Huish Academy

Information Communication Technology

Technology should work for us because we design it. It’s not the other way around


Course Overview Students in Key Stage 3 will complete the INGOT in Open Systems Computing course, which covers all the components of the new Computing Curriculum. Successful completion of the course will result in students achieving a Level 1 qualification by the end of Year 9. Students will complete a series of mini projects that encompass the three main strands of the curriculum, including:

  • Hardware and software
  • Digital security and encryption
  • Photo editing & image design
  • Computer coding to create a product
  • Binary and hexadecimal numbers
  • Network design
  • Boolean logic
  • Representation of data in computer systems

The course provides students with a solid grounding in computer science and information technology at Level 1, and develops the skills required if they wish to pursue an ICT / Computing qualification at GCSE.

Course Overview The GCSE ICT course teaches students about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts. They also learn a wide range of skills in software such as databases, spreadsheets, web authoring packages, and graphics-editing software. Students complete two units over the two years:

  • Unit 1: Living in a Digital World
  • Unit 2: Using Digital Tools

Unit 1 is theory-based and is assessed through an examination at the end of year 11. The exam is worth 40% of the final grade. Six key areas of theory are covered:

  1. Personal digital devices
  2. Connectivity
  3. Operating online
  4. Online goods and services
  5. Online communities
  6. Issues

Unit 2 is a controlled assessment, and involves students completing a series of tasks set by the exam board. The tasks are based around a theme. The current theme is a music festival, and students produce a series of publications and products which support the promotion of the event. As well as learning to use a wide range of digital tools, and learn to work collaboratively, evaluating one another's work and providing constructive feedback to help further improve the product.

GCSE Computing
Course Overview GCSE Computing The GCSE Computing course offers an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming. The course provides a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. Students complete three units over the two years:

  • A451 – Computer Systems and Programming
  • A452 – Practical Investigation
  • A453 – Programming Project

Unit A451 is theory-based and counts for 40% of the final grade. Seven key topics are covered:

  1. Fundamentals of computer systems
  2. Computing hardware
  3. Software
  4. Representation of data in computer systems
  5. Databases
  6. Computer communications and networking
  7. Programming

Open Systems Computing
We have three computer suites, and a dedicated classroom with laptops, as well as access to a range of other facilities including digital cameras, flip video cameras, "stand alone" machines and Raspberry Pis. In addition, there are three IT suites in the Sixth Form building which are used to deliver the BTEC and A Level courses.

Ben Coldicott

Mr Coldicott has worked as Head of ICT/Computing since 2009. He has a passion for technology and how it can improve people's lives, and has been using computers from a very young age. He grew up using a wide range of different computers, including a Dragon 64, a BBC B, a Commodore Amiga 500 and finally a Windows PC - a far cry from his Sinclair ZX81 which had a whopping 1 kilobyte of RAM! He now owns a laptop, a PlayStation 3 and two Raspberry Pis. He read Applied Psychology and Computing at Bournemouth University and completed his PGCE at Nottingham Trent University in 2003. He believes that 'everyone should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you to how to think' – to quote Steve Jobs – and very much enjoys teaching it at Huish! In his spare time, he enjoys running, swimming, most outdoor activities, learning languages and travelling – especially in Spain, where he has travelled over 2,500km on foot over the last few years!

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