ICT

Teachers

  • Luke Borland (Director of Learning)
  • Carol Maxwell

Computing and ICT Department Information

The Computing and ICT department at HCC currently has two full time members.

Key Stage 3

All key stage 3 classes get one lesson of Computing and ICT per week. Our curriculum covers a wide range of areas in order to give students a breadth of understanding. Students will develop skills and understanding of programming techniques whilst discovering how computer hardware functions, data is processed and how software can be utilised to improve our everyday lives. We also pay close attention to E-Safety. Every student will study a program of lessons to enable them to use technology appropriately as well as recognise and respond to possible online misuse that they may encounter during the course of their lives.

Key Stage 4

Students have the option to study Computer Science GCSE. This is a challenging subject which requires logical thinking, a solid understanding of mathematics and the ability to apply these creatively. This is highly recommended for students who have a passion for computing and mathematics. If they have enjoyed coding previously this would also be an advantage. This course is very different from the study of ICT and there is very little use of software applications.

We also offer the ECDL ICT skills GCSE equivalent qualification. This professional qualification provides students with skills in popular office applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel, perfect for their transition to the working world.

Key Stage 5

We are currently looking at possible options for Key stage 5 courses in light of recent government changes to the Computing and ICT curriculum. If you would like to know more, please contact the department.

ICT Facilities

We have a six dedicated ICT suites, which are furnished with PC’s running Windows 10. In addition, there are three further rooms which are shared with Business Studies. There are also a number of smaller ICT rooms within individual departments. Software packages that are used regularly include; Microsoft Office, The Serif application suite, Python, Scratch, Kodu and others. In addition all lesson content can be accessed via our Firefly page from home via laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Year group or Course title

Year 7

Course content

Introduction

Programming with Kodu game lab

What happens inside the computer?

Hardware, software and data representation

E-Safety

Assessment

Assessment is based on the assessment criteria provided by CAS. SIR assessment takes place at least once per term.

Equipment Needed

Standard school equipment. It is recommended that students have access to recommended software at home but this is not a requirement.

Homework

Homework is set at least once per term.

Enrichment opportunities

Computer science club.

 

Year group or Course title

Year 8

Course content

Websites and HTML

Control and FLOWOL

Spreadsheets

Scratch projects

Python programming

Making an app using APPShed

Assessment

Assessment is based on the assessment criteria provided by CAS. SIR assessment takes place at least once per term.

Equipment Needed

Standard school equipment. It is recommended that students have access to recommended software at home but this is not a requirement.

Homework

Homework is set at least once per term.

Enrichment opportunities

Computer science club.

 

 

Year Group or Course title

GCSE Computer Science

Course content

 

Assessment

Assessment is mixed between controlled assessment and examination.

Those students completing in 2017 will sit one exam worth 40% and two coursework pieces worth 30% each.

Those students completing from 2018 onwards will sit two exams worth 40% each and submit one exam worth 20%

Equipment Needed

Standard school equipment. It is recommended that students have access to recommended software at home but this is not a requirement.

Homework

Homework is set twice per term.

Enrichment opportunities

Computer science club.