ICT

Curriculum Leader:

  • Mr P Chambers

Department Staff:

  • Mrs D Tait
  • Mr J Kennedy
  • Mr A Thomas (Network Manager)

About the subject:

The ICT department occupies 2 suites each containing 25 computers and 4 laptops, colour laser printers, projector and interactive whiteboard. The rooms are air-conditioned and furnished with padded, adjustable height, swivel chairs. Pupils have access to a wide range of software including Microsoft Office and Serif Design Suite. Many pupil tasks and resources are accessed using ‘St. Joseph’s e-Learning Centre’, our school Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Pupils can also access Hwb, Hwb+ and have e-mail accounts for educational use as part of their Office 365 and OneDrive account. We have full time technical support from our ICT Network Manager.

KS3 Overview:

Pupils have discrete ICT lessons throughout years 7, 8 and 9 using a wide range of software, resources and equipment. They are given opportunities to create, communicate, find and analyse information according to the National Curriculum programme of study. We also deliver an introduction to coding in Year 8.

KS4 Overview:

What is the aim of the course?

This course has been designed to prepare candidates for work in the ICT sector by providing them with an introduction to the skills, knowledge and understanding required in the workplace. Pupils complete units of work enabling them to gain a good basic understanding of ICT on which to build expertise.

The course is arranged into the following units:

  • Unit 1: Understanding ICT
  • Unit 2:  Solving Problems with ICT
  • Unit 3: ICT in Organizations
  • Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions

Examinations:

Exam Board: WJEC

Unit 1: Understanding ICT

External Assessment [20%]: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

This examination paper assesses knowledge and understanding of functional elements of ICT in a home and school context.

Unit 2: Solving problems with ICT

Controlled assessment [30%]: 22 Hours 30 Minutes

This controlled assessment requires the pupil to produce a portfolio of work and will test the practical aspects of the functional elements of ICT.

Unit 3: ICT in Organizations

External Assessment [20%]: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

This examination paper will assess the ‘application’ content of ICT in a business and industry context.

Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions

Controlled assessment [30%]: 22 Hours 30 Minutes

This controlled assessment gives the pupil the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a task brief issued by WJEC