ICT

VISION STATEMENT

INTENT

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students work towards the ICT Functional Skills qualification. Through this curriculum, students build up the knowledge and skills to enable them to work effectively on a computer in an office environment. Students will study how to use popular Office applications such as Word-Processors, Spreadsheets, Presentation software, along with Email clients, and searching the internet. They also cover, online safety, hardware, software, and maintenance theory.

Alongside the set curriculum for the Functional Skills qualification, students have the opportunity to work on other aspects of ICT, such as digital design, including using Adobe Photoshop, web design, and computer programming.

Students are taught ICT for 2 sessions per week, in dedicated ICT suites.

Key Stage 3

Through Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to achieve an Entry Level qualification in Computing. The curriculum allows students to develop their understanding of computer programming and how computers work. Students will create their own computer program according to a set criterion. Students are assessed on their understanding of the conversion between binary and denary numbers, flowcharts, logic gates, as well as the parts of a computer, and differing types of software.

Alongside the set curriculum for the Entry Level Certificate, students have the opportunity to work on other aspects of ICT, such as digital design, including using Adobe Photoshop, web design, and online safety.

Students are taught Computing for 2 sessions per week, in dedicated ICT suites.

IMPACT

Key Stage 4

Through learning and achieving the ICT Functional Skills qualification learners are ready for their next stage of education. The skills covered in the Functional Skills curriculum help students as they move into KS5 on a college course or within an apprenticeship.

Today’s generation of employees need to be equipped to cope with the consistently changing modern digital world of employment. This curriculum is designed to give students at WSAPC every opportunity to develop their skills to manage and cope with the rigours of life in the digital marketplace.

Key Stage 3

As a pre-GCSE qualification, the Computing Entry Level Certificate helps to prepare students for their return to mainstream schooling, giving them solid foundations to continue studying the computing subject into Key Stage 4.

Skills learned within the Computing qualification, such as cognitive and problem-solving skills, self-management, resilience and creative solutions can be used across all subjects, as students transition into Key Stage 4, and beyond.

CURRICULUM PLANS

KS3 Computing Framework

KS4 ICT Functional Skills Framework