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ICT and Computing



ICT and Computing



Profile of the Department

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.

KS3 Curriculum:ICT

At Plumstead Manor pupils are given the opportunity to study the three strands of Computing, digital literacy, computer science and information technology.  In Year 7 they are introduced to the concept of computational thinking, providing them with a powerful framework for studying both computing as well as tackling wider problems through decomposition and abstraction.

We look to build pupils digital literacy to not only create and navigate digital technologies confidently and effectively but to become responsible and safe digital users, aware of the potential risks and the importance of protecting online identity and privacy.

Pupils develop skills and understanding of a wide range of information technologies and software, creating mobile applications, working with graphics, programing devices both visually and textually.  Competency with key software in the workplace is also established, processing and presenting information to support both academic and vocational progression.

KS4 Curriculum:

Today the use of computing technology is required for everyone, at school, college, university or in the workplace. Even at home there is a growing need to have effective Computer skills. But how can you gain the computer skills you need, or demonstrate and develop those you may already have?

The answer is the ECDL!

ECDL is an internationally recognised qualification which will allow you to develop skills in using computers and demonstrate your competence. It is the fastest growing computer qualification in over one hundred countries. ECDL has been designed to allow users to develop their skills and to enhance their career prospects with a well recognised, benchmark IT qualification.  This is why all of our girls have the opportunity to gain the qualification during Year 10 and 11 where they will study ICT as a core subject with one timetabled lesson each week and after school enrichment sessions to support them through the qualification and ensure they successfully complete it. 

You will study four modules in the following:

Word Processing SoftwareICT

  • Spreadsheet Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Improving Productivity Using IT

At the end of each unit you will take a test online.

The course is equivalent to a GCSE and is graded at:

Distinction* (A*)

Distinction (A )

Merit (B)

Pass (C )

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OCR Cambridge National in Creative iMedia

Girls also have the opportunity at KS4 to study Creative iMedia. Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia are media sector-focused, including film, television, web development, gaming and animation, and have IT at their heart.

 The qualification is made up of two Compulsory units and Two optional units.  It’s graded Distinction* (A*) - Pass (C ).

 Core Units:

Pre-Production Skills:

Understanding the purpose and content of pre-production Being able to plan pre-production Being able to produce and review pre-production documents.  Assessment;  Written paper - Compulsory - 25%

Digital Graphics:

Understanding the purpose and properties of digital graphics

Being able to plan the creation of a digital graphic

Create new digital graphics, using a range of editing techniques

Being able to review a digital graphic against a specific brief.

 Assessment:  Centre assessed task - Compulsory -25%

 Optional Units:

Digital animation, Interactive multimedia products, multipage websites, creating 2D and 3D digital characters, Sound sequencing, digital photography

Assessment:  Centre assessed task - Compulsory -25%

Visit the OCR Website to find out more

KS5 - Cambridge Technicals