IT & Computer Science

In recent years, Information and Communication Technology has quickly become a dynamic ingredient for teaching, learning, administration and communication in education. At Red House Academy, we have taken a number of great steps in keeping pace with these exciting changes.

The aim of the department is to provide students with the necessary skills and facilities they need to benefit fully from the curriculum they choose to study. We wish to create life-long learners, so our students leave the Academy with the ability to use ICT fully to their advantage in further/higher education or in the work place.

Our ICT curriculum ensures that all students will develop the ability to:

Access a wide range of up-to-date online learning materials and activities.

Demonstrate efficiency in analysing tasks and identifying information required to complete the tasks successfully.

Use information sources effectively to retrieve desired information.

Use ICT skills to produce answers and solutions to the highest standard.

Be able to share and present information.

Communicate using appropriate ICT based systems.

Evaluate the effectiveness of their own and others uses of information sources and ICT skills and make justified suggestions for improvement.

Reflect critically on the social, moral, economical and ethical impact that ICT has on their lives.

KS3

We aim to make ICT diverse and exciting, encouraging all pupils to understand the effects of ICT on their lives, through to local and global markets.

KS4

Students choose Interactive Media or Computer Science as an option subject. Assessment is by examination and through the production of controlled assessment.

For Computer Science:

Examination aspect - Students will need to:

This component will introduce learners to the Central Processing Unit (CPU), computer memory and storage, wired and wireless networks, network topologies, system security and system software.

It is expected that learners will become familiar with the impact of Computer Science in a global context through the study of the ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns associated with Computer Science

Programming Project - Students will need to:

Understand standard programming techniques

Be able to design a coded solution to a problem

Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function

Test their solution

The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. Students will no doubt be familiar with the use of computers and other related technology from their other subjects and elsewhere. However, this course will give them an insight into what goes on "behind the scenes", including computer programming, which many students find absorbing.

Careers

Computing and Computer Science are fast growing industries and the technology is always adapting to meet different needs. This opens the door to many different job roles from IT support to Game Testers and Programmers.

For more information contact Mr P Maddison