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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.
 
ICT
 
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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New Technology Staff

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Mrs A. Hardy

Mrs A. Hardy

Associate Assistant Principal - Subject Leader Business Studies & Media

I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejec...

Mrs A. Hardy

Mrs A. Hardy

Associate Assistant Principal - Subject Leader Business Studies & Media

I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejected this idea until I was a bit older. When I left Leeds University with my English and Media degree, I was determined to work in the Media so I wrote to every radio station in the area and eventually landed a job doing the competitions at WISH FM in Wigan. I then decided to go into Marketing and did a stint at two theatres in St Helens and Lancaster before I managed to achieve my dream job of working at ITV. I used to organize the competitions and votes for all the regional programmes across ITV working out of the old ITV Granada building. Eventually I realized that working in TV, although exciting, just wasn’t going to be fulfilling enough for me. My best friend was an English teacher and she very kindly let me visit her school to see what it was like and I loved it. I decided to study for a GTP programme and had a fantastic mentor teaching English and Media at Standish High School in Wigan. I then moved on to be Head of Media at Ribblesdale School in Clitheroe and then became Assistant Head of New Technologies at Accrington. The favourite part of my job is seeing the students grow in confidence throughout the years and sharing my passion for film and television with the students. Outside of school I have two little girls who keep me busy and I’m involved with my local am dram group acting, singing and dancing.

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Teacher of Media

I have been working as a professional photographer and videography for 20 years. I completed my degr...

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Teacher of Media

I have been working as a professional photographer and videography for 20 years. I completed my degree in photography at Blackpool and the Fylde College. I have been very lucky to have worked all over the world taking photos and making videos. I have been teaching Photography and Media for 13 years.
Most of my teaching has been in Further Education and Higher Education and I continue to engage in professional photography and video work outside of my teaching.

Mr P. Brown

Mr P. Brown

Subject Leader Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7

If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driv...

Mr P. Brown

Mr P. Brown

Subject Leader Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7

If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driver! Nobody would have predicted I would be a teacher. I found that school got in the way of my play time with friends. The advice of one teacher had an impact. I tried and when it resulted in rewards, I was hooked! It became a competition to work my way up to the higher sets. It was only at college that I started to be interested in computers and University seemed to be the obvious next step. After working in web design and completing my MSc, I decided that I wanted a career where I could pass on my passion of computing and new technology. At Accrington Academy I see many young people who remind me of my younger self. I may not be a train driver but I am taking students on a journey through school and helping them reach success.

Mr P. Morgan

Mr P. Morgan

Teacher of ICT

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Mr P. Morgan

Mr P. Morgan

Teacher of ICT

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Mr K. Moore

Mr K. Moore

Teacher of ICT

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Mr K. Moore

Mr K. Moore

Teacher of ICT

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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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