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
A high-quality computing education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
All students must have the opportunity to study aspects of information technology and computer science at sufficient depth to allow them to progress to higher levels of study or to a professional career.
All students are taught to:
- Develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology
- Develop and apply their analytic, problem-solving, design, and computational thinking skills
- Understand how changes in technology affect safety, including new ways to protect their online privacy and identity, and how to report a range of concerns
In Year 9 students follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Below are the units all students follow at Trinity.
- Introduction to computers
- Graphics (GUI)
- Websites (HTML)
- Cyber Security (E-safety)
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The faculty has a long record of excellent successes in ICT Key Stage 4 courses, averaging above student MEGs.
KEY STAGE 4
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Digital Information Technology
Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices-The exam is 1 hour and 30 min long
Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques- In this unit Learners will develop their understanding of what makes an effective user interface and how to effectively manage a project. They will use this understanding to plan, design and create a user interface. The component is assessed by three linked assignments, marked internally and verified by Pearson.
Component 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data-Learners will understand the characteristics of data and information and how they help organisations in decision making. They will use data manipulation methods to create a dashboard to present and draw conclusions from information. The component is assessed by three linked assignments, marked internally, and verified by Pearson.
Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices – This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed across the qualification. It requires learners to select and integrate knowledge and understanding synoptically from all components. It is assessed through an external assessment. The external assessment will include questions totalling 60 marks and The test duration is 1 hour 30 minutes
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On every assignment students are provided with a list of suitable resources from Pearson and other Websites that the School subscribes to.
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 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.
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 organisations. The unit gives students an understanding of how organisations 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 Technicals Level 3 IT
Publisher: Hodder Education
Exam success The faculty has a long record of success in ICT Key Stage 5 courses.