In the Sixth Form students can continue to study towards a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT (from 2012) or OCR National Level 3 ICT (legacy/current Year 13) which is accredited with UCAS tariff points as follows; Pass (40), Merit (80) and Distinction (120).This qualification has a range of optional units which can support other subjects studied at A/AS Level.You will also have the opportunity to take part in skills competitions, visits or listen to visiting speakers and experts at the college.
Unit 1 – ‘Pre-production skills’ is assessed via a written paper of 1 hour 15 minutes’ duration.
The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident, creative and productive use of ICT an essential skill for life.
The level of progression will depend on the overall grade achieved in the qualification.
The majority of the units on the course are assessed via coursework assignments which are centre assessed and externally moderated by OCR.
Finally, you will evaluate the suitability of your work for different audiences and purposes.
Using Desktop Publishing – You will plan and create a leaflet to give out information about online safety.A range of topics are taught to include finding, sharing and communicating information, developing ideas and opportunities for evaluation.At the same time they develop their basic skills by using a wide range of applications and software to develop skills in modelling spreadsheets and databases and work creatively using desktop publishing and multimedia simulation effects.Students in Year 10 and 11 can choose to take either GCSE Computer Science or Creative i Media, or both options if they prefer. Students wishing to continue in this subject will be able not be able to progress to A Level in this subject at William Farr.Students will be able to use their ICT skills to assist other A Level subjects.Students wishing to go to College will be able to use their ICT skills to assist whichever course they pursue there; Students going into Apprenticeships will clearly be able to show employers and trainers the level of their ICT competence using a recognised qualification, especially in the areas covered by the units outlined above.The Creative i_Media course is designed to equip you with a range of high-level creative, practical and academic skills.You will explore the use of image text, colour and layout to enhance and consider how to match the design of their leaflet to a given audience and purpose.Finally you will identify evaluation criteria to evaluate your work for different audience and purposes.At Key Stage 4 students all students will work towards the Cambridge National Certificate in ICT from 2011) or OCR National (legacy/current Year 11) this is a Level 2 vocational qualification.Some students may also opt for a GCSE WJEC ICT (current Years 10/11) and as from September 2012 GCSE OCR Computing.