Digital Communication

For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.

Welcome to the

Digital Communications Department

Our Vision

Digital Communication is now one of the largest areas of employment in the UK. The development of the internet and digital design offers exciting prospects for future employment and recreation. Digital Communication is constantly expanding and changing in the light of the increased accessibility offered by computers and other ICT equipment.

In Digital Communication we strive to develop independent, confident learners who develop the skills, strategies and understanding for life-long learning. We aim to do this by offering a full and varied curriculum supported by schemes of work with real life relevance.

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Curriculum

In Y7 and 8, students have 2 hours per fortnight within the Digital Communications Faculty.  In Y9 they can choose between ICT, Computer Science and Media and then have five lessons per fortnight in their chosen field.

Computing
Years 7 & 8 (KS3)

GCSE Computing
Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

ICT CIDA course
Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

VCERT in Interactive Media
Years 9 – 11 (KS4)

Exam Board

Computer Science follows the OCR course:
Computer Science (9-1) – J276

ICT follows the CIDA course, levels 1 and 2:
Digital Applications (CiDA)

Media follows the NCFE course:
VCERT Technical Award in Interactive Media

Assessment

Computer Science
For Computer Science, we teach the OCR Syllabus. This Syllabus is broken into three distinct units:

  1. Computer Systems
  2. Computational Thinking, algorithms and Programming
  3. Programming project

Each section will be assessed in a different way. Unit’s 1 and 2 are separate exams at the end of year 11. Where as Unit 3 is an in school 20 hour assessment in class, spread out over 2 terms.  

ICT
Students of ICT currently study towards a CIDA (Certificate in Digital Applications) Qualification.  This qualification is 75 % controlled assessment and 25% external examination.

Media
Students in media study a Level 2 Technical Award in Interactive Media.  The qualification is broken down as follows:
60% Controlled assignment (Four Units)

  • Unit 01 – Investigate interactive media production
  • Unit 02 – Plan and prepare for an interactive media product
  • Unit 03 – Development and production of an interactive media product
  • Unit 04 – Present and promote an interactive media product

40% Examination (15 hour project)

Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement

All students are entitled to:

  • a positive, safe learning environment that encourages the development of Media skills enabling students to flourish and succeed within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
  • be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and see the purpose in their own learning in Media Studies and beyond.
  • experience well planned and well-resourced lessons which challenge them and provide clear assessment whilst reflecting upon their own learning and development.
  • have the opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to a variety of controlled assignment and examination topics.

Teaching within Digital Communications lessons should have:

  • a positive ethos which promotes an atmosphere for learning in which all students feel safe and confident to succeed.
  • differentiated tasks which are accessible to all through method, resources and outcome.
  • clear levels of challenge to enable students to develop and practice higher order thinking skills, creativity, problem solving and independence.
  • well planned lessons in which learning aims are clear and shared with all students enabling them to understand the purpose of their learning and how to make progress. Methods and purpose of assessments are shared with students at every opportunity.
  • a culture of mutual respect in which students effort and achievement is recognised.