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20/09/17

Thank you to our Y11 Parents and Carers who attended tonight's information evening. Your support is much appreciated.

15/09/17

Retweeted From Jon Chaloner

Great to have visited & have 1st Strategy meeting for !

14/09/17

Lovely to welcome so many prospective parents and students to our Open Evening. We hope you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/UmObZpDvhQ

14/09/17

The hall is all set for Open Evening 2017! https://t.co/SKa3peIVUA

14/09/17

Looking forward to our Open Evening today. Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm. https://t.co/kr54HJS68A

13/09/17

We are looking forward to hosting prospective parents/carers at our Open Evening tomorrow night. HT presentations at 5:45pm and 6:45pm.

12/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Great effort from the boys U15 rugby team, who narrowly lost 43-33 in a thriller against 🏉 https://t.co/j60DxrAF7M

08/09/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Extra-Curricular Clubs start on Monday ! Improve your skills, make new friends & have fun! 💪🏻 https://t.co/4LatIrYK7O

08/09/17

Fantastic input from students helping to assess the quality of our catering bids. https://t.co/Dpffv6IHNP

06/09/17

Thank you to our Y9 parents/carers for attending tonight's information evening. As ever, your support is much valued and appreciated.

25/08/17

...and after. The less than welcoming blue fence has gone! https://t.co/G4OZV7uHHR

25/08/17

Before.... https://t.co/GkEyWH36Mp

24/08/17

Thank you to staff, parents/careers and governors for their support in ensuring y11 students achieved so well this year.

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Head Boy and Head Girl on achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results https://t.co/ogHOTK3s7L

24/08/17

Congratulations to our Y11 students who achieved so well in their GCSE exams. Excellent grades but more importantly fantastic young people!

21/07/17

Wishing all members of the school community a safe, happy and restful summer break. See you in September!

19/07/17

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We've just achieved a Silver ! Thank you to staff, students & coaches for supporting School Games https://t.co/G4TRBERBzS

19/07/17

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y9 celebration assembly this morning. Thank you for your support.

18/07/17

Great work from the Student Review Team today who shared their ideas on school improvement with Mr Garner. https://t.co/GTz9vEI8O7

18/07/17

Great feedback given to Mr Garner by the Student Review Team today. https://t.co/Y5MDWyflQz

Head of Department: Mr D Peacefield
email: dan.peacefield@destafford.org.uk  

Overview

ICT (Cambridge Nationals) is extremely relevant to students moving into today’s job markets. This subject trains them in a practical way to respond to the given needs of a variety of businesses in different scenarios. Students will work with a range of pieces of software, such as office, graphics and multimedia software to deliver fully-planned, excitingly-built, and carefully-evaluated solutions. They will also find out how hardware and security fit in to the business environment. This qualification is equivalent to a GCSE and counts towards student and school performance.

There is a heavy coursework bias in this qualification which really suits many students: Coursework - 75%; Exams - 25%.

External Examination

Unit 1 represents 25% of the overall mark and is a 1 hour exam. We take this in January as it works well with the timing of the course and gets one exam out of the way before the main block in the summer exam series. It also means that students can focus single-mindedly on their coursework until the final deadline at the beginning of May in Year 11. We have had excellent results by taking this approach. This unit, "Understanding Computer Systems", will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to use computer systems effectively. Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the systems they use both at home and at school and will explore how these same technologies are used by business organisations.

From personal computers to smartphones, computing devices are an essential feature of the modern world. Technology may be changing every day, but the knowledge and understanding of how to use computers effectively is the same regardless of the technology being used. Computers are powerful devices for the storage and manipulation of data, but how can they be used effectively and the important data they use be stored securely?

On completion of this unit, their regard for their own personal data security and for the security of the data of others will be increased and, overall, learners will be more informed users of computers making them more effective participators in business and social life.

Internally Assessed Controlled Assessment

Unit 2 is compulsory and we choose to cover Unit 5 and Unit 6. Each unit is worth 25% of the final mark.

Unit 2, "Using ICT to create business solutions", is a complex unit which explores skills and knowledge of the various office applications such as spreadsheets, desktop publishing and databases in some depth. They will be required to learn about building an appropriate house-style with self-created logo and asked to apply it consistently throughout their work.

Unit 5, "Creating an interactive product using multimedia components", is an enjoyable unit where students are asked to create a stand-alone multimedia object such as an interactive presentation or a website. They will add animations, videos, sounds and songs as well as a user interactivity such as buttons and a booking form with drop-down menus.

Unit 6, "Creating digital images", is centred around designing a logo and some accompanying advertising images using image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. This will encourage students to gain written and oral feedback on their work from various sources and to try out a number of designs. They have a great deal of freedom within the brief and this is our most popular unit.

Programme of Study

Year 10

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Unit 6 - Graphics

Spring 1

Spring 2

Unit 2 - ICT in Business

Summer 1

Summer 2

Unit 2 - ICT in Business

Year 11

 Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Unit 5 - Multimedia

Unit 1 - Exam prep

Spring 1

Spring 2

Exam in Jan then Unit 5 - Multimedia

Unit 5 - Multimedia

Summer 1

Summer 2

Final deadline for all units: 1st week of May.

N/A

Extended Learning

During the learning for Unit 1 there is an intense programme of extended learning, featuring research and exam preparation, however, there is no homework expected during the controlled assessments and all of the work will be completed in the classroom.

Curriculum Enrichment

We intend to invite visiting speakers from the world of work and ICT into the department throughout the year.