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ICT CURRICULUM

ALL pupils undertake this course, in addition to their option subjects.


OCR Level 2 National First Certificate in ICT is a vocationally- related qualification that that provides valuable opportunities for individuals to develop skills and gain underpinning knowledge and understanding that will support entry into work or progression to further studies through Further Education or Higher Education.


Pupils will follow a modular based study, completing units of work to progress through the course. Pupils should have completed the compulsory Unit 1 ICT Skills for Business in Year 9. Other units are selected according to the ability of the students.

Pupils will undertake two lessons a week which will give them the equivalent of 1 or 2 GCSEs as part of their core curriculum.


 

Units of study for 1 or 2 GCSEs

Unit R002: Using ICT to create business solutions (completed in Year 9)
Unit R001: Understanding computer systems (exam)
Unit R006: Digital Image Manipulation
Unit R005: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components or R008: Introduction to Programming
These units will form the equivalent to 1 GCSE.

 

Pupils may complete 4 further units for the equivalent of 2 GCSEs


To be successful on this course you need to be?

  • Organised
  • Motivated during extended projects
  • Able to meet deadlines
  • Work independently
  • Be self-managers

 


How will I be assessed?

All coursework units are center assessed and externally moderated by OCR.


There is ONE externally assessed examination for this qualification (R001) which pupils take in Year 10. The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.


Students are expected to continue to work on their ICT in their own time for homework.


If pupils fall behind they may be asked to attend after school catch up sessions to help them complete their work to the required standard. Failure to keep up to date will affect the final mark for this qualification as all the points are added together to award the final grade. Units cannot be resubmitted.

 


What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

OCR National builds on the skills that pupils have learnt in their KS3 studies in ICT. They should have completed the compulsory unit already in their studies in year 9, giving them a fantastic start to this qualification. Pupils will learn skills using applications that they can transfer to further education or to the world of work.

 


What do pupils say about this course?

“ICT gives us skills that are essential in later life”

“ICT is an interesting and efficient way of learning new skills using a variety of software and programs. It also allows you to explore new job opportunities in which you would need these skills.”

“ICT is a challenge and hard work but can be a good thing”

“IT is a useful and efficient subject, because it will help you for years to come when running your own business, working in an office etc."

“In ICT you learn lots of new skills”

"The work put in is hard but the outcome is fantastic!"

“It is really enjoyable”

 

 


ICT at Key Stage 3 Year 7

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Pupils cover a wide range of topics throughout the year including creative, design based units such as video editing & game design as well as the creation of business-related publications. The topics covered in Year 7 are intended to provide a solid foundation of knowledge on which pupils can develop their individual understanding of ICT and to prepare them for KS4.We put large emphasis of making each pupil responsible for their own independent learning and progress. We expect learners to develop their own ideas from effective participation rather than simply following step-by-step instructions. We aim to allow pupils to be creative thinkers, self managers and reflective learners to create a depth of ICT knowledge.

 

Assessments:

 

Assessments and marking are carried out throughout the year and reported back to pupils and parents via grade sheets and reports. In the ICT department, we hold 2 major assessment points through the year. These allow staff and pupils to get a greater understanding of pupils’ progress & achievements.

 

Key dates:

 

A baseline assessment topic begins in September and is completed in approximately January.
From January until approx. April, pupils then complete a variety of topics such as spreadsheet modelling and letter writing.
From April until the end of summer term, pupils focus more of the design aspect of the subject by creating interactive games and professional poster designs.

 

Revision resources

 

No revision is required but resources are available on the ICT pages on FROG. Pupils can get information on tasks that need completing along with any resources needed to complete the tasks for each section.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Pupils need to stay up to date and can use C2 after school any night. Staff will request pupils stay for a specific catch up session if they feel that extra support or intervention is required. Meeting deadlines is part of the course and pupils must meet deadlines and must aim to work independently to complete projects.

 

 

 

ICT at Key Stage 3 Year 8

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

Pupils develop their new knowledge from Year 7 by using a wider range of advanced software applications such as Fireworks, Flash and Dreamweaver as well as the core Office suite. Work is completed in a project format where pupils undertake a business problem and aim to find a solution. Examples include creating a new corporate identity for a company called Sunshine Leisure Centre and proposing a system for the RSPCA.
As part of the Year 8 scheme, pupils also take part in many cross curricular projects. Working closely with another subject in school, pupils create publications in ICT which are based on a topic covered in History or Geography for example.
We put large emphasis of making each pupil responsible for their own independent learning and progress. We expect learners to develop their own ideas from effective participation rather than simply following step-by-step instructions. We aim to allow pupils to be creative thinkers, self managers and reflective learners to create a depth of ICT knowledge.

 

Assessments:

 

Assessments and marking are carried out throughout the year and reported back to pupils and parents via grade sheets and reports.
In the ICT department, we hold 2 major assessment points through the year. These allow staff and pupils to get a greater understanding of pupils’ progress & achievements.

 

Key dates:

 

Pupils complete a baseline assessment from September to approximately January.
Between January and Easter pupils complete design-based activities including web design linked with History.
From April/May up to the summer term pupils then complete more business-related tasks which act as preparation for Year 9 GCSE coursework activities.

 

Revision resources

 

No revision is required but resources are available on the ICT pages on FROG.
Pupils can get information on tasks that need completing along with any resources needed to complete the tasks for each section.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

 

Pupils need to stay up to date and can use C2 after school any night. Staff will request pupils stay for a specific catch up session if they feel that extra support or intervention is required. Meeting deadlines is part of the course and pupils must meet deadlines and must aim to work independently to complete projects.

 

ICT at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

 

OCR Cambridge Nationals (R002) controlled assessment. This is a compulsory unit which is needed to achieve a qualification in ICT. It is vital that pupils complete this unit to the highest standard possible as each unit scores points that will add up at the end of the course and the points will decide the final grade.

 

Assessments:

 

The controlled assessment is based on 6 individual sections. Each section represents a new skill for which pupils must create a system or publication. The controlled assessment is completed in pupils’ normal classroom although under strict examination conditions. Pupils are approximately half way through the course.

 

Key dates:

 

Hand in for each section is after the controlled assessments. All 6 sections must be completed and passed by the end of May.

 

Revision resources

 

No revision is required but resources are available on the ICT pages on FROG. Pupils can get information on tasks that need completing along with any resources needed to complete the tasks for each section.

 

Advice and guidance:

 

Pupils need to stay up to date and can use C2 after school any night. Staff will request pupils stay for a specific catch up session if they feel that extra support or intervention is required.
Meeting deadlines is part of the course and pupils must meet deadlines and must aim to work independently to complete projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like further details about this course please see MR PLANT, MRS BROWNSETT or MRS ROWLEY or email: r.plant@endon.staffs.sch.uk


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