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New Technology

What is New Technology ?

New Technology is a department that combines ICT, Media and Computer Science subjects. At Key Stage 3 all students study New Technology, which covers graphic design, computer science, broadcast technologies and games design.
At KS4 students can opt to choose the GCSE in Computer Science, the Cambridge Nationals in ICT and/or the GCSE Film and Media Studies courses. At KS5 students can study BTEC or A Level Media and A Level ICT.

journey-newtechYour Child’s Journey in New Technology

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In Year 7 and Year 8 students will study between 1 to 2 hours of New Technology every week.  These lessons cover a wide range of subjects and skills over 4 main strands : Digital Design, Broadcast Technologies, Computer Science and Games Design. Students will still study a range of basic ICT skills such as using email, word processing for example  however New Technology lessons are primarily to challenge and improve their knowledge of computing, graphic design and media to enhance their creative skills in these areas.

Students will learn how to use key software such as Photoshop, Indesign, IMovie, Premiere Pro, Blender, Python, Kodu and Scratch. The lessons are project-based where each half term module leads to a creative product such as a computer game design, a short advert or film, an animation, magazine covers or a robotics project.  Homework is based on these products with students being set one large task over 6 weeks which they will need to work on incrementally each week.

ICT Students currently study the OCR Cambridge Nationals qualification at KS4. 
This is a largely coursework based course comprising 8 units, one of which is an externally assessed exam.
The course covers a wide range of topics including graphic design, web design, networking, databases, spreadsheets, video production and business and ICT skills.
This course is valuable if you are wishing to take up ICT as a subject at KS5 and it works well as a complement to Business Studies.  It is a creative course involving practical projects for each unit but students do need to learn how ICT works and benefits different businesses which is invaluable in all workplaces.
This is a double qualification where students will receive the equivalent of 2 GCSEs.
This is a two year Advanced Level WJEC course. The A Level course is 40% coursework and 60% exam. The Year 1 coursework is focused around different ways of presenting information and requires candidates to create a leaflet, a mail merged document and a website. The Year 2 level coursework requires candidates to produce a project based around a relational database. The project allows candidates to experience what it is like to go through a full development lifecycle, from gathering the user requirements to testing and evaluating the database project.
The theoretical aspect of the course covers a wide range of interesting and engaging topics such as; Simulation Modelling, Uses of ICT in Business / Healthcare / Education, Social issues regarding the use of ICT, The Internet, Human-computer Interface, Management Information Systems and System Development Lifecycle.
The course encourages candidates to become discerning users of ICT, developing a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge and understanding of ICT. This should form a basis for progression into further learning at University and/or employment.

Several trips are planned so that pupils can experience first hand New Technologies in action, some of the regular trips are listed below:

  • British Aerospace
  • Warburton Bakery (HQ)
  • Harry Potter World
  • Jaguar car assembly plant

Learn to build your own computer during Geek Week, every term.

Join the “Girls do Computing Club” every week.

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  • GCSE Computer Science 80% Examination 80% 80%
  • GCSE Computer Science 20% Coursework 20% 20%
  • GCSE ICT 40% Examination 40% 40%
  • GCSE ICT 60% Coursework 60% 60%

I really enjoyed ICT classes; I worked hard and developed some really good computing skills. I am definitely going to study this at A-level and then onto university. The best thing about Computer Science was overcoming the challenges and feeling confident

Zain Iftikhar

Year 13 Student

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