Together, Beyond Expectations


ICT Curriculum Overview

Department Aims

Our aims are to:

- Ensure that teaching and learning is of the highest standard possible.

- Ensure that all students are challenged and stretched within all lessons.

- Give our learners the opportunity to develop their skills and explore a wider learning context.

- Develop and deliver exciting and innovative lessons that utilise new technologies and current educational thinking wherever possible.

KS3 - Students cover the following topics within KS3:

E-SAFETY, Computer Programming, Introduction to Microsoft Packages, Web Design, Creating Digital Content, Hardware & Software Devices

BTEC Business Studies

Unit 1: Enterprise in the Business World

Unit 2: Finance for Business

Unit 3: Promoting a Brand

Unit 8: Recruitment, Selection and Employment

GCSE Edexcel Unit 1 ICT

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

GCSE Edexcel Unit 2 ICT

This is a practical unit. 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. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others' use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

GCSE Edexcel Business Unit 4 - (This unit contains four topics):

- Communication

- Communication with stakeholders of a business

- Business communication tools

- Communicating via the web.

GCSE Edexcel Computing (Unit 1 & Unit 2)

- Understanding of what algorithms are, what they are used for and how they work; ability to interpret, amend and create algorithms.

- Understanding of binary representation, data representation, data storage and compression, encryption and databases; ability to use SQL to insert, amend and extract data stored in a structured database.

- Understanding of components of computer systems; ability to construct truth tables, produce logic statements and read and interpret fragments of assembly code.

- Understanding of computer networks, the internet and the World Wide Web; ability to use HTML and CSS to construct web pages.

- Awareness of emerging trends in computing technologies, the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues.