ICT

ICT

Studying ICT at Tollbar helps our students develop the skills and knowledge required to help them compete in the modern, digital world.

Please explore these pages to find out more about what we offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To enhance children's quality of learning through the effective delivery of Computer Science GCSE and ICT.
  • To raise attainment by creating a target-orientated highly driven culture based on the enhancement of ICT skills and creative use of them in coursework.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students utilising all the ICT resources to hand.
  • To manage and create resources to ensure maximum benefit ensuring all resources are of outstanding quality and are accessible as easily as possible.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of all subjects within the Curriculum Area.
  • To be proponents of lifelong learning by continually training and developing new skills using the latest technology.

Knowledge & Skills

Whilst studying ICT, students learn to use a wide range of applications and learn how to use these tools to create various products ranging from databases and spreadsheets to complex animations and websites. Students will study in detail many aspects of digital multimedia including web design, graphics, animation, sound production, video production and editing and digital music production.

Resources & Facilities

Currently there are seven dedicated ICT classrooms equipped for multi-media design and general ICT work. All the classrooms have projectors. Resources are always being reviewed and updated; recently a fully digital recording studio has been purchased along with various music and sound production equipment including a studio quality condenser microphone and several Digital Audio Workstations. We also have several digital and analogue cameras for video and still pictures and also have graphics tablets for multimedia and technical drawing packages.

Our main resource is our vast array of software. For instance, we have access to the latest version of Adobe's Creative Studio 4 (CS4) including:

Photoshop: A digital media editing application for editing images.

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Flash: An animation application that can be used for creating various multimedia applications such as videos, animations, games, and software which is the industry-leading authoring environment for creating engaging interactive experiences.

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Dreamweaver: Used to design, develop, and maintain standards-based websites and applications.

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Illustrator: This is a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple artboards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design.

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In-design: This is the foundation for dynamic publishing - in both print and digital media.

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MS Office: We have the full Microsoft office suite for creating documents, spreadsheets and databases.

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Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Throughout Year 7 and Year 8, students will complete a mix of ICT and Computer Science units which will provide them with a good understanding of the two subjects and develop their overall knowledge.

In ICT students will complete units including Digital Literacy, E-Safety and Computer Systems. In Computer Science units they will develop their understanding of an algorithm as well as learn basic programming in Python and HTML.

Key Stage 4

ICT

ICT teaches our students how to choose the right digital tool for the job and how to increase their productivity. A vital aspect of the course is to ensure that students understand the importance of using computer systems safely and how to be secure when online.

ICT enables students to build an invaluable skillset that opens doors for their futures. Through studying this course students will get the chance to think creatively, logically and critically in their production of digital solutions.

Potential projects include Multimedia and Video Production, IT Security, Microsoft Office etc. Studying ICT gives students the knowledge and understanding to use a variety of software packages which are commonly utilised in all lines of business, education and industry.

Students will have a secure foundation of knowledge and skills that are needed to progress into further study of Computing or ICT-related courses at KS5, or even ICT-related apprenticeships.

Computer Science

This course is designed to give students in-depth understanding of how computer technology works.

The course will help students learn about critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving.

Students will develop theoretic understanding of computers, learning about computer architecture, networks and representation of data. Students will learn 3 programming languages which include Python, Greenfoot and Assembly language which they will use to create a number of different programs.

Key Stage 5

ICT A level (Year 13: September 2017-June 2018 only)

Students will develop their understanding of IT and how it is used within different environments and the benefits of using IT systems.

The course is structured the same for both AS Level and A2 Level with 60% exam and 40% coursework.

In the AS Level the students will develop their understanding of a number of different topics including IT use in Healthcare, Education, Business and Networks. The students will produce course work based on a real life client situation producing DTP, mail merges and presentations for their clients.

In the A2 Level students will study in detail a number of topics including System Life Cycle, Networks and Working with IT. For the course work students will again work with a real life client producing a working database for the business showing the design, production and testing of the system.

Cyber Security (Year 12: September 2017-June 2018 only)

This A Level Technical Award gives you the chance to learn both practical and theatrical skills of networking and network security.

Students will develop their understanding of the following elements: Computing Principles, Communications Technologies, Maintaining Networks and Understanding Network Threats. This course is broken down with 2 external exams and 2 written assessments.

Media

The A Level Media Studies specification is based on the theoretical framework for analysing and creating media, which provides learners with the tools to develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the media. The framework consists of four inter-related areas:

  • Media Language: how the media through their forms, codes, conventions and techniques communicate meanings;
  • Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups;
  • Media Industries: how the media industries' processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and platforms;
  • Audiences: how media forms target, reach and address audiences, how audiences interpret and respond to them, and how members of audiences become producers themselves.

Learning Outside The Classroom

ICT Club

Students are invited to attend ICT club at break and lunch times to do anything from coursework to creating flash games. Students can also receive more in depth tutorials from staff regarding specific skills regarding ICT such as game creation and web design.

Coursework Catch-Up

There are numerous sessions during the year where students are invited to attend coursework catch-up sessions after school and at weekends and during half-term where they can come in and do their work in a relaxed atmosphere with more one to one help from staff.

Programming Club

Students from all years can learn how to program in various programming languages such as Scratch, AppInventer and Javascript. This can develop existing skills or build new ones that will help them in undertaking Computer Science qualifications.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

After completing this course, you will benefit from:

  • Opportunities for students who may wish to be employed in the IT industry or organisations that primarily use ICT.
  • Having a good progression route to more advanced qualifications.
  • Having access to extensive resources offered to students who wish to learn about particular ICT areas in more depth, such as web design or multimedia; all students are encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities to use their skills.
  • Having the opportunity to gain qualifications can be used as a means to enter industry or university to study any IT related degree such as Computer Science, Graphic Design or Multimedia.

E-Safety

Download the E-Safety document below for more information.

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David J Hampson
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