Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

Engage | Educate | Empower

ICT

ICT

Key Staff

  • Mr G O'Hare
  • Mr S Lyttle
  • Mr S Bew (Technician)

Effective ICT teaching provides pupils with the tools to take control of their learning: they can engage with and use technology effectively and can work independently and with others

Our Main Aims

  1. To provide pupils with ICT skills which can be utilised across the curriculum and enable them to be more actively engaged in learning.
  2. To provide a stimulating and challenging ICT learning environment which pupils can relate to the world outside the classroom.
  3. To make use of current communication technologies.
  4. To provide a number of pathways onto further education courses in ICT and multimedia.
  5. To keep pupils informed about career possibilities and technological changes which may affect their lives.

The following ICT skills are taught in discrete ICT classes in Y8 & Y9 so that they may be implemented within all subjects across the KS3 curriculum:

  • Using the internet search engines and browsers properly
  • How to use the school c2k e-mail system
  • How to use Microsoft Word effectively
  • Web design - HTML programming
  • An in depth look at how to use Microsoft Excel
  • Introduction to using Adobe Photoshop
  • Sound recording with Audacity
  • Create your own music with Garage band
  • Using Microsoft PowerPoint properly
  • Create your own game with Gamemaker
  • Using Microsoft Publisher effectively
  • Telling stories with Microsoft Photo Story

 

 

We follow the CCEA Revised Full Course in GCSE ICT

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/rev_gcse_fc/index.asp

This is a popular two year course which pupils can choose in Year 11 as one of their GCSE’s.

It is a well structured and interesting course: as a result pupils achieve excellent exam results.

Course Structure

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Timings

Unit 1:

Tools and Applications

3 Controlled Assessments:

Database

Spreadsheet

PowerPoint

30%

Completed in Year 11

Unit 2:

Using Multimedia

and Games

Technology

2 Controlled Assessments:

Multimedia Website

Interactive Game

30%

Completed in Year 12

Unit 3:

Theory

Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World

External Exam

(2 hours)

Terminal

Synoptic

40%

Course content studied over 2 years

Exam taken at end of  Yr 12

We follow the CCEA Revised Course in GCE ICT.

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/rev_gce/index.asp

Aims

The AS and A2 GCE Advanced level courses encourage students to:

  • Become discerning users of ICT; and
  • Develop a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT.

This should form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression from AS to A2 and/or employment.

In addition, the specification encourages students to develop:

  • The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • The skills to work collaboratively;
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;
  • An understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT; and
  • An awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

Revised Course Structure for AS 2012 - 2013

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Timings

AS 1:

Components of ICT

2 hour external examination paper.

Theory based

60% of AS

Taken in May/June

AS 2:

Developing ICT

Solutions

Internal Assessment of 2 compulsory tasks:

Multimedia Web

Data processing

40% of AS

Internal moderation

March-April at end of AS year

Note the A2 course (for 2012-2013) is still based on older marks weighting

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Timings

A2 1:

Information Systems

2 hour external examination paper.

Theory based

50% of A2

Taken in May/June

AS 2:

Approaches to

Systems

Development

Internal Assessment of

Data processing project

50% of A2

Internal moderation

March-April at end of A2 year

Edexcel BTEC - Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production (Interactive Media) (QCF)

Who is this course for?

  • Any pupil who is interested in following a career in web design or other areas of creative media such as games design or app design.
  • It may also be used as a method of obtaining UCAS points to enter other 3rd level courses.

What do I need to get onto this course?

  • Enough GCSE points to enter Yr 13 
  • Ideally a GCSE in ICT 
  • Experience of using a range of software 
  • Be creative – many of the projects require the pupil to come up with a range of ideas 
  • Have good writing skills: each unit has a substantial written element/report 
  • An interest in the C-media industry 

This qualification is broadly equivalent to two GCE A Levels and is 100% coursework, made up of 13 units.

Unit No

Unit name-Mandatory Units

Credit points

Description

1

Pre-Production Techniques for the Creative Media Industries

5

Written unit completed alongside a practical unit

2

Communication Skills for Creative Media Production

5

Written unit

3

Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries

10

Written/research unit

4

Creative Media Production Management Project

10

Written unit completed alongside a practical unit

5

Working to a Brief in the Creative Media Industries

10

Written unit completed alongside a practical unit

12

Understanding the Interactive Media Industry

10

Written unit

19

Digital Graphics for Interactive Media

10

Mainly Photoshop but also includes theory of digital graphics

 

Other selected Units Unit

 

 

32

Designing Idents for Television

10

Mainly animation but also includes theory and design of Idents

 

36

Interview Techniques for Creative Media Production

10

Theory/research unit

59

Web Authoring

10

Mainly web design but also includes theory of web language and protocol

60

Interactive Media Authoring

10

Mainly interactive software design. Also includes theory of interface design

 

63

Sound in Interactive Media

10

Sound software project

65

Web Animation for Interactive Media

10

Mainly Flash animation. Also includes theory/history of animation

 

 

Total

120

 

 

 C-Media field trip

Year 14 Creative Media BTec group gets a demonstration of a content managed website.

The pupils are working towards completing a double award qualification this year.  In Unit 59 Mr O’Hare’s pupils are learning about Website Authoring.  Unlike some courses where Website Authoring would usually mean design and create a website; in this course our pupils are expected to do a lot more research.  From demonstrating knowledge of HTML to recording client meetings, writing reports on Web Protocols, creating Gantt charts and finally, yes, they do also have to design and produce a website and their designs look great!

One task they most also undertake is demonstrating a good understanding of how Content Managed Websites work.  Our very own Mr Steven Bew is one of two people in school tasked with the job of maintaining our school website and has very kindly offered to show the pupils how it works and discussed with them the advantages and disadvantages of these types of websites.

The pupils were impressed to see how easily managed these content managed systems can be.  However, they were a little surprised to learn that they would feature on the example shown to them, and here it is. 

 

From games developer to manager of IT and communications services, computer science graduates have a range of opportunities open to them

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Database administrator
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • Web designer
  • Web developer

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Network engineer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Technical author

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