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Information Technology

IT Staff
Mr S Pickering (Head of Team) spickering@conyers.org.uk
Mr C Rance crance@conyers.org.uk
Mr C Coleman ccoleman@conyers.org.uk
Mr C Ritson critson@conyers.org.uk
Mr E Rushworth erushworth@conyers.org.uk

Please select the links below to view further information about the department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on along with information on how to prepare.

  • Key Stage 4
  • Sixth Form
  • Year 10 Assessment
  • Year 11 Assessment
  • Year 12 Assessment

ICT (Cambridge Nationals) For current Year 10 and 11 students only

Introduction

Our students will use ICT in nearly every one of their future jobs. Business needs people who can successfully do more than just the basics when it comes to ICT. Some businesses will require our students to use ICT in a way that we can hardly imagine today.  Every academic course that our students study will require them to use ICT. At home, not only will our students use ICT, but many parents and grandparents will need our students to help them set up emails, access social media, and in fact help them to live a digital life. From personal computers to smartphones, computing devices are an essential feature of the modern world. Technology may be changing every day, but the knowledge and understanding of how to use computers effectively is the same regardless of the technology being used. By the end of this course students will have an understanding of how Interactive products are used widely in everyday life, along with an understanding of how applications are used in business.

Skills

This course will equip learners with sound ICT skills for everyday use and provide opportunities to develop in context those desirable, transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others or communicating technical concepts effectively. Students will work with business applications and multimedia applications. As well as the Business aspect of ICT students will also explore the creativeness of digital world by learning how to use and work with multimedia packages such as Photoshop and Serif Animation.

Units

  • Understanding computer systems – will study the computer system on which applications software sits and consider the implications of working with data to create content,
  • Creating Business solutions – work with applications software to edit and format/create content to meet specified business purposes.
  • Creating an interactive product using multimedia components – This unit will enable learners to demonstrate their creative flair by combining multimedia components to create a vibrant, energetic or stimulating www, webpage, or interactive product.
  • Creating digital images – you  will be able to create a digital image that communicates the intended message effectively, meeting the client’s needs, and they will have extended their capability within the use of digital editing software packages.

Assessment

  • Understanding Computer Systems – Assessed by examination 1 hour paper,
  • Creating Business solutions – Centre Assessed Task
  • Creating an interactive product using multimedia components – Centre Assessed Task
  • Creating Digital Images – Centre Assessed Task

BTEC Information Technology Level 3 Exam Board: Edexcel

What is Information Technology (IT)?

IT is the study of the systems that are used to manage and share information personally socially and in business. For example it is the relationship between the hardware and software that form an IT system, managing and processing data to support business and using IT to communicate and share information.

Why study it?

The IT sector is forecast as one of the main sectors for future job creation in the Tees Valley. In addition there is a national shortage of higher level IT skills. A particular shortage exists in people combining IT skills with Business and or Creative skills. The study of creating IT systems to manage and share information, alongside other fields of study, will enable you to progress to a wide range of higher education courses, apprenticeships and employment not necessarily in IT. Information technology systems have a significant role in the world around us and play a part in almost everything we do. Having a sound understanding of how to effectively select and use appropriate IT systems will benefit you personally and professionally. In order to produce information to support many business processes as well as our social lives, relational databases are widely used to manage and process data. From the smallest in-house systems to stock control systems for large online retailers, databases are repositories of information that are a significant part of organisational operating requirements. Understanding how to use social media for business purposes is useful for employment in information technology and in a variety of business sectors. Also, social media skills are closely linked with web and mobile applications development. Social media websites are a popular way for people to communicate and share information with friends and family. People spend a lot of time on social media websites and they give businesses opportunities to interact with people, for example to promote their business, to encourage people to visit their e-commerce site and buy, to provide customer service. You may be familiar with social media for personal use and in this course you will discover how it can be used in a business context. Increasingly, organisations rely on websites to serve customers and, in some cases, to generate revenue. With millions of web pages being created daily, the need for websites to be engaging, innovative and desirable is an important tool for communication socially and in business.

The structure of the course

Extended Certificate—Course & Module Description

The course is delivered via 4 Units—Equivalent in size to 1 A Level Information Technology Systems You will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations. Exploring the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system. You will examine issues related to the use of IT systems and the impact that they have on organisations and individuals. Assessment – This unit is externally assessed through a written examination. Creating Systems to Manage Information You will study the design, creation, testing and evaluation of a relational database system to manage information. Examining the structure of data and its origins, and how an efficient data design follows through to an effective and useful database. You will examine a given scenario and develop an effective design solution to produce a database system. You will then test your solution to ensure that it works correctly. Finally, you will evaluate each stage of the development process and the effectiveness of your database solution. Assessment -The set task will be completed in class. Using Social Media in Business You will explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Also implementing social media activities in a business to meet requirements. You will explore different social media websites, the ways in which they can be used and the potential pitfalls when using them for business purposes. You will develop a plan to use social media strategies for business purposes to achieve specific aims and objectives. You will then implement the plan, developing and posting content and interacting with others. Finally, you will collect data on the business use of social media and review the effectiveness of your efforts. Assessment – The set task will be completed in class. Website Development You will investigate website development principles. Designing and developing a website using scripting languages. In this unit, you will review existing websites – commenting on their overall design and effectiveness. You will use scripting languages such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript® and a simple text editor, or rapid application development tools. Finally, you will reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process. Assessment – The set task will be completed in class.

What next?

Studying BTEC IT Level 3 can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following;

  • All Businesses requiring IT related expertise
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Content Developer
  • Web Site Developer

If you have any further questions regarding Information Technology, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below.

Year 10 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
R0005 Creating an interactive product using multimedia components Practical
  • LO1: Be able to initiate projects
  • LO2: Know how to construct research projects
  • LO3 Be able to carry out projects
  • LO 4 Know how to review projects
  • Identify success criteria
  • Design techniques
  • House style
  • Legislation
  • Templates
  • Master slide
  • Navigation systems
  • Interaction techniques
  • Presentation effects
  • testing

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
R0005 Creating an interactive product using multimedia components Practical Examination assessment
  • LO1: Be able to initiate projects
  • LO2: Know how to construct research projects
  • LO3 Be able to carry out projects
  • LO 4 Know how to review projects
  • Identify success criteria
  • Design techniques
  • House style
  • Legislation
  • Presentation skills
  • Templates
  • Master slide
  • Navigation systems
  • Interaction techniques
  • Presentation effects
  • Testing

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
R0001 Understanding Computer systems Theory
  • LO1: Understand how ICT can be used to meet business needs
  • LO2 Know how to work with information and data to meet needs
  • Computing Devices input / output
  • Operating systems
  • Applications software
  • Storage and connectivity
  • Factors affecting choice of system
  • Peripherals
  • Monitoring employees
  • Data Capture
  • Data Validation
  • File formats
  • Data storage
  • Security

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
R0001 Understanding Computer systems Theory
  • LO3 Know how ICT can be used to support business working practices
  • Methods of remote communication
  • Diary Management
  • Cloud based services

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
R0001 Understanding Computer systems Theory
  • LO4 Understand how legal, ethical, safety and security issues affect how computers should be used
  • Health and safety
  • Data protection
  • Copyright
  • Computer misuse
  • Social moral ethical issues
  • Threats to data

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
  External examination All R001 topics

Year 11 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 2 Problem Solving
  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of ICT.
  • AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based solutions.
  • AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions.
  • Multimedia Coursework
  • Graphics
  • Sound
  • Animation
  • Presentation skills

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Practical Unit 2 Problem Solving
  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of ICT.
  • AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based solutions.
  • AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions.
  • Multimedia Coursework
  • Graphics
  • Sound
  • Animation
  • Presentation skills
Theory Unit 1 Understanding ICT
  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of ICT.
  • AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based solutions.
  • AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions.
  • Inputs
  • Outputs
  • Data and information Data validation Verification (passwords and online data entry forms)
  • Laws
  • Email and web
  • Spreadsheets and databases
  • Online Shopping
  • School Systems

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 1 Understanding ICT Unit 3 – ICT in Organisations
  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of ICT.
  • AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based solutions.
  • AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions.
  • Home Entertainment
  • Home and personal communication systems
  • Home Business
  • Multimedia industries
  • Staying safe on line
  • Emerging technologies

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 3 – ICT in Organisations
  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of ICT.
  • AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based solutions.
  • AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions.
  • Networks
  • Social environmental impact
  • HCI
  • Organisations use of ICT
  • Safety in organisations

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 1 Understanding ICT Unit 3 – ICT in Organisations
  • AO1 Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of ICT.
  • AO2 Apply knowledge, understanding and skills to produce ICT-based solutions.
  • AO3 Analyse, evaluate, make reasoned judgements and present conclusions.
  • Final examination
  • All topics

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Qualification completed    

Year 12 Assessment

BTEC Nationals Information Technology Specification – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/information-technology-2016.coursematerials.html#filterQuery=category:Pearson-UK:Category%2FSpecification-and-sample-assessments

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 3 Using Social media in Business A Explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services B Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements C Implement the use of social media in a business A1 Social media websites A2 Business uses of social media A3 Risks and issues

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 3 Using Social media in Business B Develop a plan to use social media in a business to meet requirements B1 Social media planning processes B2 Business requirements B3 Content planning and publishing B4 Developing an online community B5 Developing a social media policy B6 Reviewing and refining plans
C Implement the use of social media in a business C1 Creating accounts and profiles C2 Content creation and publication C3 Implementation of online community building C4 Data gathering and analysis C5 Skills, knowledge and behaviours

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: complete, draw, give, identify, name, state Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: calculate, complete, demonstrate, describe, draw, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 10 marks AO3 Select and use information technologies and procedures to explore likely outcomes and find solutions to problems in context Command words: calculate, demonstrate, develop, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO4 Analyse and evaluate information, technologies and procedures in order to recommend and justify solutions to IT problems Command words: analyse, demonstrate, discuss, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks AO5 Make connections between the application of technologies, procedures, outcomes and solutions to resolve IT problems Command words: evaluate, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks A Digital devices in IT systems A1 Digital devices, their functions and use A2 Peripheral devices and media A3 Computer software in an IT system A4 Emerging technologies A5 Choosing IT systems B Transmitting data B1 Connectivity B1 Connectivity B3 Issues relating to transmission of data

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: complete, draw, give, identify, name, state Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: calculate, complete, demonstrate, describe, draw, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 10 marks AO3 Select and use information technologies and procedures to explore likely outcomes and find solutions to problems in context Command words: calculate, demonstrate, develop, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO4 Analyse and evaluate information, technologies and procedures in order to recommend and justify solutions to IT problems Command words: analyse, demonstrate, discuss, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks AO5 Make connections between the application of technologies, procedures, outcomes and solutions to resolve IT problems Command words: evaluate, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks C Operating online C1 Online systems C2 Online communities

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: complete, draw, give, identify, name, state Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: calculate, complete, demonstrate, describe, draw, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 10 marks AO3 Select and use information technologies and procedures to explore likely outcomes and find solutions to problems in context Command words: calculate, demonstrate, develop, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO4 Analyse and evaluate information, technologies and procedures in order to recommend and justify solutions to IT problems Command words: analyse, demonstrate, discuss, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks AO5 Make connections between the application of technologies, procedures, outcomes and solutions to resolve IT problems Command words: evaluate, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks D Protecting data and information D1 Threats to data, information and systems D2 Protecting data E Impact of IT systems E1 Online services E2 Impact on organisations E3 Using and manipulating data

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Unit 1: Information Technology Systems AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: complete, draw, give, identify, name, state Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of information technology terms, standards, concepts and processes Command words: calculate, complete, demonstrate, describe, draw, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 10 marks AO3 Select and use information technologies and procedures to explore likely outcomes and find solutions to problems in context Command words: calculate, demonstrate, develop, explain, produce Marks: ranges from 1 to 6 marks AO4 Analyse and evaluate information, technologies and procedures in order to recommend and justify solutions to IT problems Command words: analyse, demonstrate, discuss, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks AO5 Make connections between the application of technologies, procedures, outcomes and solutions to resolve IT problems Command words: evaluate, produce, write Marks: ranges from 6 to 12 marks F Issues F1 Moral and ethical issues F2 Legal issues

Unit 1 External Examination