Key Stage 3 ICT
In years 7 and 8 the students study ICT as a discrete subject for 3 hours per fortnight, we are lucky to have excellent ICT resources in the department which enables students to access a variety of industry standard software and hardware. We follow the ICT4Life scheme in lessons, this enables all of the students to access the curriculum in an interesting and dynamic way. The students access their work electronically in lessons, once tasks are completed they are uploaded to our system where they are marked; teachers comments and grades are recorded electronically. This allows the teacher and the key stage coordinator to monitor progress, it also allows seamless transfer of marking and assessment should a student move groups. In year 9 the students begin to study the OCR Nationals, they undertake the first unit of study towards the OCR Nationals qualification. It is expected that they will complete unit 1 by the end of year 9 thus they have completed 1 third of a GCSE. If they choose to study ICT in key stage 4 they are already well on their way to gaining a GCSE, it is therefore expected that most students will gain between 2 and 4 GCSE dependent on the route they choose.
Key Stage 4 ICT
In Key Stage 4 we deliver the OCR Nationals in ICT, this excerpt from the OCR website gives a clear outline of the OCR Nationals suite of qualifications. OCR Nationals are an exam-free alternative to GCSEs, taking a more engaging, practical approach to learning and assessment. Industry-relevant qualifications geared to key sector requirements, these vocationally related qualifications are increasingly popular with schools and colleges, and suit a range of learning styles.