The IT Department aims to encourage students to:
become independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use and are aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society
acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts;
develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems;
develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and the social and commercial impact of these technologies;
develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT;
recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice;
develop the skills needed to work collaboratively; and
evaluate ICT-based solutions.
All year 8 pupils receive training in the use of the schools hardware and software resources. Topics covered include:
Students study CCEA GCSE ICT. View the student guide below:
For further information on this course visit www.rewardinglearning.org.uk
BTEC Information Technology Subsidiary Diploma Level 3
IT is now embedded in our society and is a vital part of industries as diverse as entertainment, banking and manufacturing. The growth in ICT services, networking and data management is a key feature in global economies and the IT job market remains strong and relatively well paid. If you are interested in a career in ICT or a related field then this two year programme will give you a good understanding of a broad range of ICT specialism’s and will enable you to understand how ICT underpins business operation.
- What will I study and learn?
The course is made up of two mandatory units and four units selected by the IT team to cover a wide variety of topics and meet your interests and aspirations.
The mandatory units are:
- Communication and employability skills for IT – The aim of this unit is to ensure that you understand both the personal qualities valued by employers and how to communicate effectively.
- Computer systems – At some stage most IT professionals will have to set up and customise a computer system or systems. To do this effectively they will need to understand the components that make up computer systems and how the operating system interacts with the hardware and software components, in order to make a functioning machine. The aim of this unit is to enable you to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend the right systems for a business and then set up and maintain computer systems.
Optional units could include:
- Developing computer games
- Systems analysis and design
- Project planning with IT
- Database design
- Computer animation
- Digital graphics
- Website production
- Computer systems architecture
- Business systems
- Object oriented programming
- Computer networks
- Software development and design
- Installing and upgrading software
- Communication technologies
- Human computer interaction
How is the course assessed?
The assessment of the course is by means of written or practical assignments marked by teachers in College as well as external examination. There is then a verification process to ensure that work is of a good standard. All units are graded at pass, merit and distinction.
What skills will I need for the course?
No specific ICT skills are needed for this course although we will expect you to have used a personal computer at home or school and to be familiar with the Windows operating system. Although ICT is not a mathematical subject at this level, we find that a maths aptitude is helpful, particularly in programming. Remember that the 'C' in ICT stands for communication so we will expect you to develop your communication skills during the course.
What is vital is a genuine curiosity in and enthusiasm for ICT, an interest in how ICT supports businesses and a desire to become an ICT professional.
What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?
If you are successful on this course you could go on to university to study for a degree in computer science, information systems or any related degree programme.
You could join an IT apprenticeship. You may prefer to go directly into work. The ICT industry is growing at a fast rate and there is increasing demand for ICT specialists. It is also an area of work that has a multitude of options to suit all talents and skills.