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KS3

Y7 – We follow our own curriculum as an academy, which is entirely tailored to students' needs at KS4. Thus students have opportunities to develop their skills towards our age related expectations in units of work based around ICT, Business and Computing. In Y7 this involves broad topics called The Web, Programming and Hardware, Software, Networks and Binary. There is considerable scope for groups to request 'more' of topics that they have enjoyed towards the end of the year.

Y8 – Units of work include Multimedia and Graphics, Data Handing and Security, Responsibility and Laws.

KS4

Computing - GCSE
From September 2017, all of our GCSE Computing students will be studying OCR’s 9-1 Computing course. This involves very specialist learning units on Computer Systems, Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming, and a Programming Project. The project consists 20% of the qualification; the other topics are assessed through 2 examinations. This course satisfies those with a very specialist interest in how computers do what they do for us.

ICT – Cambridge National Certificate
This is a course for the user of ICT and is very different to the GCSE Computing. Units cover the basic Office Applications as well as web design. This represents 75% of the course and is assessed through 3 controlled assessments. There is also a short exam based on a pre-released case study about a real business’ use of IT.

Business - Tech Award
60% of the course consists of 2 assignments/controlled assessments focussed on developing and exploring business skills in a specific context. This covers marketing, people, operations, production, IT, retail, online business and enterprise or 'starting your own business'. There is also an exam which consists 40% of the course and is based in a pre-released case study.

ITQ - Entry Level 1/Level 1
This is the common IT users’ qualification that is used in the world of work by a number of awarding bodies. It involves several assignments that require the use of chosen software to solve given problems. It is an open systems course, giving the user the opportunity to use their method of choice to solve problems.

ECDL Level 2 Cert in IT Applications
This is the widely recognised industry standard 'license', which provides evidence that the user is proficient at Level 2 in basic Office Applications and can apply them in a holistic scenario. Most Y11 students study this in a variety of ways - the aim is to reward the Office skills that they have built up, following up to 10 years of using the software. Generally, it requires some extra study to sharpen skills with spreadsheets, and some of the more complex techniques within Word. All testing for this is via an online platform with instant results, which most students really engage with very well.