The ICT Department

Thomas MilesThe ICT department is part of the Enterprise & Technology faculty which also includes Computer Science, Business Studies as well as Design & Technology.
The department gives students a vast and exciting curriculum from year 7 through to year 13. 

The College also works in partnership with the Microsoft Academy to further develop the education needs of our students.

Year 7

Students learn skills in ICT in a range of software packages ranging from Microsoft PowerPoint to Microsoft Access. These skills are developed through a range of projects including designing a new Safari park in Wales called Welsh Safari.

Year 8

In year 8, students develop their skills further. They hunt down suspects of a murder using Microsoft Access as well as launching a tour for a rock band. They design and create documents to promote the event as well as design and create products from t-shirts to mugs. In computing, students expand on the programming skills developed in year 7 by using Logical programming and Kodu.

Year 9

In year 9, students demonstrate and further advance the skills they have developed in year 8. They will have a vast and challenging curriculum which will also result in the completion of Essential Skills Wales ICT level 2.

Computer Science

This qualification is modern, challenging and highly enjoyable. Students learn to develop software packages by programming in Java, as well as developing their understanding of how a computer work.
The course Spans year 10 and 11 with two exams at the end one written paper and one on screen exam.

Year 10

Students begin either GCSE ICT or the new MOS/ITQ qualification in ICT. Both qualifications challenge students skills and understanding of the applicability of word processing, presentation, data modelling and website development. Both qualifications will have examinations.

Year 11

In year 11, students complete GCSE ICT and BTEC level 2 First ICT. Both qualifications are challenging and enjoyable and offer students a highly valuable and sought after qualification.
All students also complete Essential Skills Wales level 2 (compulsory) as well as Level 3 as an option for advanced Welsh Bacc.

Year 12 & 13

Post 16 students complete BTEC level 3 IT. This is a rigorous qualification where students focus on Animation, Advanced Website development, Advanced level databases and Computer Architecture.

 

GCSE Past Papers