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Head of ICT: Mrs Mason

 

"I believe that ICT allows students to develop a better understanding of the world we are now living in, which is essential for any workplace or institute. It encourages students to explore the cyber world, to build on their keyboard, design and creative skills, whilst ensuring they understand how to use technology safely. ICT is something that we all use in everyday life and I feel that it is an essential skill to have."

Departmental Aims

 

The department focuses its aims on both ICT Computer Technology and understanding the risks associated with it, ensuring the students are educated on how to use the cyber world safely. In Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3) ICT is used to develop student’s skills and awareness of essential techniques and good practices required for their GCSE qualification through completion of a number of projects. Therefore, by Years 10 and 11 (Key Stage 4), students' have a sound, underpinning of the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required for their GCSE work.

 

The OCR ‘Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Creative iMedia’ qualification starts in Year 10 where students complete one of the units of coursework and prepare for their initial attempt at the written exam (end of Year 10). During Year 11, students then complete the remaining two coursework units, with further preparation set aside for those students who require further re-sits of the exam.

The OCR ‘Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Creative iMedia' qualification is divided in to 4 areas:

 

  1. Unit R081 - Pre-Productions Skills – written exam – 25% of the qualification
  2. Unit R082 – Creating Digital Graphics – coursework – 25% of the qualification
  3. Two other ‘optional units (chosen by the Department), each worth 25% of the qualification

 

Students in Year 7 ICT will develop basic skills and understanding of ICT and how to use them safely.

 

They will work on the following topics:

 

  • PowerPoint
  • Word Processing
  • Excel
  • Graphics
  • HTML Programming
  • E-Safety

 

In each topic students are assessed in the following areas:

 

  • File and Folder Structure
  • Formatting
  • Adding and Editing Content
  • Planning
  • Using the Internet
  • Meeting the Requirements of the Task
  • Evaluation

 

Students will be given the opportunity to develop these areas in order to meet criteria on their flightpath.

ICT Department

Students in Year 8 ICT will develop basic skills and understanding of ICT and how to use them safely.

 

The students will work on a year-long case study around The Charity Youth Club. They will work on the following topics:

 

  • Graphic Logo Design
  • Excel
  • Word Processing
  • HTML Programming
  • E-Safety

 

In each topic students are assessed in the following areas:

 

  • File and Folder Structure
  • Formatting
  • Adding and Editing Content
  • Planning
  • Using the Internet
  • Meeting the Requirements of the Task
  • Evaluation

 

Students will be given the opportunity to develop these areas in order to meet criteria on their flightpath.

Preparation for, and introduction to, OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia.

 

Year 9 is used as a skills building year, in preparation for students starting their coursework in Year 10. A number of ‘mini projects’ are completed with the aim of students exploring different work-based scenarios where they are required to design, create and evaluate digital solutions and develop their ICT skills.

 

Students' will develop key skills in planning and creating digital media, web programming and multimedia solutions that meet both a client’s and a target audience’s requirements.

The OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia is a 2 year long course which combines coursework (75%) with an exam (25%). The qualification allows you to explore different scenarios where you design, create and evaluate digital solutions and develop your computer skills. You will develop key skills in planning an effective project.

 

  • Coursework – you will complete 3 units of coursework.
    These are marked by your teacher and a sample will be sent to the moderator

 

  • Exam – This is a written exam based on preparing for project work (in particular the documents/systems that are used in preparing for projects). You will have up to 3 attempts at this exam.

 

There are 4 units to complete over the 2 year period and you must complete all 4 units:

 

  • Unit R081 – Pre-Production Skills (Exam)
  • Unit R082 – Digital Graphics (Coursework)
  • 2 Optional units – these will be decided by the school (Coursework)

 

The students will begin to look into R081 and R082 in Year 10. Unit R081 is a paper based exam which is externally assessed. Unit R082 is an internally assessed unit.  The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.

 

It is vital that students meet deadlines as this can affect their overall grade.

The OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Certificate in Creative iMedia is a 2 year long course which combines coursework (75%) with an exam (25%). The qualification allows you to explore different scenarios where you design, create and evaluate digital solutions and develop your computer skills. You will develop key skills in planning an effective project.

 

  • Coursework – you will complete 3 units of coursework.
    These are marked by your teacher and a sample will be sent to the moderator

 

  • Exam – This is a written exam based on preparing for project work (in particular the documents/systems that are used in preparing for projects). You will have up to 3 attempts at this exam.

 

There are 4 units to complete over the 2 year period and you must complete all 4 units:

 

  • Unit R081 – Pre-Production Skills (Exam)
  • Unit R082 – Digital Graphics (Coursework)
  • 2 Optional units – these will be decided by the school (Coursework)

 

In Year 11, students will complete the optional units. These are internally assessed units (coursework). The aim of these units is for learners to continue to develop their skills in the planning, creation and evaluation processes involved in client-led digital projects. It is vital that students meet deadlines as this can affect their overall grade.

 

They will then complete the R081 examination a second/third time (if required) – this is dependent on the result achieved in Y10.

 

All coursework tasks are then sampled and moderated externally by OCR.

 

 

John Spendluffe Technology College

Hanby Lane

Alford

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