Developing pupils’ digital skills encourages them to work with and communicate information, solve problems, pose questions and be creative in using digital technology. By providing pupils with knowledge of ICT and related skills we aim to improve their ability to learn both independently and collaboratively as well as enhancing their employability.
The key focus of KS3 ICT is the acquisition, development and consolidation of a range of practical ICT skills developed in suitable subject contexts using a range of appropriate software packages. Additionally, pupils have the opportunity to learn about theoretical aspects of the subject including: Computer Systems, Networks and the Internet; Collecting and Presenting Data; Programming Techniques.
In Years 8-10, pupils are encouraged to demonstrate increasing independence, engage in self and peer assessment and are encouraged to reflect critically on their work. Pupils gain key skills in self-management, working with others, presentation skills, communication skills and self-improvement strategies. The goal is to encourage pupils to become independent lifelong learners, using digital technology to enhance, enrich and extend learning, blurring the boundaries between learning in and out of school.
Exam Board: CCEA
Qualification Title: Digital Technology
GCSE Digital Technology, is a unique qualification in the UK. It aims to encourage pupils to:
The course is made up of three units:
Unit 1 – (Theory – assessed by written exam in Year 11)
Pupils explore a range of digital technologies available for data storage, manipulation, presentation and transfer. They also evaluate the importance of data security and data legislation.
Unit 2 – (theory – assessed by written exam in Year 12)
Pupils develop and understanding of the concepts and ideas involved in the creation and development of digital systems eg designing a database; creating a website.
Unit 3 – (practical: assessed through controlled assessment)
Pupils design, develop and test digital multimedia systems
It’s a good time to be working in IT and computing. Research by e-skills UK shows that the sector is one of the fastest-moving and most dynamic in the UK – currently employing 1 in 20 of us. It’s estimated that over half a million new entrants will be needed to fill jobs in this sector over the next five years.