March 16, 2011


ICT  & Computing Information

Importance of ICT

The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life. ICT capability encompasses not only the mastery ofict student technical skills and techniques, but also the understanding to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in learning, everyday life and employment. ICT capability is fundamental to participation and engagement in modern society.

ICT can be used to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. ICT enables rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures, and allows pupils to collaborate and exchange information on a wide scale. ICT acts as a powerful force for change in society and citizens should have an understanding of the social, ethical, legal and economic implications of its use, including how to use ICT safely and responsibly. Increased capability in the use of ICT supports initiative and independent learning, as pupils are able to make informed judgments about when and where to use ICT to enhance their learning and the quality of their work.


Key Stage 3 – Computing

All KS3 students will complete a series of computing work units to help develop skills and knowledge.  New computing work units cover the requirements of the new KS3 computing curriculum.  Topics/Units covered by KS3 students will include: E-Safety, Programming, How computers work, Databases, Spreadsheets, Presentation and Control.


Key Stage 4 – GCSE ICT

In Key Stage 4 all students will complete Edexcel GCSE ICT.


Edexcel GCSE ICT consists of two units of work:

Unit 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop an awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.