Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
- RJ Heysmond MA
- Mrs A Golding MA
In the ICT and Computer Science Department at Christ College we seek to: -
- Encourage emancipated, self-directing learners with excellent career prospects by setting problems that require tenacity and independent research.
- Develop capabilities in solving deep multidimensional problems which require sensitivity to a variety of concerns, by using real life case studies.
- Recognise that ICT and Computing are a part of the most dynamic areas of the tertiary sector - making sure that we engage students in collaborative learning as well as encouraging individual flair and imagination to succeed in this market.
The UK is a world leader in the creative digital industries. However, there is growing recognition that we need to build on and improve the UK’s capability and capacity for technical innovation and creativity in this area. In Year M10, therefore, students are offered the opportunity to study the Pearson Edexcel Level 2 Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA). This has been specifically designed to engage and enthuse young people with an interest in creative computing. It focuses on cutting edge digital graphics, animation, interactive multimedia products and computer gaming. Assessment is through a public examination, where candidates will need to design; build, test and evaluate a micro-website in relation to a client brief. Furthermore, candidates will be expected to work on a project to create a comprehensive multimedia product or a programmed game. This is the coursework component of the specification.
Pupils in Year M10 will also be offered the opportunity to study the AQA GCSE Computer Science Specification. This is a serious computer science course that gets students working with real-world, practical programming techniques and delivers an understanding of what makes technology tick. This course is highly vocational and well sought after. It counts towards the prestigious English Baccalaureate, offering students a new option that achieves maximum recognition. Assessment is through two public examinations on ‘Computational Thinking’ and ‘Problem Solving’ and a coursework component, where students will be expected to develop a computer program designed; written and tested to solve a particular problem.
Students in the Lower Sixth will also be offered the chance to study the newly reformed Computer Science GCE for AS and A ‘Level. As with the GCSE qualification, this specification is academically rigorous and exceptionally well thought of by leading Universities and the more serious apprenticeship posts.
Outside of the classroom, pupils can gain experience of programming languages such as Java Script and Python, using cutting edge multimedia platforms such as that offered by “Code Combat”. The aim of this club is to inspire interest and enthusiasm in all of the exciting areas of ICT and move well beyond the standard syllabuses. We have three ICT suites which, between them, contain 68 networked PCs for pupil curriculum use. The computers all run either Windows 7 or Windows 8 along with Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2013 for programming. Pupils will also have access to Citrix, which enables them to run school software and access their school document folders on their own personal machines. This system works with both PCs and Apple computers.