Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 pupils will learn how to use Microsoft Office to address the 4 strands of ICT in the National Curriculum, that is, Communicating Information, Modelling, Using Databases and Sharing & Exchanging Information. Pupils will then be able to apply and use these ICT skills in other subjects.

Pupils are also taught how to be discerning and responsible users of the Internet.

Year 7:
In Year 7, the pupils will create Internet Safety Posters, a Football League spreadsheet model, a European Football Stars database and animations. They will also set up and use Office365 to send and receive school emails.

Year 8:
In Year 8, the pupils will create Internet Safety Newsletters, School Leaflets, a DVD Database, their own database and animations. They will also use their outlook web application to send and receive school emails with attachments.

Year 9:
In Year 9, the pupils will research and create posters, newsletters, a database and a spreadsheet model that will lead to an ESW qualification in ICT. They will also use Serif MoviePlus X3 to make short films.

Key Stage 4

Pupils will identify and solve real problems by designing information and communication systems in a wide range of contexts related to their personal interests.

ICT helps to develop pupils' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

The course builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established at KS3, enabling the pupils to become competent users of word processing, modelling, data handling and multimedia software and to be autonomous users of ICT.

Pupils will also become familiar with the different applications and effects of ICT at home, in school, in business and in industry.

The specification is divided into a total of 4 units:

  Weighting Marks UMS
Unit 1 Understanding ICT 20% 80 40
Unit 2 Solving problems with ICT 30% 80 60
Unit 3 ICT in organisations 20% 80 40
Unit 4 Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions 30% 80 60

 

Unit 1 20% 1.5 hours Examination Paper
This examination will assess the requirements of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Information and Communication Technology and the functional elements of ICT in a home and school context.
Unit 2 30% 22.5 hours Controlled Assessment
This controlled assessment consists of a portfolio of work which shows pupils' attainment in obtaining and interpreting different types of information; using, developing and communication information to meet the purpose of their studies and presenting the results of their work. This assignment will assess the practical aspects of the functional elements of ICT.
Unit 3 20% 1.5 hours Examination Paper
This examination paper will assess the ‘application’ content of ICT in a business and industry context.
Unit 4 30% 22.5 hours Controlled Assessment
This controlled assessment will give pupils the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a single task brief issued by the WJEC.

Key Stage 5

This course encourages pupils to become more discerning users of ICT, to develop the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a wide range of contexts to solve problems; understand the consequences of using ICT, have an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society. The specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units.

The WJEC AS ICT course consists of the following units: Unit IT 1 Information Systems and Unit IT 2 Presenting Information.

    Weighting within AS Weighting within Advanced
IT1 Information systems 60% 30%
IT2 Presenting Information Task 40% 20%

 

IT1 30% 2Hrs 15 Mins Written Paper
A written paper of two sections, A and B, presented in a question and answer booklet. There are no optional questions. Quality of written communication is assessed in two questions.

Pupils will be required to prepare a business spreadsheet, in advance of the written paper. Hard copies of the spreadsheet are taken into the examination and used to answer questions in Section B. This spreadsheet is submitted with the completed examination paper.
IT2 20%   Internal Assessmemt
Pupils undertake DTP and multimedia tasks, presenting the outcome for internal assessment and moderation by WJEC.

The WJEC A2 ICT course consists of the following units: Unit IT 3 Use and Impact of ICT and Unit IT4 Relational Databases.

  Weighting within A2 Weighting within Advanced
IT3 Uses and Impact of ICT 60% 30%
IT4 Relational Database Project 40% 20%

 

IT3 30% 2hrs 30mins Written Paper
A written paper of two sections, A and B, presented as a question paper requiring a separate answer booklet. Pupils answer all questions in Section A and one from two in Section B. Quality of written communication is assessed in two questions.
IT4 20%   Internal Assessment
Pupils analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a realistic problem of their choice requiring the use of a relational database.

This is a substantial piece of work, undertaken over an extended period of time. It is internally assessed and moderated by WJEC.