Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
The purpose of the ICT curriculum is to provide an introduction to the application of project planning techniques to plan, design and develop a user interface, how to collect, present and interpret data and the use of digital systems. Students will be able to apply knowledge and understanding to decision-making in software choice appropriate to the task and the relevant problem-solving skills to make informed decisions about the use of ICT.
The digital sector is a major source of employment in the UK. Digital skills span all industries, and almost all jobs in the UK today require employees to have a good level of digital literacy. The UK Tech industry as a whole employs over 2.93 million people and has seen 40% growth between 2017-2019. The UK has positioned itself to be the ‘Digital capital of Europe’ as it continues to invest billions every year in digital skills and commerce. The modern world expects digital skills to be as important as English and maths. Having both technical skills and business understanding is the key to success.
The curriculum aims for Digital Information Technology is to cover the main skills and knowledge to be a competent user of ICT with the opportunity to learn extensive, relevant knowledge and useful, transferable skills. The course is sequenced to ensure students have a basic understanding in the subject prior to beginning any of their assessed modules and to ensure they develop the key skills necessary to understand a range of perspectives. Students will look at topics related to real world contexts where appropriate with opportunities to engage in a rich, broad and varied experience.
The curriculum is designed to give opportunities for students to develop ICT skills which enable them to produce the best outcomes and develop skills to the maximum of their ability and be the best that they can be.