ICT

Year 9 ICT
At the start of the year the emphasis is on developing work completed during Year 8 and encouraging students to become more independent in their approach to using computers.
Students are given a taste of KS4 courses including web design and basic programming skills.

BTEC ICT at KS4

The BTEC First in ICT at QE is an innovative new course. Both courses give students the opportunity to gain essential skills employers and further education establishment are looking for. By following a BTEC Level 2 course they know they are gaining a well-respected and established qualification. Students are assessed in a variety of methods all with a vocational element to them. A BTEC First course is personalised to the method of assessment students are most suited to. A typical BTEC ICT student will have acquired skills in designing mobile applications, compiling digital portfolios or even writing computer games!

GCSE Computing

This course is part of a new generation of Computer Science qualifications. It equips the student with an understanding of programming, hardware and software design. QE following the OCR Computing course which has recently been included in the EBacc measurement.

On completion of the core units students will choose 4 optional units from a wide range – digital graphics, animation, networks, computer maintenance, e-commerce, databases, spreadsheets, software development (programming), website production and management, customisation of web pages. In this way students can link to other courses such as Photography, Physics or Business.

Students ready to commit more time can take the National certificate which has 12 units and is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

Post 16
Information Technology
The BTEC National Award in IT builds on the experience of the BTEC First or a GCSE Computing although this is not essential. This is a Level 3 course that prepares students for a wide range of future careers or study – hardware, programming, office software or graphical specialisms.

During Year 12 students complete the 2 core Units “Employability and Communication Skills”, and “Computer Systems” which looks at how hardware and software work and interact with the user. All students will have the chance to build their own computer at cost price (starting around £180). This develops students to have the confidence to maintain and build computers and save themselves money.