The course covers the latest in digital technology and is up to date and relevant in today’s digital world. The course structure is different to previous courses we have offered in ICT, in that students will complete 60% worth of controlled assessments & a 40% exam towards the end of the course.
Students will study two units which will build on what they have studies at Key Stage 3. These units may include
• Unit 1 - Living in a Digital World - You will learn about current and emerging technologies and how they impact our lives. This is the theory module and will be externally assessed with a 40% exam.
• Unit 2 - Using Digital Tools - This is the controlled assessment section for Unit , this is where you will put into practice everything learnt in Unit 1. This is worth 60% of your final grade.
Single Award (1 GCSE) - In the single award students will complete Unit 1 & 2
Depending on how well students work, they may have the opportunity to complete the double award, which will require them to complete an additional two units of work and allow them to obtain 2 GCSE’s.
As a department we try and encourage students to use technology as much as possible. We currently run a joint Technology & ICT Robotics club. Students build an advanced control system (Robot) and are then able to control the behaviour of the robot by using programming. Students can start with simple programming and building skills and can then progress to creative designs and engineering solutions.