ICT Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
  • Understand not only how to use technology effectively, safely and responsibly but also how technology is developed and constantly redeveloped

Years 10, 11

QUALIFICATION: Creative iMedia Level 1/2 Certificate
AWARDING BODY: OCR Cambridge National

What will I learn?
You will learn about how to plan preproduction effectively and use this knowledge in the optional units when you develop your own media products. You will learn the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector, considering client requirements. You will follow a client brief to plan and create a digital animation using appropriate animation, and then review the final product.

How will I learn?
You will participate in a variety of learning approaches including problem solving, hands-on computer access and responding to individual assessment feedback. You will also learn through whole class discussion, paired work and individual practice.

How will I be assessed?
Mandatory Units
R081 – Pre Production Skills Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes – 60 Marks
R082 – Creating Digital Graphics Centre assessed task, OCR moderated – 60 Marks
R086: Creating a digital animation Centre assessed task, OCR moderated – 60 Marks
R087: Creating interactive multimedia products Centre assessed task – 60 Marks

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
This qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media and prepares students for studying ICT at A-Level and the workplace. The ability to analyse and design systems that are used in the workplace, the ability to see relationships and the broader perspective will all be important and marketable skills for future employment.

Year 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT

Why study Information Technology?
Studying IT will give you the skills and knowledge required for employment and for the community. You will understand how IT works and how it benefits people globally in their everyday lives. You will also develop behaviours and attributes that you will need to progress and succeed in education and in work. This course is the perfect step up from the KS4 course; however it is also wholly possible to join the course having not completed the course at KS4.

What will I learn?
You will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of IT and Global Information Systems. You will gain an insight into the IT sector as you investigate the pace of technological change, IT infrastructure, and the flow of information on a global scale, and the importance of legal and security considerations.

How will I learn?
Learning takes many different forms both in and out of the classroom. Lessons may be a lecture style where information is given which you would then expected to apply to different situations and exam scenarios. You might work as part of a group to develop an idea and then be asked to present your ideas to the rest of the group; you will work independently in and out of the classroom. All of your learning resources are through google drive with access to all resources available on line.

How will I be assessed?
There are 5 units in this qualification. 3 of the units are assessed through exams and the remaining 2 are coursework units which are marked by your teacher and moderated by OCR. 2 out of the 3 exams will be taken in the summer of Year 12 with the remaining exam taken in January of Year 13.

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9-4 (or equivalent).
Ideally you will have studied IT previously and achieved a 4 grade or equivalent, however this course can be started in Year 12 with no prior academic knowledge of the subject.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
IT career options include: Web designer, systems analyst, computer games developer and UX (user experience) developer, whilst ICT graduates could also look for employment in the media (broadcast engineer, multimedia broadcaster, sound technician) military (armed forces technical officer, intelligence officer, satellite technician) or finance (credit analyst, commodity broker, financial risk analyst).