Information and Communication Technology (ICT) prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology.
Increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.
At Key Stage 3 students follow the National Framework requirements for ICT and through a revised Curriculum pupils experience how to use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They also learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.
All students in Key Stage 4 will be studying either for a Level 2 OCR Nationals qualification (equivalent of 1 GCSE) or the CiDA - Certificate in Digital Applications qualification (equivalent of 2 GCSE's).
The OCR Level 2 Nationals in ICT have been developed to recognise learners' skills, knowledge and understanding of Information and Communication Technology functions, environments and operations.
CiDA is a revolutionary new paperless qualification designed to equip students with relevant, practical and transferable IT skills. It is unique in its course content and exam delivery; it is designed to equip students with the skills required by the highly competitive workplace.