Information Communication Technology

The ICT department, strive to create an environment where good teaching and quality learning reside. The enthusiasm and subject knowledge of staff empowers students to take responsibility for their own learning. We believe that ICT skills are essential to the development of a student in this technological age.

Hylands is fortunate enough to be equipped with two dedicated ICT suites which run industry standard software including Microsoft Office 2010 and the Adobe Creative Suite.

Key Stage 3 – Computer Science 

Our bespoke KS3 curriculum introduces students to an array of emerging technologies and key concepts of Computer Science. Students will work collaboratively on small projects introducing the fundamentals of problem solving, programming, pseudo code, flow diagrams, using software for business purposes in addition to raising the awareness of e-safety and cyber-bullying in addition to the exploration of up to date legislations.  The Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to prepare our students for Computer Science and Information Technologies courses that we offer at Key Stage 4 and 5.


Key Stage 4 

At Key Stage 4 are proud to offer both OCR GCSE Computer Science, in addition to the OCR Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies.
KS4 OCR Cambridge Nationals Information Technologies 
The aim of this course is to promote creative and collaborative working and problem solving whilst using the most contemporary technologies to communicate and present meaningful information which meets the needs of a client within a business environment.  This qualification will allow you to utilise a range of computer software to develop automated solutions for a client’s business. You will also learn an array of theoretical topics such as legislation and networking, project planning and systems security to name a few.
How will I be assessed?
An externally assessed 1 hour 45 minute written exam worth 50% of your final grade. 
An internally assessed computer project where you will have to use a variety of software to solve a real life problem, also worth 50% of your final grade. 
KS4 OCR GCSE Computer Science 9-1
The aim of this course assists in developing a complex understanding of the most contemporary and emerging technologies in terms of how they work in different contextual environments.  The course enables students to gain both technical and theoretical skills and apply the use of algorithms and complex problem solving in addition to programming skills.  Students will independently develop their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become astute computer scientists which will prepare them to  develop a real life programming project.
How will I be assessed?
Two written papers 
Computer systems (50% of the course) 
Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming (50% of the course) 
Programming Project
The programming project covers 20 hours of programming techniques, analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation and conclusions 
This is completed over a 20 hour period and consolidates the learning of the practical aspects of the course 

Key Stage 5- OCR Cambridge Technicals in IT Level 3

The aim of the course is to enable students the opportunity to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. This course allows our students to do so through applied learning with a combination of theoretical and practical based pedagogies.
Assessment Details: 5 units over two years (3 mandatory and 2 optional)  
2 mandatory units are assessed externally in the form of a written paper. This makes up 50% of the total mark.
3 units are centre-assessed in the form of coursework and are moderated by a visiting moderator from OCR. These units make up 50% of the total mark.  
This qualification is graded: Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.