ICT, Technology and Vocational Qualifications

IT

In IT, students will learn about the various software packages, including online software, proprietary software and freeware. They will use a variety of software packages for animation, web design and graphics. They will learn how the internet works and the infrastructure behind it.

Technology and Computer Science are delivered on a rotation of between 10 & 14 weeks where students are able to develop skills in each of the areas below. In all of these areas, Students will apply their learning to a similar project to a GCSE project to prepare them for KS4.

In Years 9-11 students will have the opportunity to undertake CiDA – Certificate in Digital Applications. This is a course designed to prepare learners for the world of work, as ICT is now incorporated into most job sectors and is a requirement for further study in a variety of subject areas.

During the course you will learn practical skills to increase your value to potential employers such as using communication tools effectively and presenting your work to a professional standard within an e-portfolio. You will advance the skills gained in KS3 and learn new creative skills such as website development and computer graphics

This course starts in Year 9 and finishes in Year 10, so many of these skills you will already have. This course will build on these skills and give you a qualification that is sought after for most careers.

Enrichment opportunities:

Links with businesses, moving onto Level 3, trips.

Future opportunities:

Apprenticeship, Level 3 or A Level IT – jobs can be a Technician, Games Designer, Network Designer & Manager, Website Designer, Graphics Designer.

 

Computer Science

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an 'underpinning' subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly.

Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at a fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web-related technologies has exploded, resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, businesses today require an ever-increasing number of technologically-aware individuals. This is even more so in the gaming, mobile and web related industries and this specification has been designed with this in mind.

In Years 7 and 8 students have the opportunity to learn how a computer works, what all of the hardware is and how it communicates, number systems and how to programme using Python.

In Years 9-11 students will learn about networks, sequencing, computer programming and design, how the internet works and the protocols used, the CPU and how it works, logic gates and truth tables, encryption, compression, open source and proprietary software, robots, legal and ethical issues, viruses, sound, images plus much more.

Enrichment opportunities:

Links with businesses, external courses with universities.

Future opportunities:

Apprenticeship, Level 3 or A Level Computer Science, computer programming, network designer, computer analyst.

 

Textiles

In Textiles students will learn about construction techniques and the properties and characteristics of a range of materials. Practical and technological skills are combined with creative thinking to design and make textile products.

In Years 9-11 students would undertake a Technical Award, Level 1/2, in Fashion & Textiles. This is a brand new exciting high quality qualification that will equip students with applied knowledge and real life practical skills.

This qualification is intended for learners aged 14-16 who are interested in using textiles in a practical way within the context of the fashion industry and wish to develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for further study and employment within this sector. It will particularly appeal to learners who are looking for a course that is practical in nature.

The Fashion & Textiles technical award is more practical in nature than the old GCSE and will provide students with knowledge and highly sought after skills to prepare them for further study, apprenticeships and the work place.

Enrichment opportunities:

Visit to the Clothes Show Live. Links with colleges and universities to have an opportunity to learn about and watch how a fashion show runs. Be part of designing and organising a fashion based event.

Future opportunities:

A-Level Design and Technology, Level 3 Vocational qualifications, Apprenticeships in related industry.

 

Catering and Hospitality

In Catering and Hospitality, students develop a range of skills including safe knife skills, organisation, presentation skills and team work. As a result this should make an impact on overall cooking abilities. It is our aim to promote independent learning and teamwork. In the Catering and Hospitality students take part in the practical lessons, looking at taste, smell, texture and evaluate ingredients.

In Year 9-11 students have to carry out research around a theme that will then allow them to explore themes, venues and staffing. During the practical lessons students develop a large range of skills such as fresh pasta making, meat & poultry cookery, bread making, pastry skills and the preparation of desserts. Menus and recipes are produced. They will then prepare, cook and serve for customers in a realistic working environment.

Enrichment opportunities:

Work experience, talks from professionals in hospitality & catering.

Future opportunities:

You can study the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Professional Cookery course at BSCA or alternatively progress into a career as a professional chef.

 

Construction (Years 9-11)

Students will have the opportunity to develop and learn construction skills and practises. They will learn and develop the technical skills and knowledge needed involved in construction projects:

  • Construction and Design
  • Mathematical Applications in Construction
  • Practical Construction Skills
  • Social and Economic, roles within the Construction Industry

Enrichment opportunities:

Links with colleges and universities. Visits to shows and industry. Visits to builders merchants.

Future opportunities:

Level 3, Apprenticeships, Industry Construction.

 

Engineering (Years 9-11)

This course provides a broad theoretical insight into certain aspects of the engineering sector. This is delivered through taught lessons where students will learn and develop an understanding around issues such as Health and Safety, The Engineered World and Engineered Materials. Topics covered include:

  • The Engineering World
  • Investigating an Engineering Product
  • Health and Safety in Engineering
  • Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Materials
  • The Engineering World

Enrichment opportunities:

Visits to local industry and different sectors of Engineering.

Future opportunities:

The BTEC First Award in Engineering is aimed at learners who wish to develop an understanding of engineering.  The course will prepare you for many engineering sectors or progress you into Sixth Form College.  It will also provide an insight aimed at understanding parts of the engineered world.

 

Hair and Beauty (Years 9-11)

This qualification is ideal if you are looking to gain an insight into the hair and beauty industry. You will be able to learn, develop and practise the skills required for employment and/or career progression in this field. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the hair and beauty sector
  • Hair and beauty project
  • Enterprise
  • Responding to a brief
  • Hair beauty and beauty science
  • Planning and research

Enrichment opportunities:

Links with colleges and universities. Visits to shows and industry.

Future opportunities:

VTCT Level 3 Diploma, Applied Business, Drama and Theatre Studies, Travel and Tourism, Complementary and alternative therapies.