The ICT department is committed to developing the ICT skills of all the pupils to enable them to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Pupils use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. They learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning. Pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.
KEY STAGE 3
The purpose of these classes is to equip the pupils with the necessary ICT tools for use across the curriculum with each year building on the previous to develop a wide range of ICT skills that can be used alone or in combination. We know how important it is for children to navigate the digital world carefully and are given constant advice regarding e-safety.
Key Stage 4 BTEC
We are very excited about offering our new KS 4 pupils a BTEC in Information and Creative Technology. This subject is a vocational level 2 qualification and is the equivalent to a GCSE A*- C grade. The course involves a wide range of practical skills and processes and allows pupils the opportunity to independently develop digital multimedia products throughout the two years.
BTEC I&CT provides opportunities to develop a range of multimedia skills suited to the requirements of an increasingly technological workplace. The practical skills are designed to enable learners to apply their learning and skills in a work-related context while creating quality multimedia projects using a variety of multimedia software applications.
BTEC and GCSE Grade comparison:
BTEC Grade GCSE grade
APPLIED ICT A-LEVEL (CCEA)
What do you need to know or be able to do before taking this course?
All students who have gained a grade C or above in GCSE ICT or GCSE BCS will be able to cope with the demand of this course. It builds upon many of the concepts covered at GCSE but studies them in much greater detail. A solid knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Access) is required.
What will you learn and what skills will you develop on this A Level course?
You can read more details on these units by downloading our course brochure
The course leads on to further study at Higher education or simply demonstrates to employers that you can analyze a business problem and solve it using an appropriate ICT solution with a high level of software and multimedia knowledge.
Mr A Bailie
Mr L Copeland
Head of Department
Software Engineers; Technical Support; Systems Designers; Programmers; Systems Developers; ICT Managers; Social Media Production; Film work; Software Testing; Gaming; Product Development; Team Leader; Project Manager; Business Analyst; Games Developer; Marketing Executive; Multimedia Designer; Network Engineer; Tech support; Web Development; Animation; Graphic Design.
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Software covered includes word-processing, graphic manipulation, spreadsheets, desk-top publishing, databases and using the Internet.
As well as building on the core ICT skills learned pupils are also given the opportunity to create a WIKI using the school VLE, multimedia presentations, digital video, a website, their own game using SCRATCH, work with stop-go animation and to create Mobile Apps on Andriod tablets.