the information technologies, students must be able to evaluate social/ethical issues in specified scenarios.

· ITGS requires students to have strong research and higher order thinking skills.  


Please refer to the Post 16 Course Directory 2020-22 for KS5 information by clicking here.

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