ICT

Subject Overview

ICT is delivered to all students in Key Stage 3 where it is a mix of the three main elements of the subject; Digital Literacy, ICT and Computer Science. It can be taken as a vocational course option in Key Stages 4 and 5.

KEY STAGE 3

Exam Board (to include details of exam)

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production

One written examination:

  • Unit 1: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences – 1 Hour

Course Content

Unit 1: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences – in this unit learners will explore the digital media industry and all five key sectors that fall under it (Digital Moving Image, Digital Audio Production, Digital Publishing, Website Production and Digital Games Production). They will also explore the different types of audiences and how audiences can engage with each sector.

Unit 2: Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product – in this unit learners will use their verbal, written and visual communication skills to enable them to formulate, develop and pitch ideas of a product that they then plan to produce.

Unit 5: Digital Publishing Production – in this unit, learners will gain the knowledge and skills required for the design and development of digital publishing products. They will also have an overview of how to source materials and then combine them. Learners will organize and manage the production of a digital publishing product.

Unit 7: Digital Games Production – in this unit, learners will gain knowledge of 2D and 3D digital games platforms and audiences. Learners will create pre-visuals to show what the game will look like, as well as preparing a document that explains all aspects of the game and what the player does. The learner will then go on to create a portion of the game, creating the component assets to be placed in a games engine.

Useful Subject & Revision Websites

Extensive revision materials are provided within faculty through online OneNote Class books.

Exam Success

The faculty has a long record of success in ICT Key Stage 4 courses, averaging above student target grades.

KEY STAGE 4

Exam Board (to include details of exam)

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Creative Media Production

1 Board Set Controlled Assessment Task – 9 hours

  • Component 3: Create a Media Product in response to a brief

Course Content

Component 1: Exploring Media Products – in this unit students will develop their understanding of how media products create meaning for their audiences.  They will examine existing products and explore media production techniques.  The component is assessed by two linked assignments, marked internally and verified by Pearson.

Component 2: Developing Digital Media Production Skills – students will develop skills and techniques in media production processes by reworking media products from the digital publishing sector. They will o learn and apply new practical skills through experimenting, reflecting and refining.  The component is assessed by three linked assignments, marked internally and verified by Pearson.

Component 3: Create a Media Product in response to a brief – students will respond to a client brief and create a product in the digital publishing sector. Students have to interpret the client’s needs and engage in the process of ideas generation, selecting and refining their ideas until they have produced an digital media product that meets the brief.

Useful Subject & Revision Websites

On every assignment students are provided with a list of suitable resources.  During Year 11 students will undertake time-limited practice tasks to enable them to further develop their skills and be fully prepared for the controlled assessment.

Exam Success

The faculty has a long record of success in ICT Key Stage 4 courses, averaging above student target grades.

KEY STAGE 5

Exam Board (to include details of exam)

OCR – Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT: Emerging Digital Technology Practitioners Pathway

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT taken in June of Year 12 – 1.5 Hours
  • Unit 2: Global Information taken in January of Year 13 – 1.5 Hours

There is one re-take opportunity for each exam.

Course Content

Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT – Students study the basics of computer hardware and software, and information systems used by businesses. They learn about the importance of good communication skills along with the technology available to them.

Unit 2: Global Information – This unit looks at the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organizations.  The unit gives students an understanding of how organizations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter.

Unit 5: Virtual and Augmented Reality – students learn about both technologies and how they are used. They research both technologies and design both a virtual and an augmented reality resource. They create a resources using one of the technologies then use their research and skills learnt whilst designing and creating resources to suggest future applications for virtual and augmented reality.

Unit 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing – This unit looks at digital marketing as a concept and then student explore the possible impacts, both positive and negative, that may be generated by the use of social media as a digital marketing tool.  Students design a digital marketing campaign for a national charity.

Unit 17: The Internet of Everything – This unit is about the use of the internet and how it is impacting people and society. Students learn about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it is used. Using their knowledge, they will carry out a feasibility study for a potential idea which is then pitched to stakeholders.  Following feedback students then amend and update their proposal.

Useful Subject & Revision Websites

A wide range of revision resources are provided to students and examination technique workshops are offered.

The course textbook is Cambridge Technical Level 3 IT

Publisher: Hodder Education

ISBN-13: 978-1471874918

Exam Success

The faculty has a long record of success in ICT Key Stage 5 courses.