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Digital Technology


The world and its technology are evolving at a rapid pace. The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s acknowledges this and is continuing to rewrite and reinvent the way in which it delivers this.  For 2016/17, students will be sitting Computer Science, Digital Technology Engineering, ICT, IT and Media Studies under the Digital Technology umbrella.  Four industry standard computer suites and a continually evolving new curriculum, to meet the latest needs of employers and all our department’s subjects, will keep our students at the forefront of the digital age.

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KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 and 8 experience all three strands that Digital Technology has to offer. This enables students to find the area of ever growing subjects that they are most interested in and can excel at. On entry to the academy, students discover what it means to create digital media that is fit for purpose – a skill lacking in many fields of industry. From creating digital media for presentation purposes, students discover the art of game development creating something from nothing using code. They package this together with a final unit of enabling audio, photos, video to do the talking and promote their previously developed game.

Year 8 sees this theme continue to the next level with an introduction to application development through the use of mini Raspberry Pi computers and MinecraftEdu, website development and project management to conclude the areas of Digital Business (ICT and IT), Computing (Computer Science) and Creative Technology (Engineering and Media Studies). We believe this gives students the opportunity they need to find something they really love, and roll with it…

KS3 Assessment

Tracking students’ progress is as vital at KS3 as it is in their qualification years to identify the area(s) they excel in and where more attention is needed. To this end, we assess students every half-term through timed, formal activities in the classroom and provide written feedback at least every two weeks. This method engrains the skills and mindset needed to tackle GCSE and other qualifications at the end of their school life.

KS4 Curriculum

After having established the area they wish to specialise in, KS4 is where students can focus in on what they really love. Digital Technology is sitting the following qualifications in 2016 – 2017:

  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Engineering:

A level 2 qualification is the equivalent of a GCSE level and currently offers three units covering performance requirements, materials, manufacturing, quality assurance, health and safety, computer aided engineering and computer aided manufacturing.

  • WJEC GCSE in Computer Science:

This is for the student that is deeply interested in the workings of computers and how to develop advanced applications. It currently covers understanding the working of computer hardware, solving real world problems and developing solutions through the use of code.

  • BCS ECDL in IT Applications Level 2:

Again, equivalent to a GCSE, this provides an all online course covering the use of presentations, spreadsheets, word processing and improving productivity through providing instant feedback and results.

  • WJEC GCSE in Media Studies:

This provides an insight into how everything from adverts to film trailers are developed and involve the students creating their own media productions involving audio, photography and videography.

KS4 Assessment

In KS4, assessment is much more structured but built on the foundation already practiced in KS4 of timed, formal assessments as follows:

  • Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Engineering:
    • 3 units: 90 hours digital coursework portfolio; and
    • 1 unit: 1 hour digital exam.
  • WJEC GCSE in Computer Science:
    • 1 unit: 15 hour digital coding portfolio;
    • 1 unit: 2 hour digital exam; and
    • 1 unit: 1 hour 30 minute paper exam.
  • BCS ECDL in IT Applications Level 2:
    • 4 units: 120 hours digital coursework portfolio.
  • WJEC GCSE in Media Studies:
    • 1 unit: 72 hour digital coursework portfolio; and

1 unit: 2 hours 15 minutes paper exam.

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