ICT – Years 10-11

Introduction and Benefits

Passionate about ICT?

At CGS we believe that ICT is an integral component of your education. Whilst used to support other subject areas, ICT is very relevant in today’s society as a subject in its own right. Understanding the theory behind ICT will aid your development of all the skills and techniques you will need in the future.

So what is 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 of 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 can be an exciting career choice. From developing software and web sites, to creating multimedia or graphics, to handling data and modelling financial situations, there is a career in ICT for any of us.

With that in mind, let us show you the first steps you will take in your learning journey by outlining the subject and topic areas we will be covering over KS3,4 & 5.

Curriculum outline

If you’re making your GCSE choices now you’re probably 14. Did you know that in the year you were born only 4% of the world’s population had access to the internet?

Which is why back in 1995, shopping, chatting or researching homework on a computer seemed incredible. But now, just 17 years later, over 25% of the human race have been online and the world wide web has transformed the way we communicate and do business.

And that’s just the net. Other advances in digital technology have revolutionised our phones, our cameras, our cars – even the way we watch TV.

You’ve lived through the most significant decade yet in information and communication technologies and you’re the people who understand and use them the most. So who better than you to notch up a GCSE in a subject you already know so much about?

GCSE ICT will qualify you to operate confidently in today’s digital world.

It doesn’t teach you how computers work or how to program them, but it does show you how to use ICT effectively and safely. It’s like the difference between a good driver and a mechanic – you don’t need to know all about what’s under the bonnet to be a good driver. GCSE ICT is a useful, real-world qualification, whether you see your future including university, training or going out to work.

What makes GCSE ICT such a good choice for you?

  • It’s future-proofed. So when new technologies come on stream you’ll learn about them and ditch anything that’s past its sell-by.
  • You’ll have a head start – You’ll be building on stuff you already know – a bit like taking a GCSE in a long-held interest.
  • It’s relevant – Whatever you choose to do later, the skills you learn will help you; at university, at work, in managing your money and operating online.

UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World

In this unit, students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. Students 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 well-being, on the move). They develop 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. Students learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. They put into practice what they learned about digital technology in Unit 1.

Resources

  • Edexcel online GCSE resource.
  • Two purpose-built ICT rooms with modern PCs.
  • Latest design and productivity software from Microsoft, Adobe and Serif

Staff Contacts

  • Mr A Young
  • Mrs E Thompson