ICT

KS3

Essence Statement

At Lime House School ICT is an integral part of every student’s studies from key stage 3 through to key stage 5.  ICT is taught as a separate subject throughout a student’s life here at Lime House and we offer a range of curriculum choices with ICT to suit every student’s needs.  Students have the opportunity to develop skills using a variety of software that will help them with their studies and future careers.

Course Outline

All pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught ICT for two lessons a week during each of Years 7, 8 and 9. This gives every pupil an excellent opportunity to develop his or her ICT skills to the full.

Pupils at KS3 in Year 7 and 8 broadly follow the QCA Schemes of Work, which have been adapted by us to suit our pupils. Internet safety and responsible use of new technologies is encouraged in year 7.  Students are also taught to use industry standard software including website and multimedia packages. The result is an interesting and varied programme of study, which will motivate pupils and challenge them. 

Students are also taught units of programming, which are challenging yet engaging units which prepares them well for further study at Key Stage 4. 

How will the students be assessed?

Students are assessed at the end of every term for each unit of work covered, on attainment by their teacher. All students are provided with feedback to improve; Levels and effort grades are therefore awarded and are available to parents/guardians

What can you do after this course?

After completion of Key Stage 3, students then move onto the option Key Stage 4 curriculum, this may include GCSE Computing in the near future. Currently you will follow the Cambridge Technicals L2 ICT course.  


KS4 (ICT: OCR Cambridge Technicals Level 2)

Essence Statement

At Lime House School, we allow students at Key Stage 4 the opportunity to develop skills using a variety of software that will help them with their studies and future careers.

Course outline:

Level 2 Cambridge Technicals are vocational qualifications that are designed to give a work-focused alternative to GCSEs. They’ve been designed to give students opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to them. This will enable students to develop research skills whilst studying, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through the qualifications.

Assessment:

The assessment for the qualifications is task-based, so you won’t need to take exams to achieve Cambridge Technicals qualifications. You will complete a number of units and be assessed on the assignment work you produce.

2 Mandatory Units:

Unit 1 - Communicating in the IT Industry
Communication is a vital skill for any individual. The effective use of communication and flexibility of styles within the workplace is essential to maintain good working practice. This unit identifies the different IT tools available for safe and secure communication and exchange of information within an organisation. Learners will consider approaches and adapt the way they communicate, depending on their audience. This unit will prepare learners to effectively use various communication channels, within a working environment.

Unit 2 - Working in the IT Industry
The IT industry is evolving and changing by the year as new technologies are discovered. This unit will allow learners to investigate the types of job roles available in the IT industry and what the industry are looking for in a prospective employee. This unit will prepare learners with the knowledge of their realistic career prospects. The learner will have a greater understanding of the qualifications required for a selected IT job role. The unit will allow the learners to focus on what jobs are available and what characteristics they will need to secure that job.


Optional Units could include:

Unit 9 - Website Development
The Internet is an essential part of everyday life used for shopping, communication, leisure, gaming and finding information to name just a few. Websites are mostly aimed at a specific target audience, while others aim to be inclusive to a wide range of people and can comprise of a range of images, animation, video and sound to add to the user experience. Although including multimedia in websites can be eye-catching, it is important for these websites to be accessible for a variety of users and consider restrictive factors such as the speed of the user’s Internet connection or version of browser they are using. This unit will prepare learners to design, create and test a fully functioning website to meet a client’s specification, while also providing the basic knowledge of the components that aid web accessibility.

Unit 12 - Presenting Information using IT
Using IT is an essential skill in most work environments, and it is essential that when working in the IT sector that learners are able to understand and use the software tools effectively to present a range of information. Learners should develop the ability to correctly choose the most appropriate applications for presenting a range of data to a range of customers and should be able to transfer these skills to other units and other situations where they need to present and communicate information to others. This unit allows learners to understand what software is available to produce different documents and what different documents are used for. They will be able to produce appropriate documents for differing audiences and be able to review them. This unit will allow learners to understand how documents are used in business and how these documents change depending on the audience they are aimed at.

Unit 14 - Computer Systems
The unit aims to provide learners with an introduction to the basic hardware and software components that are part of a computer system. Learners will be given the opportunity to connect components and peripheral devices safely, and to configure software to suit user requirements. This unit is appropriate for learners who are interested in employment as computer technicians.

Unit 16 - Fundamentals of Computer Applications
This unit allows the learner to explore the development and use of computer applications. The learner will understand how computer applications are designed, the need for a consistent approach and be able to explain the tools used. This involves creating a design for a computer application for which they have been given a suitable specification. Learners will be able to produce a simple level of technical documentation for development and testing.

Unit 19 - Mobile Communications Technology
Learners will understand the features and uses of mobile communication devices and be able to compare different devices. Learners will understand how businesses use mobile communication and the benefits and drawbacks of this. Learners will understand the social and legal implications of using mobile technologies. They will also learn how to set up and test mobile communication devices and how to make improvements to the set-up of these devices.


KS5

Essence Statement

At Lime House School, we encourage students at Key Stage 5 to study OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT (Level 3).  Even though this course is relatively new, this course will provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills using a variety of software as well as sticking to a real life context from this, learners are able to develop a high standard of transferable skills, which they will be able to help them in their future careers.

OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT (Level 3)

Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma – Equivalent to 1 A Level A* to C

The OCR Cambridge Technicals in ICT level 3 at Lime House School offer students a more in-depth look at ICT in the modern workplace, and gives an insight into its role in specialist careers. The qualification provides on going learning and assessment of the practical skills and knowledge required to succeed in ICT-related careers.

Students study 6 units during the 2-year course and all units are both internally and externally moderated.  Units are all applied to real life business context so that students are able to use the skills once they leave Lime House.

Students will have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

Introductory Diploma - Students take mandatory units 1-2 plus four optional Units

Certification

All units are internally assessed, and then externally moderated by an OCR Visiting Moderator. There are no external tests or exams, and on-going assessments and moderation can take place at any time

All individual units are graded as Pass, Merit, and Distinction

For students taking individual units, each unit is certificated separately. Full award certificates will be issued where appropriate.

Mandatory Units:

Unit 1 - Communication and Employability Skills for IT.
This unit will equip students to use a variety of communication skills, and provide them with an understanding of the skills an employer wants and how to adapt the message to their audience

Unit 2 - Information systems.
This unit demonstrates the types of information held in the workplace, how it can be used to gain a competitive edge and how it must comply with legislation

Grading

After assessment, each unit is graded Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction. For successful candidates the grade awarded will be displayed on the unit certificate. Each unit that we are currently studying is a 10-credit value; this will be multiplied by the points awarded as below, and then totaled to reach the overall qualification achievement.

In addition, each full qualification will have an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction allocated depending on candidates’ achievements at unit level. To arrive at the grade for the full qualification, we allocate points to each unit as follows:

Unit level Points per credit
  Pass Merit Distinction
Level 3 7 8 9

 

Points range above pass grade Grade
460 – 499 Merit M
500 – 519 Distinction D
520 and above Distinction* D*

How will the students be assessed?

All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by OCR. There are no timetabled examinations for this qualification; candidates may complete units at a time that suits the school. The full award and units from this qualification are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What can you do after this course?

Both these course prepare students well for higher education courses varying from Games Creating, Business Computer, Media and much more.  Students will also be well prepared for industry-based jobs.