ICT plays a vital role in all areas of the curriculum at Trinity School. It is core to our pupils’ learning and integral to embracing the varying learning styles of our pupils. With our regularly updated software and hardware, we enable pupils to develop their confidence and creativity with the use of ICT. In discrete ICT lessons pupils are taught the necessary skills and techniques to assist their progression in all subjects throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 and into Key Stage 5. Pupils also use ICT to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of other subjects and all teachers are able to book the computer rooms for their lessons.
Pupils are given maximum opportunity for a hands-on practical approach to learning and are expected to have reached a high standard of ability by the end of Key Stage 4. Every pupil has their own computer in lessons and because class sizes are a maximum of 20, every pupil receives the help and personal attention that they need.
The department is staffed by the Head of Department Mrs Swift who teaches across the age range and Mr Acher, the Head of Sixth Form who teaches Sixth Form IT.
Within the ICT department pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to learn new skills and build their confidence with the aim to become competent users of ICT. In addition to developing skills in the office suite, pupils also learn how to use creative software effectively to create digital graphics and websites. They also use specialist software to create 2D games and digital animations. Pupils are assessed each lesson through a variety of assessment methods and are expected to develop abilities in the areas listed below. Their progress in these abilities is reported each term.
•Organise and store files appropriately
•Develop ICT solutions for a specific purpose and audience
•Use ICT safely and responsibly
•Explore and develop new skills
•Evaluate and refine work
•Understand the impact of ICT on Society
•Use ICT to communicate and collaborate
•Identify and manipulate reliable sources of information
Courses at GCSE
Key Stage 4 Curriculum - OCR Cambridge Nationals in ICT
ICT skills are essential for success in employment and in higher education and are one of the fundamental transferrable skills required by employers. In Key Stage 4 students will learn transferable skills that are practical and relevant and, furthermore, are needed in future study and the workplace.
The OCR Cambridge National Certificate in ICT is a vocationally-related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning. This qualification is accredited for inclusion in league tables by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
To achieve the ICT Certificate (full course) students must complete 4 units (2 mandatory and 2 optional). To achieve the ICT Award (short course) students must complete the two mandatory units.
Unit 1 - Understanding Computer Systems (Examination)
On completion of this unit, students will have gained additional knowledge and understanding, enabling them to use computers more effectively in a variety of different contexts. Their regard for their own personal data security and for the security of the data of others will be increased and they will be more informed users of computers, making them more effective participators in business and social life.
Unit 2 - Using ICT skills to create business solutions (Practical task set and moderated externally)
Students will use a wide range of applications that are commonly used in the workplace and in further and higher education. They will develop an understanding of how to select the most appropriate software and to use tools to meet specific business requirements while developing skills to enhance documents of a variety of file types.
To achieve the certificate students must complete two optional units. All optional units are assessed via coursework projects that are set externally, marked by the school before being moderated externally by the exam board.
Currently the units being optional offered include:
Unit 5 - Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
This unit will enable students to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating website or interactive product.
Unit 7 - Creating dynamic products using sound and vision
This unit will enable students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that would be expected in creative media industries such as advertising, music and online marketing. On completion of this unit students will be able to prepare, create, export and evaluate a timeline-based dynamic product.
To find out more please contact Mrs Swift firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.cambridgenationals.org.uk.
Courses at A level
OCR Applied A-Level in ICT
This course is a vocationally-focused A Level. Throughout the course, pupils develop all the necessary skills required in ICT and apply these within work-related contexts. The course also offers pupils the chance to personalise their path of study and obtain a qualification that meets both their individual aptitudes and interests.
Aims of the Course
The course prepares pupils to enter a variety of ICT or computing degree level courses, or provide further training whilst in employment. The aim of this specification is to encourage pupils to:
Structure and Assessment
The Applied A-Level is a 2 year course where pupils are expected to complete three units in each year. During the first year pupils are assessed through both coursework and an examination while in the second year pupils are assessed entirely through coursework projects. The following three AS units are compulsory:
In year 2 there is one compulsory unit ‘Working to a Brief’ with a choice of units for the final two. It is possible for pupils to contribute to the choice of A2 units to cater for individual interests. The choices currently offered are:
Courses at BTEC
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT which we are offering has been developed with the IT sector. It is designed for students interested in an introduction to the study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, but not necessarily in IT.
This content has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it incorporates the most up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been consulted on the content development to confirm its relevance to current industry practice used in IT and related occupational disciplines.
Course Content, Structure and Assessment:
All learners embarking on this course in the Lower Sixth will join the two year course aiming to achieve a Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT which is equivalent to one traditional A-level. To achieve this they must complete four units over two years.
Learners must complete three units which are mandatory:
Learners study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
Learners study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information.
Learners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Learners also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
In addition, learners will complete one optional unit from a selection of 2 optional units depending on the interests of the group:
Learners study how data modelling can be used to solve problems, and they will design and implement a data model to meet client requirements.
Learners investigate website development principles and they design and develop a website using scripting languages.
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment:
Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, with a written outcome
Externally set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Internally set tasks - Teachers set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of a unit.
Extra-curricular activities in department
Pupils are able to access computer rooms during break times and lunch times to complete homework independently or with the support of a teacher. ICT study clubs also run during school club time.
The Department also organises school trips to enrich the curriculum that pupils study. Recent examples include a trip to the BBC Television Studios in Plymouth for Year 8 pupils learning about green screen technology and a trip to the Apple Store in Exeter for students in the Lower Sixth learning about the components of a computer system.