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Information Communication Technology

Overview

Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 2

Functional Skills Information and Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that many learners are not achieving a sufficiently firm grounding in the basics

Aims and Objectives

The aim of these qualifications is to give candidates the opportunity to:

  • develop an understanding of functional skills in ICT at level 2
  • develop their skills and competences in ICT
  • achieve a nationally recognised qualification
  • prepare for employment
  • progress to further study

Specification

Learners are given an opportunity to develop their understanding and skills in in the following areas:

  • using ICT
  • finding and selecting information
  • developing, presenting and communicating information

Assessment Summary

To pass this qualification, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the skill standards for the qualification. The coverage and range determine the standard required to achieve the qualification.

Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills qualifications in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Level 2 is externally assessed through a 2 hour test paper. Learners will be required to carry out a number of tasks using ICT systems (and appropriate resources) which is submitted to Pearson. The total number of marks available is 50.

These qualifications are assessed as pass or fail. They are not graded. Learners must pass the component test to be awarded a qualification pass.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8)

Pupils should be taught to:

  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
  • use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions
  • understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]
  • understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits
  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  • create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

Year 7 Overview for the year 2019/20

Module

Topic

No of Weeks

Progression Pathway mapped to NC

1

E-safety, Security, Social Media and Ethics

7

Digital Literacy

2

History of Computers and Foundations of Computing

8

Computing

3

Introduction to Programming

6

Computing

4

Data Handling and Searching

6

Information Technology

5

How the web works

2

Digital Literacy

6

Web page creation from ground up

5

Computing


Year 8 Overview for the year 2019/20

Module

Topic

No of Weeks

National Curriculum Key Area

1

E-safety Revisited0

7

Digital Literacy

2

Operating Systems

8

Computing

3

Modelling and Simulation

6

Information Technology

4

Binary and Instruction set Design

6

Computing

5

Programming using selection statements and Boolean expressions

5

Computing

6

Connecting to the internet

3

Computing

STEPS GRID

Steps Grid - Computing


Curriculum Intent

Curriculum Intent ICT


Schemes of Work 2019/2020

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Homework

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