Information Technology

The St George’s ICT and Computer Science course is composed of  two subjects:

1. ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

This focuses on the creative and productive use and application of technology and computer systems.

2. Computer Science 
This is the study of the foundational principles and practices of computation and computational thinking and their application in the design and development of computer systems.

The two subjects overlap and are taught as a combined subject in Years 7, 8 and 9 and as two option subjects from Year 10 onwards.

Our aim is to help pupils think in a more logical way and become better at making decisions and problem solving.

Students learn about how different parts of a computer work together and why they work like that. In addition, we develop skills in programming systems and start to understand how computers communicate via networks.

We then look at how important Technology is in today’s society and the impact and issues that can arise from using computer systems and how to improve them.

ICT and Computing is fast developing in school and our aim is to offer pupils the opportunity to be involved in this by experiencing some elements of programming at KS3 so that they have a strong foundation for KS4 and KS5 if they wish to study it.

Our aim is to ensure that they develop ICT and problem solving capabilities that are directly transferable, not only to other subjects but also to the KS4 curriculum and beyond.

Staff

Ms M Cheng - Head of Department
Ms H Patel - Lead for BTEC ICT

 

Want to find out more? 
If you wish to find out more about Computer Science at St George’s please feel free to contact Ms M Cheng at 
M.Cheng@stgeorgesrc.org

If you wish to find out more about ICT at St George’s please feel free to contact Ms H Patel at H.Patel@stgeorgesrc.org

We provide pupils a broad and useful education in the world of technology, so that they have the opportunity to become confident independent learners. They will be given the chance to explore a variety of aspects of Computer Science and ICT.

As well as focusing on computational thinking, which develops problem-solving skills and logical thinking, our pupils learn practical IT skills, digital literacy and begin to understand the principles of computer networks and hardware, as well as considering the impact of computers on society.

In Year 9 pupils explore these concepts further, learning to deconstruct more challenging problems and develop efficient algorithms in the form of flowcharts, pseudo-code and executable programs.

Topics taught in Key Stage 3:

Year 7

  • E-Safety & Networking (E-Safety)
  • Computers hardware
  • Digital literacy (PowerPoint) 
  • Data representation (Binary numbers) 
  • Computational Thinking (Flowchart) 
  • Scratch programming

Year 8

  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues (Digital Footprint)
  • Networking (Internet and Web Browsers)
  • Computers (Software and Storage)
  • Digital literacy (Image editing)
  • Data Representation (Data representation using binary numbers)
  • Computational Thinking (Decomposition and Abstraction)
  • Python Programming

Year 9

  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues (Internet Safety and the Legal Impact of Using Technology)
  • Networking (Network Hardware and Topology)
  • Computers (Software, Memory, Storage and the CPU)
  • Digital literacy (HTML project)
  • Data Representation (Logic gates, Binary Addition, Image Representation, Sound Representation, Python Programming, Conditional Statement, Python Loop, List and Functions)

Useful resources

https://turtleacademy.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvc9q6f

Assessment details   

Pupils are levelled at the end of each half term through topic tests and practical tasks. It is expected that all pupils will make two sub-levels of progress a year in order to reach their target grade. In order to support our pupils to do the very best they can.

At Key Stage 4 the department offers two subjects which lead to two pathways of study to suit the needs of our pupils at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

We regularly review the ICT and Computing curriculum to ensure that all our pupils develop up to date knowledge and skills fit for the 21st century workplace and needs of the society. We look to provide an exciting and innovative curriculum with different pathways to suit the needs of our pupils.

We currently offer the following:

1. Information Technology (Edexcel)
Level 2 BTEC in Digital Information Technology

The Pearson Edexcel BTEC Tech Award in Digital Information Technology is a qualification which for pupils who like creative computing. It equips young people with the knowledge, understanding and skills to create effective digital products and to work appropriately within the digital environment.

Topics covered are:

Unit 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

Pupils will:

  • Explore user interface design and development principles
  • Investigate how to use project planning techniques to manage a digital project
  • Discover how to develop and review a digital user interface

Unit 2: Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data

Pupils will:

  • Explore how data impacts on individuals and organisations
  • Analyse and draw conclusions and make recommendations on data intelligence
  • Develop a dashboard using data manipulation tools

Unit 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

Pupils will:

  • Explore how modern information technology is evolving
  • Consider legal and ethical issues in data and information sharing
  • Understand what cyber security is and how to safeguard against it.

 

2. Computer Science GCSE (OCR)

Component 01: Computer systems

Introduces pupils to the central processing unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, data representation, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software. It also looks at ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with computer science.

Component 02: Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Pupils apply knowledge and understanding gained in component 01. They develop skills and understanding in computational thinking: algorithms, programming techniques, producing robust programs, computational logic and translators.

Practical programming

Pupils are to be given the opportunity to undertake a programming task(s) during their course of study which allows them to develop their skills to design, write, test and refine programs using a high-level programming language. Pupils will be assessed on these skills during the written examinations, in particular component 02 (section B).

At Key Stage 4 the department at offers two subjects which lead to two pathways of study to suit the needs of our pupils at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Computer Science and Information Technology.

We regularly review the ICT and Computing curriculum to ensure that all our pupils develop up to date knowledge and skills fit for the 21st century workplace and needs of the society. We look to provide an exciting and innovative curriculum with different pathways to suit the needs of our pupils.

We currently offer the following:

1. Information Technology (Edexcel)
Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Information Technology

The Pearson Edexcel BTEC Nationals in Information Technology is a qualification which is a modern, work-related qualification which progresses into higher education or. Pupils develop high-level skills employers and universities look for such as teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills the opportunity to build independent research and study skills essential for success at university and in the work-place.

Topics covered are:

Unit 1                   Information and Technology Systems (External Assessment)

Unit 2                   Creating Systems to Manage Information (External Assessment)

Unit 3                   Using Social Media in Business (Internal Assessment)

Unit 6                   Web Development (Internal Assessment)

 

2. Computer Science A-Level (OCR)

At AS level, the pupils will need to demonstrate the ability to research the different topics and gather and present information to their peers.  They will also need to learn how to use a range of software applications effectively including a scripting language and demonstrate the skills needed to participate in the operation and development of real ICT organisations.

Topics covered are:

  • Components of a computer
  • Systems software
  • Software development
  • Exchanging data
  • Networks and web technologies
  • Data types
  • Data structures
  • Boolean algebra
  • Legal, moral, ethical and cultural issues
  • Computational thinking
  • Programming techniques
  • Algorithms
Studying ICT or Computer Science can lead into many opportunities in the technology sector and many others as technology continues to develop around us. 
Possible specialist careers with Computer Science include:
Application analyst
Applications developer
Cyber security analyst
Data analyst
Database administrator
Forensic computer analyst
Game designer
Games developer
Information systems manager
IT consultant
Software engineer
Systems analyst
UX designer
Web designer
Web developer