1st Year pupils have one double lesson of ICT every week throughout the academic year. This is used to give them a solid grounding in all of the key software areas that they are likely to need for their other subjects. We also aim to get pupils thinking about how reliable and valid different sources of information might be, particularly the internet.
2nd and 3rd Year pupils have one double lesson a week for half of the academic year on rotation with the Technology department. In these lessons we build upon their ICT abilities to use the skills that they have developed across the key software applications.
From the 4th Year on ICT is optional. Pupils can enroll on the OCR Nationals, which is a two year course, and is comprised of 100% coursework across three units: ICT skills for business, sound editing, and databases.
In the Sixth Form pupils can opt for GCE Applied ICT. In the Lower Sixth they will need to submit two pieces of coursework and complete an exam on the computers. This will give them their AS level, and we hope that they will choose to continue with the subject in the Upper Sixth in order to obtain their full A2 qualification. (Again, these are examined by Edexcel - click here to link to their website from where you can view more information on these courses.)
Each year group is given a lunchtime when they may come up to the ICT department to use the computers and to use help on offer from the ICT teachers. The lunchtime clubs are not only for working on ICT projects. It also offers pupils an opportunity to call on specialist help in using the computers to research and present work from other subject areas. Alternatively, pupils may want to use the time to explore software that is not included in their own year group's scheme of work.
The ICT department also offers courses in Business Studies:
In the 4th Year pupils can enroll on the two year GCSE course (provided by CCEA board)
For the Sixth Form pupils can enroll on the AQA AS and A level courses.
Results from these courses have been consistently excellent, and Mrs Wastall was singled out for particular praise for the recent AS and A2 level results in which many pupils exceeded their target grades!
ICT Department Staff
Mr Brown (Head of Department)
Ms Wastall (Head of Business Studies)
Technical Staff: Mr Zhulkov (Network Manager)