ICT is engaging, exciting and always changing to incorporate the fast moving pace of technology. Greater emphasis has been placed on computer programming and our aim is to ensure all students develop a wide range of ICT skills which they can use effectively to support their learning. We also offer courses which can develop specific ICT skills for those students who are interested in a career using ICT. Animation, web design and game design are just a few areas which are covered by the ICT curriculum.
Students will cover a range of different areas including an introduction to spreadsheets and databases. Students will also develop their programming skills using Scratch and Kodu. In the summer term students develop a 2D game using The Games Factory. They will be introduced to the BBC Microbits to help them understand computer programming.
Students continue their programming skills using Scratch and Kodu. There is a greater emphasis on developing independent skills including planning and evaluating. Students will create websites and develop a range of graphics including animations to enhance their final product.
Students develop more comprehensive ICT skills. They will work with Photoshop and Adobe Animate to create and manipulate images. Students will collaborate on projects using a range of software including sound and video editing to develop presentations and share ideas. Computer programming and game design skills continue to be developed.
Students follow two different pathways either Computing or ICT. Computing mainly focuses on Programming using Python as the main language to learn. Students will also learn about Hardware and Software as well as Cyber Security. The other pathway allows students to focus on more Creative ICT. Students will study how to make websites along with Animation and Manipulating Digital graphics. Computing is a GCSE course whilst the Creative Imedia is a Vocational course.
Students will need to produce 3 pieces of coursework for the Creative Imedia course. These are Animation, Web Design and Digital graphics. The Computing course requires students to complete 2 exams along with a programming project.