Welcome to the ICT department web page. ICT skills are essential for success in employment and higher education so in the ICT department at Ysgol Aberconwy we try and prepare our pupils for this as best we can effectively engaging and inspiring students of every ability to achieve great things. We have excellent ICT facilities and suites fully equipped with modern software and hardware. All our teaching rooms have projectors and interactive whiteboards. All students have been allocated Office 365 accounts that provide them with an internal school based e-mail and a OneDrive account allowing files to be accessed at home, assuming there is an Internet connection, as well as at school. The most up to date licenced Office applications can be downloaded onto personal devices at home. OneNote is being introduced as a learning tool in ICT as pupils can access lesson content and handouts in addition to using OneNote to submit their classwork tasks and homework for assessment.
The ICT Team: 2016-2017
The ICT team is as follows:
Head of Department - Mr S Barnett
ICT teacher - Miss S McCusker
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
In Years 7-9 pupils are taught discrete ICT lessons two hours a fortnight as the school operates on a two-week timetable. All pupils follow a scheme of learning to enable them to achieve the highest possible National Curriculum level, (Level 7 in ICT), by the end of Year 9. Pupils will learn a variety of skills that will prepare them for later life whilst also experiencing a variety of different software. Serif and Microsoft programs are installed and used for the majority of tasks set but using online software and other specific programs are also used. This year we are trialling out the ECDL qualification here with certain students in Year 9 in the hope that they will achieve the equivalent to a GCSE at the end of the course.
Whilst the curriculum in Wales is not yet specifying that we have to include programming or Computer Control, we are also beginning to introduce basic elements of this where possible to broaden the pupil’s experience and embed a foundation should they not choose ICT as an option in Key Stage 4 or 5.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
BTEC First Award Level 1/2 in Information and Creative Technology
BTEC vocational qualifications deliver these new skills across the whole group, effectively engaging and inspiring students of every ability to achieve great things.
This course has recently been introduced to recognise creativity and develop a learner's skills, knowledge and understanding of Information and Creative Technology functions, environments and operations. In a practical subject the BTEC qualification offers a chance to recognise and demonstrate these abilities, focusing on the vocational route.
The learners carry out a range of tasks set out in units that have been designed to recognise their achievements in a modern, practical way that is relevant to the workplace. This year the students chose to complete the ‘Digital Video’ as one of their optional units. Every student was issued with an i-pad and we spent a morning collecting pictures and video clips in Llandudno that incorporated a tram ride to the top of the Great Orme to get view shots of the town.
Good attendance and the ability to work independently is essential though as many different deadlines are set during this course. Pupils with missing work are expected to complete the units during lunchtimes or in the extra after-school sessions provided by the department.
Key Stage 5 - Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13)
ICT is a subject that, by its nature, requires candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues as they relate to the designer or user of ICT systems. Currently we are completing the WJEC A-Level course with our Year 13 students but in September we introduced the new Edexcel BTEC National Level 3 in IT course to Year 12's instead as we feel this is a more practical, vocational approach that will give our students a greater, varied ICT experience. As it has an exam as one of the units this course is equal in UMS points to the more academic route.
Information & Communication Technology at 6th form ...
- is intended to be of interest to a wide range of candidates including those intending to directly follow a higher education course or career in Information and Communication Technology or an associated area. Those with other interests and aspirations can also benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of ICT.
- builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum and GCSE/BTEC Level 2, whilst at the same time, accommodating the needs of candidates who have not studied Information and Communication Technology at GCSE level.
- promotes progression through the AS and A Level and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Information and Communication Technology, or a related area of study, at further or higher education and / or preparation for future employment and the world of work.
- provides opportunities for candidates to gain a broad understanding of the skills, understanding and knowledge inherent in Information and Communication Technology.
- encourages candidates to develop their critical thinking, to see the relationships between systems designer and user and to perceive Information and Communication Technology within the world in which we live.
- provides opportunities to develop their Key Skills, particularly those in problem solving, use of IT and communication. They will also have opportunities to develop their skills in application of number, working with others and improving own learning and performance.
ICT department links
Computer Club 2015 - a project undertaken with Llandrillo College.