The ICT department remains at the cutting edge of ICT education in Preston. Our pupils use computers with confidence
The pupils in lower school now follow a scheme of work in Years 7, 8 and part of Year 9 which incorporates all the National Curriculum requirements. These units are delivered every half term and run as follows;
- 7.1a CTK Presentations - Powerpoint
- 7.1b Control - Flowal
- 7.2a Spreadsheets - Excel
- 7.2b Web Design - Dreamweaver
- 7.3a Data Analysis - Access
- 8.1a Podcasting - Audacity
- 8.1b Newsletter - Publisher
- 8.2a Control 2, Security Systems - Flowal
- 8.2b Spreadsheets 2, Maths Challenge - Excel
- 8.3a Data Analysis 2, Music Charts - Access
- 8.3b Web Design 2, Young Apprentice - Dreamweaver
- 9.1a Film Making – Movie Maker.
Added to this each pupil will get 2 Extended Learning Tasks (ELT) each year. These focus on E Safety and ICT use at home and in the outside world.
The ICT Department is in its fourth year of delivering the OCR Level 2 Nationals in ICT to Year 10 and 11.
Outline of the course:
The course is broken up into a series of units, which will last either 60 hours or 30 hours (estimate only). These are then cashed in against a suite of qualifications that come under the OCR Nationals umbrella.
|Unit 1||ICT Skills for Business||(Mandatory)||60 hours|
|Unit 2||Webpage Creation||(Option)||60 hours|
|Unit 3||Digital Imaging||(Extra Option)||60 hours|
|Unit 4||Design and Produce Multimedia Products||(Option)||60 hours|
|Unit 5||Desktop Publishing||(Option)||60 hours|
|Unit 6||Spreadsheets||(Extra Option)||60 hours|
|Unit 7||Databases||(Extra Option)||60 hours|
|Unit 20||Creating Animation||(Extra Option)||30 hours|
|Unit 21||Creating Computer Graphics||(Option)||30 hours|
|Unit 22||Creating Sound using ICT||(Extra Option)||30 hours|
|Unit 23||Creating Video||(Extra Option)||30 hours|
OCR National Qualifications
|First Award in ICT||90 Hours||1 GCSE (A-C)|
|Award in ICT||180 Hours||2 GCSE (A-C)|
|First Certificate in ICT||270 Hours||3 GCSE (A-C)|
|Certificate in ICT||360 Hours||4 GCSE (A-C)|
Pupils produce assignments which are marked by the ICT Department then submitted for moderation by the exam board. There are no exams but pupils start to produce coursework for submission from their first lesson in Year 10. Most pupils will be entered for the Award and the First certificate with pupils who show extra interest and potential being changed over to the Certificate in Year 11.
From September 2011 we will be starting the New OCR National in ICT. This course requires our students to complete more coursework however it is possible to acquire a grade equivalent to A*. As such Year 9 has begun to produce projects towards this qualification. We will be following the same units above however it will not be possible for our students to complete the Certificate in ICT worth 4 GCSE’s.