Mr D Fountain (Director of Department)
Mrs P Butterfield-Tracey (Director of Employment based training)
Mr R Swain
The ICT (Information Communication Technology) course, is to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils' curiosity and enjoyment whilst maintaining their own personal safety. It is also to encourage pupils to have open, enquiring minds and to perceive ICT in the context of a wider body of knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Pupils should ideally become autonomous users of ICT with the associated skills supporting life long study, the pursuit of personal interests and prospective employment in a modern technological society.
Students use this time to familiarise themselves with the tools of ICT i.e. word processing, use of spreadsheets and databases, the manipulation of DTP and graphics packages. They begin to look at control, data logging, monitoring and measuring. Students also look at the hardware and software of the computer and the use of the internet and e-mail facilities.
Students have a choice to follow ICT as a BTEC with the possibility of an additional qualification in Computer Science, a BTEC in Business Studies or a Cambridge National in iMedia all of which are level 1 and 2 courses that encourage students to develop a reflective, independent approach to their studies.
We believe guidance is important as students begin to learn to take responsibility for their work and progress. Work must be sufficiently challenging, meet the needs of all individuals and provide a balance between teacher-directed and self-directed work. Teacher confidence is critical within the realm of ICT for them to feel confident enough to allow the students to go off at a 'tangent' or for students to undertake investigative work of a less prescriptive manner.
In addition all students are expected to complete the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) vocational qualification.
In 2016/17 the sixth form class will be studying the OCR Applied A Level. This single award course has three compulsory units in the lower sixth and includes one external assessment. In the upper sixth a further three units are taken.
For 2017/18 the course will be the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT (subject to Government approval)
Although we use many commercial computer products we can recommend the following free software.