Information & Communications Technology
Key Stage 3
At Christleton High School we aim to develop and stimulate students’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Computer Science and I.C.T. Students should gain skills to support lifelong study and prospective employment in a modern technological society.
The department has a suite of 4 dedicated computing rooms, with colour printing facilities, scanners, digital video and still photography. Students have the use of a large number of software applications and packages to support learning.
Topics covered during Key Stage 3 include an emphasis on the safe use of computer systems and online safety, we dedicate at least 1 lesson a half term to esafety. Our esafety topics are taken for new technological developments as well as suggestions from parents and students.
In Key Stage 3 all students attend discrete Computer Science lessons for two periods a fortnight. Students follow a tailored programme of study during Year 7, 8 and 9. This has been designed to incorporate skills in application packages which the students should find useful in other subject areas, together with an understanding of the principles of computer science. The Key Stage 3 roadmap incorporates elements which provide skills for both the computer science and Digital Information Technology (DIT) pathways at Key Stage 4. They include topics such as python programming, system security and data manipulation.
The department ensures they challenge the gender stereotypes that are often associated with the computer science sector, including running a Yr 9 girls in computing day, Yr 8 National computing challenge and Key Stage 4 & 5 Empowering women Day, all of which have inspiring female speakers from the computing community.
ICT is used extensively throughout the school and students have access to ICT facilities in many departments including other ICT rooms and tablet devices.
Key Stage 4
Students can follow 2 potential pathways at Key Stage 4, these are GCSE computer science and Digital Information Technology (DIT). To use a car analogy to explain this, then DIT is like driving the car, it gives you the skills you will find useful for the rest of your life and will help you be more confident whenever you come to use a computer. In comparison Computer Science is like learning to be a mechanic. It gives you the ability to understand what is happening "under the bonnet" and be able to diagnose and fix many problems you might be having. Not everyone needs or wants to know how a car works in order to drive it - just like many students do not care how the computer works, but are more interested in what they can do with the computer instead. If this is the case then DIT is for you!
The Digital Information Technology course is made up of 3 key elements:
|Unit||Assessment||Overview||% Of Final Grade|
|Unit 1 - Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Planning Techniques||Internal||This involves creating an user interface for a large stadium, it allows users to find facilities including refreshments, toilets, exits etc. But whilst incorporating key design ideas and techniques.||30%|
|Unit 2 - Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data||Internal||This involves creating a digital dashboard for a chosen data set, you will analyse the data to identify key trends/or findings which may interest the data users.||30%|
|Unit 3 - Effective Digital Working Practices||External||This is an external exam usually sat during the Jan/Feb series of Yr 11. Pupils will also get a second attempt at this exam in the May/June series if they wish to improve their grade.||40%|
The theory content covers a range of topic areas including computer security to data flow within businesses. Pupils get an opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills in a practical manner and with regular feedback and deadlines.
To find out more information about the course please use the links below:
- Pearson Qualifications: BTEC Tech Awards Digital Information Technology
- Pearson Qualifications: BTEC
Key Stage 5
Please view our Sixth Form Courses Booklet for more information about this subject in Sixth Form.
|Key Stage 3 Learning Journey||Download|
|Level 2 DIT Learning Journey||Download|
|Level 3 BTEC Learning Journey||Download|