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Brooke Weston

Post 16 Studies

ICT

The ICT department consists of a number of dedicated ICT suites, each containing up-to-date equipment including PCs, scanners, laser printers and interactive whiteboards. The department also has an extensive library of software ranging from word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications to audio visual, animation and desk top processing. This allows students a wide range of choice in how to produce work in order to satisfy learning outcomes. We have also invested in a number of digital still and video cameras in addition to green screen capabilities allowing for special effects to be created. In addition to these resources, open study areas, the library and a wireless network allow students to access their work both in and out of lessons.

Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate in IT

Exam Board OCR
Assessment 3 exam and 2 Coursework units
Overview The Cambridge Technical level 3 Extended Certificate in IT encapsulates a wide range of both theoretical and vocational skills and is an ideal foundation for learners entering the workplace. It is delivered using real-world examples in which learners can apply the relevant theory using these relevant case studies. The extended certificate is equivalent to one A level.
Units studied

The theory that is covered in the 3 core units (1,2 and 3) cover a wide spectrum of subjects and include computer hardware, software and applications, information storage and how organisations use information, cyber threats, vulnerabilities and risks for both individuals and organisations.

Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT - Exam Unit 2 - Global Information - Exam
Unit 3 - Cyber Security - Exam
Unit 8 - Project Management - Internally assessed externally moderated
Unit 9 - Project Management - Internally assessed externally moderated
Future pathways Students of ICT go on to study a range of subjects at degree level. Many university courses offer ICT modules which this course would support. ICT is a valuable subject over a range of careers and there are very few careers for which ICT would not be a useful supporting qualification.

A level in Computer Science

Exam Board OCR
Assessment 1 exam and 2 controlled assessments
Overview The Computer Science qualification is relevant to the modern and changing world of computing. The course focuses on programming and emphasises the importance of computational thinking as a discipline. The qualification has an expanded maths focus, much of which is embedded within the course and has computational thinking at its core. This helps students to develop the skills to solve problems, design systems and understand human and machine intelligence.
Units studied

The Computer Science A level covers a range of core skills in (Units 1 and 2). The optional units offered to complete this qualification are ones which, based on past experience, students find highly motivating.

1 - Computer Systems - Exam
2 - Algorithms and programming - Exam
3 - Programming project - Internally assessed and externally moderated controlled assessment coursework.

Within the project candidates will be expected to investigate and solve a problem using programming techniques.

Future pathways Students of Computer Science can go on to study a range of subjects at degree level. Many university courses offer Computer Science degrees which this course would support and lead on from. Computer Science is a valuable subject over a range of careers including web development, computer programming and software development. There are very few careers for which Computer Science would not be a useful supporting qualification.