Information Technology and Computer Science ensures that students are challenged to become digitally literate (able to use, and develop their ideas, whilst expressing themselves through Information and Communication Technology). Enabling them to be an active participant in a continuously advancing digital world, and achieve the best that they can be.
Information Technology focuses on developing their core knowledge requiring them to be successful through an understanding of increasing threats such as Cybercrime and looking at how to mitigate them. Students will look at both Legal and Ethical considerations throughout their learning journey in KS3 and KS4. They will also develop an understanding of the importance of Data and apply their knowledge to create a fully functioning Dashboard alongside understanding the need for User Interfaces. Along this journey students will be developing their knowledge of Project-Planning Tools, Models and Techniques by utilisation. Students will develop an understanding of what a virtual work environment is and how cloud technologies allow remote teams to work together more effectively. Using cross-curricular link with Business studies students will explore business concepts while developing their knowledge of data modelling and project management.
Computer Science focuses on computational thinking as its core, helping students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence. Applying the Academic principles they learn in the classroom to real-world systems in an exciting and engaging way.
Students studying Information Technology and Computer Science will aspire to be the best they can be personally and encourage a desire to deepen their knowledge and understanding of digital technologies in the wider world. Students will become resilient lifelong learners, equipped with core knowledge and understanding enabling them to progress into their chosen KS4 IT/Computer Science pathway in school, with a good knowledge base and acquire the skills needed for their post 16 courses, higher education and future careers.
The Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.
Alex Finch (Head of ICT) e-mail: [email protected]