Information Technology

Information Technology

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is much more than knowing how to use a couple of programs. In the past few years, ICT has changed our lives in dramatic ways and the rate of progress is certainly not slowing down. Such continuous changes make for a vibrant and exciting subject.

The School sees ICT as a vital life skill and it is a compulsory subject in the lower school. Girls are taught for one hour each week in our dedicated ICT suite. Beyond this, the girls are given the option of following the subject at GCSE and A Level.

The Lower School

The lower school course encourages the girls to experiment and find their own solutions to problems. In order to turn the girls into effective and safe users of ICT, there are three main strands to the course.

The First Strand: Safety

Girls are given a unique account on the school system when they arrive. In this safe environment, they are able to learn the importance of looking after account details, saving their work and organising their area. This account remains with them throughout their school careers.

Girls are also introduced to the idea of system safety and the importance of protection against virus and other malware. They will also be taught the importance of creating effective passwords and being careful with their private information online.

Finally, the girls learn how to use social networking websites safely. The large array of services such as Facebook and Twitter provide the girls with more ways than ever to interact. Although this provides huge opportunities, it also brings dangers and the girls will consider what they can do to make sure that they keep themselves safe.

The Second Strand: Information Skills

The internet and portable internet devices bring entire libraries of information to the girls’ fingertips. However, the amount of data can be overwhelming and the girls will be taught the skills needed to consider the reliability of websites so that they can make more informed decisions.

Through various games, the girls will learn to touch type. This skill will have a dramatic effect on their typing speed and accuracy as well as ensuring that they position their hands effectively on the keyboard.

By training their pet ‘turtles’, the girls will be introduced to basic programming. This skill will give them a better idea of the way computers work and how to structure problems.

The Third Strand: Functional Skills

The majority of lesson time is devoted to learning the skills needed for effective use of the ubiquitous Microsoft Office package.

In Remove, the focus is on making effective presentations in PowerPoint and using Publisher to create a corporate image.

In the Lower Fourth form, much of the year is dedicated to getting the most from the Excel spreadsheet by using functions and charts.

The Fourth form considers all of these in more depth as well as introducing the database software Access. Finally, the girls will be required to complete a project which will use of these programs and prepare them for the rigours of the GCSE course.

IGCSE ICT

The IGCSE course enables the girls to investigate the ways in which ICT has altered the way businesses and people function.

The course also develops a wide range of ICT skills which draw on both creative and productive areas of ICT use.

  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Interactive Presentations
  • Website Design

Assessment is in the form of written examinations and practical tests. For more information, please click on the links below:

CIE IGCSE ICT

AQA A Level ICT

 

A Level ICT

The AQA A Level course brings the study of ICT up to date for the 21st century. It is useful for students who wish to progress to higher education or to the world of work. Candidates can develop an understanding of how ICT can be used in society and organisations and the implications of its use.

AS Level

There are two complementary units concerned with applying ICT to solve problems and the study of the opportunities for and effects of using ICT in the world today. Girls have the opportunity to put into practice a wide range of software and hardware to create solutions to solve problems:

  • INFO1: Practical Problem Solving in the Digital World
  • INFO2: Living in the Digital World.

A2 Level

Girls will study concepts associated with the use of ICT in the 21st century. They also have opportunities for acquiring skills needed in the IT profession such as co-operative working and project management. These practical skills can be developed in areas of ICT that are of interest to them. Students can also use these newly acquired skills as a springboard into other qualifications and working environments:

  • INFO3: The Use of ICT in the Digital World
  • INFO4: Coursework: Practical Issues Involved in the Use of ICT in the Digital World.

Further information:

BBC Technology News

The National Museum of Computing