ICT


ICT

Currently technology is becoming a centre point of our day-to-day lives. Studying ICT at Louth Academy helps our students develop skills that are required in both current and future jobs in the modern, digital world that we currently live in.

ICT isn't just about computers; it takes a broader approach and focuses on the way in which digital information is communicated. Despite computers being a large part to play; ICT also focuses on how devices like telephones and audio/visual networks can be used alongside computers.

The vast amount of experience and enthusiasm within this subject from our ICT teachers greatly aid in supporting the delivery of this subject within Louth Academy.

Please take your time to explore these pages to learn about what the school can offer you in relation to these essential subjects.


Ethos & Values

  • To enhance children's quality of learning through the effective delivery of the ICT/Computer Science curriculum.
  • To raise attainment by creating a target-orientated highly driven culture based on the enhancement of ICT skills and creative use of them in coursework.
  • To have consistently high expectations and match these with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To provide a range of educational experiences appropriate to the age, ability and needs of our students utilising all the ICT resources to hand.
  • To challenge our highest ability students with a Computer Science course that fulfils the needs and requirements of recent National changes and industry guidelines.
  • To manage and create resources to ensure maximum benefit ensuring all resources are of outstanding quality and are accessible as easily as possible.
  • To adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in all aspects of the delivery of all subjects within the Faculty.
  • To be promoters of lifelong learning by continually training and developing new skills using the latest technology.
  • To challenge our students with a Computer Science course that fulfils the needs and requirements of recent National changes and industry guidelines.

Knowledge & Skills

ICT focuses on using specialist software to prepare students for many future careers.

General skills may include:

  • Awareness of Target Audience and Purpose
  • Digital Literacy
  • Research skills
  • E-Safety awareness

As you progress further into the course, your skills will develop to cover:

  • Graphic creation and editing
  • Creating animations
  • Creating and editing videos

Resources & Facilities

In ICT we have a number of dedicated specialists, who are passionate about ICT and delivering the course to the best of their ability.

We use a range of software packages in ICT including:

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  • Microsoft Office: We teach students how to use some of the latest Microsoft office package effectively including word processing skills, data management through Excel and Access while developing students presenting skills using PowerPoint.

  • Serif: Serif also includes a range of software which students are taught how to use. Students will use Serif MoviePlus to learn how to create professional looking videos while also use DrawPlus to create graphics and animations. Students will also learn about web design, creating websites using Serif WebPlus.

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  • Adobe: Students will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to combine multiple graphics together. They will use a range of tools to create different graphics on the computer, which meet a suitable Target Audience and Purposes.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 4

iMedia - We offer the Cambridge National Creative iMedia course by OCR. This vocationally-related qualification takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. It will equip students with a range of skills and provide opportunities to develop, in context, transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts effectively.

Students will complete a total of 4 units over the course, which are each worth 25% of their final grade. These units include:

Creating Digital Graphics – In this unit students will learn about the purpose and properties of digital graphics and use specialist software to create their own DVD Cover.

Storytelling With a Comic Strip – In this unit students will understand the basics of comic strip creation. They will have to interpret a client brief and use planning and preparation techniques to create their own comic strip.

Creating a Multipage Website – In this unit students will be able to demonstrate their creativity by combining components to create a functional, intuitive and aesthetically pleasing website.

Preproduction Skills – This unit is a theory based unit in which pupils will learnt about areas such as target audience, mood boards, design elements and scripting. This unit is accessed through a written exam.


Learning Outside The Classroom

Coursework Catch-Up:

There are numerous sessions during the year where students are invited to attend coursework catch-up sessions after school and at weekends and during half term where they can come in and do their work in a relaxed atmosphere with more one to one help from staff.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

In today's world, ICT is used everywhere; every day. Choosing to major in ICT would certainly put you above those without when applying for future careers. Some of the possible careers ICT could lead you into include:

  • Website Designer
  • Games Designer
  • Teacher
  • Systems Analyst
  • Administration and ICT Support

E-Safety

Download the E-Safety document below for more information.

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Louth Academy
Executive Principal

Martin Brown
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT
Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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