Key Stage 3

What will I learn in Years 7, 8 and 9?

Pupils in years 7 and 8 will study a range of different topics relevant to the Computing, ICT, Business and Media programmes of study.

In year 7 the topics covered will include:

·         Digital Literacy

·         Control Technology

·         Spreadsheets

·         Hardware & Software Components

·         Computer game development using a visual based programming language

·         Media

·         A project which combines business ideas while using ICT.

In year 8 the topics covered will include:

·         Digital Literacy – Staying safe

·         Creating a website

·         Python Programming

·         Media

·         Computer program creation using a text based programming language

·         Microbits – Programming

·         A project which combines business ideas while using ICT.

In year 9 the topics covered will include:

·         Computing

·         Information Technology

·         Creative Media

·         Business Enterprise

These will be on a rotational basis to allow learners to experience subjects available at KS4 to help them make the best choices according to their strengths and interests.

 

Throughout key stage 3 pupils will use a range of software, including:

Microsoft Office, Serif PhotoPlus, Serif DrawPlus, Serif MoviePlus, Serif WebPlus, Comic Life, Scratch and Python.

How will I learn?

You will receive practical lessons as well as theory based lessons.  You will be taught using a wide variety of interesting teaching methods and be expected to work independently to solve problems.

 

Key Stage 4

What will I learn in Years 10 and 11?

Computing

This exciting GCSE gives you an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they’re used whilst also developing computer programming and problem-solving skills. You will do some in-depth practical work and complete a project using the Python programming Language.

How will I learn?

This two unit course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of how computer technology works and a look at what goes on behind the scenes.
You don’t need to have studied this subject before and assessment is based on two written exams and a programming project.

 

 

 

 

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

You must enjoy programming and be able to use a wide variety of programming packages including Python and Scratch. You must also have a good understanding of Mathematics and Science and be keen to known how and why things work. You should be able to use a computer confidently and be inspired to learn more about them.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

This course could lead you onto a successful career in various parts of industry.  It can also lead you onto studying Computing at AS/A level in college or 6th Form. With this being a Science based qualification it can also lead into employment in a Science based environment.

 

Media

The BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production is a Level 2 qualification that allows students to explore different audiences and types of media.

How will I learn?

You will have three components over the length of the course.

Component 1 – is a controlled assessment that has students exploring media to understand their purpose, genre, audience, and engagement.

Component 2 – is a controlled assessment which focuses on the development of practical media production skills and techniques.

Component 3- is an examined piece of work where students will create their own media product in response to a given client brief.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

You should enjoy consuming various types of media including Movies, TV programmes, radio shows, magazines, comics, newspapers, websites and games. It is Ideal for learners with a creative instinct who may be interested in a course which combines skills from Art and Design and English.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

Students can progress to further education qualifications such as BTEC Level 3 Nationals or A levels.