Computing/ICT Department Information



In Design Technology we have 6 specialist rooms. These include:


  • A range of specialist computer suites
  • Fully air-conditioned rooms
  • Latest versions of wide range of industry standard software applications
  • Access to range of technology such as tablets etc.


Keystage 3

At Key Stage 3 students learn the following specialist topics:


  • Internet Safety- Learn how to use the Internet and social networking safely and responsibly
  • Coding – Develop programming skills in a range of contexts using various languages
  • Game Design – Design and create your own video game
  • Data Representation – What is binary and how does it work?
  • Computer Systems –Find out all about the components used in the latest technology
  • Software Applications – Become proficient in the same software that is used in college, university and in industry
  • Computer Networks – Learn all about how computers communicate with each other
  • Digital Documents – Produce a range of electronic documents such as:
    • Cinema Information Booklet
    • Restaurant Menu
    • Gym Letter (using mail merge)
    • Multimedia Presentation – all about yourself
    • Web Site – for an outdoor activity company
    • Spreadsheet – to calculate how much money a company is earning
    • Tourist Information booklet – for a city of your choice


  • E-Commerce – Find out how to book holidays including flights, hotel and car hire
  • ICT in Society – Discover how ICT is involved in almost every aspect of our lives, including work, entertainment, education, transport and leisure
  • Animation – Design and create a computer based animation


Keystage 4

At Key Stage 4 students can choose to undertake GCSE Information Communication Technology




Skills Developed

1. Become independent users of ICT

2. Acquire and apply creative and technical skills in a range of areas

3. Enhance your employability skills to compete in the 21 Century workplace

4. Enhance your skills for further education

5. Boost your skills required to be effective in all other subjects

6. Develop your understanding of economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT

7. Work collaboratively and evaluate ICT based solutions


How is the course assessed?

GCSE ICT is assessed by a combination of 2 exams and 2 controlled assignments, all of which will be assessed at the end of Year 11. The units covered are:-


Unit 1: Understanding ICT – 20% of Final Grade - External Assessment: 1½ hours 80 Marks.

This examination paper will assess the requirements of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Information and Communication Technology and the functional elements of ICT in a home and school context.


Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT -30% of Final Grade Controlled Assessment: 22 ½ Hours 80 Marks

This controlled assessment consists of a portfolio of work which shows candidates' attainment in obtaining and interpreting different types of information; using, developing and communicating information to meet the purpose of their studies and presenting the results of their work. This assignment will assess the practical aspects of the functional elements of ICT.


Unit 3: ICT in Organisations - 20% of Final Grade External Assessment: 1½ hours 80 Marks

This exam paper will assess the 'application' content of ICT in a business and industry context.


Unit 4: Developing Multimedia Solutions - 30% of Final Grade Controlled Assessment: 22 ½ hours 80 Marks

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a single task brief issued by WJEC

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