ICT & MEDIA

Digital Media & Digital Technology Department Vision

At key stage 3, the curriculum encompasses Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Media, embracing a wide range of topics and themes. Our aim is to offer a variety of tasks to allow all our pupils to experience and develop a wide range of skills whilst being able to acquire a good understanding of how life is affected by the digital world we live in.

At key stage 4, the curriculum is split into two distinct curriculum subject areas: Digital Media and Digital Technology.

All classes at key stage 3 and 4 are taught within mixed ability groups.

Digital Media

Pupils choosing to follow the Digital Media programme of study will complete the course offered by NCFE. There are four units of work that must be completed as well as a 15-hour practical exam. They will learn how plan, design and create a mixture of interactive media products and then showcase these within a digital e-portfolio.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what is required for the development of an interactive media product
  • Experiment with interactive media products and their production in relation to a brief
  • Review their experimentation with interactive media products
  • Understand how to produce a proposal to meet a brief
  • Produce a proposal meeting the requirements of a brief/Produce planning for an interactive media product meeting the requirements of the brief and proposal
  • Review the proposal and the planning of an interactive media product
  • Understand how to use appropriate software and hardware for the development and creation of an interactive media product and its assets
  • Create an interactive media product to meet a brief
  • Review their working processes and their interactive media product
  • Understand how to promote their skills and present an interactive media product in the creative media industry
  • Present an interactive media product and promote their skills
  • Review the presentation of their interactive media product and promotion of their skills

 

Digital Information Technology

Pupils choosing to follow the Digital Information Technology programme of study will complete a B-TEC course offered by Pearsons. There are three components of work that must be completed: two are coursework units lasting 36 hours each and the third is an external practical exam lasting 1.5 hours with a guidance of 48 learning hours.

Pupils will explore the following topics within each component:

Component 1: Exploring user interface design principles and project planning techniques

Investigate user interface design for individuals and organisations

Use project planning techniques to plan and design a user interface

Develop and review a user interface

Component 2: Collecting, presenting and interpreting data

Investigate the role and impact of using data on individuals and organisations

Create a dashboard using data manipulation tools

Draw conclusions and review data presentation methods

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

Modern technologies

Cybersecurity

Sharing data

Planning and communication in digital systems

 

Computer Science

At key stage 5, we are currently offering A level Computer Science. The exam board for this course is AQA.

This course requires 240 contact hours across two years for the A-level, timetabled as four one-hour lessons per week. Home learning is set both to extend and to reinforce the skills and concepts taught in class.

A-level specifications in computer science encourage students to develop:

  • an understanding of, and the ability to apply, the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • the ability to analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including writing programs to do so
  • the capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the capacity to see relationships between different aspects of computer science
  • mathematical skills related to:
  • Boolean algebra
  • comparison and complexity of algorithms (A-level only)
  • number representations and bases
  • the ability to articulate the individual (moral), social (ethical), legal and cultural opportunities and risks of digital technology.

 

MAIN TOPICS COVERED

YEAR 7 ·       Ethics Awareness & Online Safety

·       Scratch Programming

·       Binary number system

·       Digital Imagery Fireworks

·       Python Programming

·       Spreadsheets

YEAR 8 ·       Internet awareness Cyberbullying

·       Binary ASCII coding

·       Flash Animation

·       Python programming

·       Internet awareness & consequences of own actions

·       Webpages

YEAR 9

Digital Media

·       Introduction to media products.

·       Research and review existing products

·       Practice and experimentation

·       Animation creation

·       Image manipulation

·       Audio editing

·       Webpage authoring

·       Video embedding

YEAR 9

Digital Technology

·        Component 1: Exploring user interface design principles and project planning techniques

·        Component 2: Collecting, presenting and interpreting data

YEAR 10

Digital Media

·       Unit 01 Investigate interactive media production

·      Unit 02 Plan and prepare for an interactive media product

YEAR 11

Digital Media

·       Unit 03 Development and production of an interactive media product

·      Unit 04 Present and promote an interactive media product

YEAR 11

Digital Technology

·       Component 1 Assessment

·       Component 2: Collecting, presenting and interpreting data

·      Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

 

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