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About the subject
ICT is all about applying technology to everyday life. Pupils will learn how to use computers to help them with personal and work related challenges.
Students in year 10 will be able to work on skills on ICT and draw on an understanding of digital media too in an exciting new iMedia course.
Year 7 Overview
E-safety - Pupils will learn some of the dangers of the internet and how to stay safe.
Game Making - Pupils create their own game using Scratch.
Spreadsheets - Pupils will be introduced to spreadsheets and use them to help manage a business.
Encryption - Pupils will learn how data is encrypted and why.
Year 8 Overview
Web design - Pupils will create an e-portfolio and also learn about HTML code.
App Design - Pupils will create an app using appshed
Graphics - Pupils will create original images using Photoshop, and Google Sketchup
Databases - Pupils will build and interrogate databases to resolve real life issues.
Year 9 Overview
Python - Pupils will learn how to program in Python. This a basic introduction which will introduce elementary functions and problem solving skills.
Introduction to Key Stage 4 - Pupils will complete a range of Key Stage 4 activities in order to give them an understanding of what they may be doing next year. They will complete both academic and vocation activities taken from key stage 4 courses.
Year 10 Overview
Cambridge National in iMedia
This course combines common elements from IT and Media subjects to deliver a vocational course that gives an insight in both fields.
The Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia will equip learners with a range of creative media skills and provide opportunities to develop a range of transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively. Through the use of these skills, learners will ultimately be creating fit-for-purpose creative media products.
There are four units to the course. One unit is a written examination while the other three units are coursework based:
Pre-production Skills - Examination
Creating Digital Graphics - Coursework
Websites - Coursework
Game Concepts - Coursework
Planning is an essential part of working in the creative and digital media sector. This unit will enable learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to create digital media products and gain an understanding of their application. On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and uses of a range of pre-production techniques. They will be able to plan pre-production of a creative digital media product to a client brief, and will understand how to review pre-production documents.
Creating Digital Graphics
Digital graphics feature in many areas of our lives and play a very important part in today’s world. The digital media sector relies heavily on these visual stimulants within the products it produces, to communicate messages effectively. The aim of this unit is for learners to understand the basics of digital graphics editing for the creative and digital media sector. They will learn where and why digital graphics are used and what techniques are involved in their creation. This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the client brief, time frames, deadlines and preparation techniques as part of the planning and creation process. On completion of this unit, learners will understand the purpose and properties of digital graphics, and know where and how they are used. They will be able to plan the creation of digital graphics, create new digital graphics using a range of editing techniques and review a completed graphic against a specific brief.
Multipage websites are the basis of internet content and are therefore used extensively in the creative digital media sector, whether for mobile phones or computers in all their forms. This unit will enable learners to understand the basics of creating multipage websites. It will enable learners to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website. It will allow them to interpret a client brief and to use planning and preparation techniques when developing a multipage website. On completion of this unit, learners will be able to explore and understand the different properties, purposes and features of multipage websites, plan and create a multipage website and review the final website against a specific brief.
This unit will enable learners to understand the capabilities and limitations of a range of platforms. They will be able to identify core features of digital games and gain the knowledge to create a games design concept proposal that can be presented to a client for critical review. This unit will also enable learners to understand the basics of planning and designing digital games for the creative digital media sector. On completion of this unit, learners will know about different types of digital games and where they are used, be able to plan and design a digital game concept and present a game proposal to a client or focus group.
Year 11 Overview
Unit 3: Artwork and Imaging- Controlled Assessment (Coninued)
Images of one sort or another are all around us, often influencing what we do and how we think. They are used to communicate messages in many different contexts including advertising, music, fashion, interior design, computer games and architecture. We see them everywhere – as we work or study, out shopping or on holiday.
This unit aims to give you the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified purposes and audiences. You will investigate a range of graphic products to find out how images are used to convey a particular message. You will discover that you like some of these products more than others and you will need to consider why this is the case.
Unit 1 Developing Web Products- Exam
When your attention is captured by a web page advertising a competition, promoting an event or launching a new product, what makes you stop and look? Don’t be fooled by technical wizardry. It may have spectacular images, eye-catching animation or attention grabbing text, but what makes it effective is the way the components work together.
This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features. You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.
Exam board used for GCSE
Year 11 - Certificate in Digital Applications (CiDA)- Edexcel
Year 10 - OCR iMedia CTEC
Link to the specification from the exam board
Year 11 - CIDA
Year 10 - imedia prospectus