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ICT and Computing

Creative and productive use of ICT is becoming an essential skill for life due to the increase use of technology in all aspects of society. The teaching of ICT at The Urswick School  aims not only to focus on the mastering of capability with technical skills and techniques, but also ensures students understand and apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly in everyday life and employment. 

We develop learners who can use ICT to find, develop, analyse and present information, as well as to model situations and solve problems. Teaching techniques range from the use of blogs and wikis to group discussions and reasearch, meeting the needs of all users in accessing the curriculum.

Key Stage 3
At KS3, students are taught to use ICT resources effectively and independently. They are given the tools to learn and demonstrate practical competence in digital literacy, information technology and programming.

In digital literacy student are given the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate reasons for, and issues relating to the protection of data by investigating in detail issues around the Data Protection Act, Copyright and Patents Act and the Computer Misuse Act. This is also part of the curriculum which enables students to have a sound knowledge of e-safety.

In the information technology band of the curriculum students are able to get to know and use industry wide software and hardware tools to solve real life issues; from creating websites, developing flash animations and from creating advertisement videos to mobile apps.

In the programming band of the KS3 curriculum, students are attempting to code and to create their own technology. Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow. Through coding students are able to write apps, build games, share them and play them.

Key Stage 4
At KS4 the Department has always aimed to provide a course that meets the needs of all learners. Because of this the Department runs both Edexcel GCSE ICT course and OCR GCSE Computer Science. 

In the GCSE ICT course the department aims to ensure students are able to grasp both practical capability and knowledge to ensure they become confident users of ICT.  Students learn and discuss ICT related issues such as gaming and use of mobile phones to designing and implementing an ICT system for a given organisation. Students are made aware of the historical development of ICT and made to appreciate the development it has made up to now.  For further information on this course you can click here.

In GCSE Computer Science students are given a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. It offers an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.  To find more about this qualification you can go to OCR Computing website. 

Key Stage 5
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT