Ethos and Overview

ICT is a key subject in improving standards of teaching and learning here at Tendring Technology College and as such it is a core subject for all students in years 7 to 11. It is also used as a tool to help learning in every subject.

Objectives and Aims

The objectives of ICT education at TTC are to ensure that all students leave TTC with the ICT skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to fully participate in the modern world of work and leisure and to ensure that they can fully access and process information arising in their day-to -day living. This will be known as the ICT Entitlement.

Opportunities are available for students to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills so they can prepare themselves for a career in ICT or in a vocational area where ICT is important. Most jobs use ICT nowadays. These ICT qualifications will be available at KS3, KS4 and in the sixth form.

ICT is used as a medium for thinking and as a tool to develop and form thinking across the whole curriculum and to improve the processing and presentation of information specific to each department. The College will provide computer rooms to enable fast student access to appropriate software and the Internet. This will be known as ICT across the Curriculum.

How can you assist your child’s learning with ICT/Computer Science?

We hope you can inspire your child from home and keep up-to-date with what they are doing. Every learner is different and every child works at a different pace. Some of the guided hours will be for students to spend time reading and researching at home.

You know your child best and what motivates them. Here are some ideas on how you can help. These ideas are taken from educational research journals and were based on real feedback from parents.
  • Speak to your child and find out what was covered in class today
  • Was any additional work set? If so, can you help with it?
  • Can you help them research by reading, saving newspaper articles?
  • Spell check written work before they bring it back in to school
  • Is there an exam on the horizon? If so, is your child on target?

What does all the terminology mean?

Any new course brings with it new and strange codes, language etc. We have designed a de­coder to explain a few key words
  • ECDL - European Computer Driving Licence.
  • CAB - Controlled assessment breif
  • BTEC - The name of the vocational qualification Edexcel offer.
  • Guided Learning hours - The amount of time students will be taught in school. Also, work set to be done at home.
  • Vocational - Practical approach to learning where work is all project based with no examinations.

At Key Stage 3

All students in years 7, 8 and 9 have one hour of ICT per week.

The main aim of the Year 7 course is for students to improve their key skills in ICT. Each year children arrive from their primary school with increased ICT knowledge and skills. There is a wide variation between children from one primary school and another. The Year 7 course ensures that all students reach the same basic standard, at the same time as providing opportunities for the best students to develop further without repeating low-level work. This is challenging and is carried out by setting open-ended activities. During Year 7, students will work though the following units:

E-safety: This unit extensively focuses of the development of social media and networking online and therefore the need for students to understand how they can stay safe. Students will look at various case studies and produce an information point that will help to raise awareness of the risks related to this issue and make people aware of ways these can be avoided.

  • Pocket Money Spreadsheet: This Unit develops students’ skills in spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. Students are required to use effect research techniques to collect data. This data must then be analysed and then the results presented in a report.
  • Graphics and Publications: This unit provides and introduction to basic graphics design and publication techniques. Using Adobe Fireworks, students are required to design and implement a board game and associated packaging. Students will be required to evaluate the work that they have produced to identify their strengths and weakness whilst highlighting possible areas for future development.
  • Programming: This unit is designed to provide an introduction to programming. Students will learn about simple code and logic commands that are required to generate basic programs using logo.
  • Database: This unit highlights the needs to store data electronically as apposed to a manual system. Students will produce a database that will enable them to store, manipulate and output data.

    In Year 8 the students begin to experiment with digital media, video-based skills and editing techniques. All the tasks have a strong citizenship link to them, with groups of pupils creating their own movies focused around areas such as anti-bullying and the environment. During Year 8, students will work though the following units:

  • Scratch Game Design: This unit allows students to develop on the programming that they studied in Year 7. Students will use a piece of software called scratch to make their own games and learn about the links between user input and actions that take place on the screen.
  • Graphics Design: This unit provides a more in depth understanding of graphics design, and students will be expected to produce a range of graphics that meet the specified requirements and maintain a visual link between them. The graphics they produce will contain a number of filters and effects to give them a more professional look and feel.
  • Video Editing: This unit provides an introduction to video editing. Students will work in groups to plan, record and edit their own video that raises the awareness of anti-bullying.
  • Sound Recording: This unit enables students to plan, record and edit their own individual radio adverts to raise awareness of environmental issues around the school.
All Year 9 students will begin their GCSE preparation

During Year 9 all students will work through their first unit (Artwork and Imaging), which will test their skills in graphic design.

They have the opportunity to continue this in Year 10 and Year 11 as a single award or study Computer Science

Gifted and Talented Program (ICT): A selection of talented ICT students are given the opportunity to work in collaboration between the ICT and Technology departments to develop skills in Product design, Development and programming. Each student will be provided with their own development computer (Raspberry Pi), which will used to complete the following tasks.

  • Design and create a suitable case to hold the Raspberry Pi.
  • Using Scratch and Python programming applications to develop programs/ games. 

At Key Stage 4
In ICT students will be studying either ECDL or GCSE ICT
  • GCSE (A*-G)
  • Computer Science (1 - 9)
  • Pass - (Equivalent C grade GCSE)
  • Merit - (Equivalent B grade GCSE)
  • Distinction - (Equivalent grade A GCSE)
  • Distinction star - (Equivalent grade A* GCSE)

At Key Stage 5
In ICT students will be studing BTEC Level 3 National in information Technology 

  • Pass - The basic level of achievement on each unit (Equivalent E grade A level)
  • Merit - The next level of achievement on each unit (Equivalent C grade A level)
  • Distinction - The highest possible level of achievement on each unit (Equivalent A grade A level)
  • Distinction star - The highest possible level of achievement on each unit (Equivalent A* grade A* level)

    In computer science students will be studying a OCR Computer Science A - Level graded A* - G.