Here in the Computer Studies Department we aim to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge to thrive in a digital environment. We strive to get pupils not only to use new software but apply it to real life situations. It is important to us that young people know how to use ICT knowledgeably, effectively and safely. Safeguarding is paramount and in each key stage we teach pupils how to stay safe in the digital world.
ICT at Queen Elizabeth High School has developed dramatically over the past few years. We now have four designated ICT suites as well as smaller clusters throughout the school.
What we teach
Within our curriculum there is a real focus on making sure pupils are able to use software for specific purposes, each task is given focus towards a real life situation.
A range of skills are learnt throughout this process, such as;
- Decision making
- Independent Learning
- Problem Solving
- Logical Thinking
Key stage 4
Currently Key stage 4 is students have the option of studying OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies (J808)
The course is structured as follows:
R012 – Understanding tools, techniques, methods and processes for technological solutions, where it is assessed by a 90 minute exam which comprises of multiple choice and open-ended questions. Within this unit we will focus in depth on:
- Knowledge of hardware and software applications.
- Data Manipulation tools and techniques.
- Project Life Cycle – phases, interaction, inputs and outputs.
- Risks, legal moral, ethical and security issues.
R013 – Developing technological solutions, this will be a set assignment that assesses a student’s ability to develop a technological solution to a real world problem. It will look to focus on:
- The use of skills to develop a creative technological solution to a real world problem.
- Follow a project life cycle and demonstrate skills such as SWOT analysis, GANTT charts, data collection and presenting data.
- Use hardware and software to create an integrated technological solution for data processing and communication of information.
The department is very keen to tailor pupil learning so that they can be of benefit to local businesses within Bromyard and the surrounding area. If you feel you would like to explore opportunities working with us please contact Mr Pridden.