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Kingswood Secondary Academy

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Key Stage 3

At all levels, our students have access to our Virtual Learning Environment and submit homework and some coursework electronically. We currently cover a wide range of topics from the below list.

  • Coding
  • Word Processing
  • Multimedia Presentation
  • Document Publishing
  • Health and Safety in ICT
  • Logo Design
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Control
  • Responsible use of the Internet
  • Research Skills
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Graphic Design and Animation
  • Data Logging
  • Web Design and Control

Key Stage 4

Certificate in Digital Applications

Learners who successfully achieve CiDA at Level 2 will be awarded grades A*-C, which are equivalent in value to GCSE grades A*-C.

CiDA at Level 2 consists of 2 units, Unit 1 – Developing Web Products is externally assessed through a practical examination 25%. Unit 3 - Artwork and Imaging is internally assessed coursework and makes up the remaining 75% of the qualification.

Unit 1 – Developing Web Products (externally assessed practical examination 25%).

When your attention is captured by a web page advertising a competition, promoting an event or launching a new product, what makes you stop and look?

Don’t be fooled by technical wizardry. It may have spectacular images, eye-catching animation or attention grabbing text, but what makes it effective is the way the components work together.

This unit aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to produce attention grabbing web products using web authoring software, multimedia assets and navigation features.

You will demonstrate your ability to design, build and test a web product in a practical computer-based examination set by Pearson.

Unit 3 – Artwork and Imaging (Internally assessed 75%)

Images of one sort or another are all around us, often influencing what we do and how we think. They are used to communicate messages in many different contexts including advertising, music, fashion, interior design, computer games and architecture. We see them everywhere – as we work or study, out shopping or on holiday.

This unit aims to give you the skills to use the tools and techniques provided by artwork and imaging software to design and create effective graphic products for specified purposes and audiences. You will investigate a range of graphic products to find out how images are used to convey a particular message. You will discover that you like some of these products more than others and you will need to consider why this is the case.

Once you have a good understanding of the possibilities offered by artwork and imaging, you will learn how to produce images that communicate effectively onscreen and in print and how to combine them with other components to produce graphic products. You will need to consider the medium, purpose and audience as well as file format and size.

You will demonstrate your ability to create effective images and graphic products through your work on a major project set by Pearson. This will include exhibiting your work and supporting evidence in an eportfolio.

Key Stage 5

Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in IT

Year 12: The Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in IT currently contains 2 externally assessed units:

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of IT

UNIT AIM: A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.

After completing this unit, the knowledge, skills and understanding you have developed will underpin your study for the additional units.

  • 90glh unit
  • 1 hour 30 minutes exam
  • 80 marks
  • Part A – approx. 18-20% multiple choice. Part B short answer questions (no more than 10 marks per question)
  • Available in both January and June series
  • It will be paper based

LO weightings:

  • LO1 10-20%
  • LO2 10-20%
  • LO3 25-35%
  • LO4 5-15%
  • LO5 10-20%

Unit 2 – Global Information

UNIT AIM: The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations. You will discover that good management of both data and information is essential, and that it can give any organisation a competitive edge.

This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.

This unit will help you to understand the legislation and regulation governing information that flows into and out of an organisation and the constraints and limitations that apply to it. You will also learn the relationship between data and information. Knowledge gained in the study of this unit will also help prepare you for relevant industry qualifications such as VM Ware

  • 90glh unit
  • 1 hour 30 minutes exam
  • 80 marks
  • Part A short-answer questions based on pre-release research brief (42 marks). Part B short-answer questions not based on the case study (38 marks). ( Maximum 10 marks per question)
  • Pre-release approx. 6-8 weeks prior to the exam.
  • A clean copy of this pre-release material will be given to learners with the question paper (no notes)
  • Available in both January and June series
  • It will be paper based

LO weightings:

  • LO1 10-20%
  • LO2 25-35 %
  • LO3 10-20%
  • LO4 15-25%
  • LO5 0-10%
  • LO6 10-20%