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ICT

Information and Communications Technology

Students at Bedlington Academy tell us that they find information and communications technology (ICT) enjoyable, but at the same time challenging. We are committed to teaching computing, digital literacy, and information technology, thereby providing our students with valuable skills they will use in the future.

ICT is vibrant in Year 7 and 8 and offers a challenge at Key Stages 4 and 5.

A high-quality ICT education equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through a varying programme of topics.

Building on this knowledge and understanding students are encouraged to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

ICT also ensures that students become digitally literate - able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

I enjoy my ICT lessons. I am encouraged to explore how software works to solve problems.
Year 7 student
I am challenged in my ICT lessons and have developed my ICT skills and knowledge so that I can use them in other ways when using digital media.
Year 9 student

ICT CURRICULUM INFORMATION FOR YEARS 7-11

Year

Term

Units of Work

Assessments

 7

Autumn

Desktop Publishing,  Adventure Story

DTP- Assessment 1, Adventure Story- Assessment 2

 

Spring

Flash animation,

Flowol

Flash animation- Assessment 3, Flowol- Assessment 4

 

Summer

Spreadsheets,

Game Engines

Spreadsheets- Assessment 5, Game Engines- Assessment 6

 8

Autumn

Website Design & Analysis, Graphics

Website Design & Analysis- Assessment 1, Graphics- Assessment 2

 

Spring

Scratch,

Databases

Scratch- Assessment 3, Databases- Assessment 4

 

Summer

Computer Systems, Python

Computer Systems- Assessment 5, Python- Assessment 6

 9

Autumn

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 1- Exploring Media Products

A1: Media products, audiences and purpose

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

 

Spring

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 1- Exploring Media Products

B1: Genre, narrative, representation and audience interpretation

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

 

Summer

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 1- Exploring Media Products

B2: Media production techniques

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

 10

Autumn

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 2- Developing Digital Media

Production Skills

A1: Practical skills and techniques

Specified assignment from exam board.

B1: Pre-production processes and practices

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

 

Spring

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 2- Developing Digital Media

Production Skills

B2: Production processes and practices

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

B3: Post-production processes and practices

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

 

Summer

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 2- Developing Digital Media

Production Skills

C1: Review of progress and development

Specified assignment from exam board- Internal assessment (coursework)

 11

Autumn

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 3- Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief

A1: Responding to a brief

A2: Generating ideas

B1: Planning materials

B2: Managing the production process

 

Spring

BTEC Creative Media Production-

Component 3- Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief

C1: Monitor and review the outcomes of the production process

C2: Production skills and techniques

C3: Combining and refining content

C4: Testing and exporting for distribution

External assessment during Summer Term

BTEC COURSE INFORMATION

Qualification & Board

 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Tech Award in Creative Media Production

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE)

The course consists of 3 components: 

The components are:

Component 1- Exploring Media Products

A1: Media products, audiences and purpose

Looking at a range of past and present media products, such as podcasts, magazines and mobile apps, students will examine how media products engage audiences for a given purpose. Students will develop their understanding of the relationship between media products, their audiences and purposes.

B1: Genre, narrative, representation and audience interpretation

Students will select media products from one of the three sectors: audio/moving image, publishing and interactive, and explore how genre, narrative and representation are combined to engage their audience. Students will develop their understanding of how media products are created to appeal to their audiences.

B2: Media production techniques

Students will deconstruct media products to examine how media production techniques combine to create meaning for audiences. Students will develop their understanding of how different production techniques combine to create meaning.

Component 2- Developing Digital Media Production Skills

A1: Practical skills and techniques

Students will participate in workshops and classes to develop media production skills and techniques appropriate to one, or all, of the following media sectors: audio/moving image, publishing and interactive media.

B: Apply media production skills and techniques

Students will apply relevant media production skills and techniques through the following media practices: pre-production, production and post-production when reworking extracts of an existing media product/s such as a movie trailer, a magazine cover or a platform game.

C: Review own progress and development of skills and practices

Students must track their progress during this component, reflecting on their development of skills and techniques in workshops through to the application of pre-production, production and post-production processes and practices.

Component 3- Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief

Potential Career paths

Web Design, Photography, Graphic Design, Gaming, Media Studies

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals)

Component 1- Exploring Media Products

Learning Aim A- Investigate media products (Assignment 1)

Learning Aim B- Explore how media products are created to provide meaning and engage audiences (Assignment 2)

Component 2- Developing Digital Media Production Skills

Learning Aim A- Develop media production skills and techniques (Assignment 1)

Learning Aim B- Apply media production skills and techniques (Assignment 2)

Learning Aim C- Review own progress and development of skills and practices (Assignment 3)

Component 3- Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief- assessed by controlled task and marked externally.

Core or Option

 Option

No Option Choices (GCSE only)

 

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent

 1 GCSE Equivalent