ICT Department

Swans Secondary School ICT

Key Stage 3

In KS3 students will cover a range of topics that will help to develop their ICT skills and introduce them to computing concepts.

Throughout KS3 students will study presenting Information, selecting, refining and using information, spreadsheet modelling, data handling, website design and creation, Logo, image manipulation, control and ICT in the real world. They are also introduced to computing.

Each year the students are taught more challenging skills. As part of our assessment strategy, they complete past exam style questions. We believe this effectively gives them the skills they need to begin the iGCSE ICT course.

Key Stage 4

In KS4 students follow the Cambridge iGCSE ICT course. The Information Communication Technology syllabus encourages students to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments.

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Students analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.

Sixth Form

The IB Diploma Programme information technology in a global society (ITGS) course is the study and evaluation of the impacts of information technology (IT) on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the access and use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS provides a framework for the student to make informed judgments and decisions about the use of IT within social contexts.