In year 7, 8, 9, pupils have 2 lessons of ICT per week. ICT is not offered at Key Stage 4, but forms part of GCSE Business & Communications Studies.
At key stage 3 year 7, 8, 9 pupils are taught national curriculum for ICT. Pupils are taught in three ability sets from year 7 to year 11.
Pupils are taught the following areas of the curriculum:
- Using ICT
- Operating system
- Software packages
- Data Integration
- Data and data Units
- Data handling
- Introduction to modelling and presenting numeric data
- Embedded computers
- Analogue and Digital Data
- Global Communication: Websites, Internet
- Protecting a Network
- Applications of ICT
- How ICT is used in everyday life
- Legal Economic and Political issues
GCSE ICT (Short course)
- All pupils will develop efficient and effective ICT-based solutions to a range of problems, both for themselves and for others to use.
- Pupils will become discerning in their choice of ICT tools and information sources and be able to act on feedback when critically evaluating and developing ICT solutions.
- They will use ICT in a safe, responsible and secure way.
- Pupils will be aware of the range of ICT systems for communication and data handling, as well as automation processes, and know the correct terminology, such as search terms.
- They will learn how personal information can be abused and what safeguards can be implemented to help prevent such abuse.
- They will also learn about the moral, social, legal and ethical issues related to the use of ICT, and be able to apply these in their solutions, for example in listing all secondary sources used.
- Pupils will take forward the ICT skills they have already acquired to help them design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems that address identified user needs.
- They will also be able to incorporate into their designs appropriate validation checks, a range of automated features, such as sequenced coded instructions or templates, and subsystems to extend and develop functionality.
- Pupils will understand concepts that help them to research, plan, design, implement and evaluate an information system through a number of stages in which user feedback and testing are incorporated. These stages include comprehensively identifying user needs and determining the input–process–output characteristics of their solutions and the need for efficiency and safety.
- Pupils will understand how to make detailed comparisons of different approaches to the problem and judge which is the most appropriate; for example, comparing web technologies against database structures or programming against a spreadsheet.
- Pupils will also understand how to evaluate their system’s performance against the specified requirements and identify modifications where appropriate.