Welcome to the ICT Department
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FacilitiesThere are five ICT suites and various clusters of PC's within departments around the school. Most machines run Windows 7 and include a variety of software applications such as: Adobe Creative Suite 5 and Microsoft Office 2010. There are interactive whiteboards and projectors in all of the suites.
The ICT rooms in A-block are available to all students during lunchtime from 12:00 till 12:30.
There are extra resources available to interested students including a programmable Lego robot and raspberry pi computer. One interesting Raspberry Pi project which can be followed is "making jelly bean scream".
There is a regular Tuesday ICT after-school club aimed at CiDA, GCSE and A Level Computer Science students.
We run Computer Science related trips throughout the year aimed at specific groups. In the autumn we took students from Y11 to Bletchley Park to visit the National Museum of Computing. We are also running this trip in the summer term for Y10 GCSE Computer Science students. In February Y12 students are visiting Birmingham University to participate in a master class on "How to build a Robot".
Both ICT and Computer Science units are taught in each year at Hagley. Students learn important IT skills and also develop an awareness, knowledge and understanding of Computer Science. One key feature of the Computer Science element of KS3 is the teaching of basic programming concepts through the use of Scratch.
KS4 - Core Curriculum
Y9 students undertake a Microsoft Office Specialist course in PowerPoint. Y10 students undertake a Microsoft Office Specialist course in Excel. Students that achieve these qualifications early have the opportunity to study for further qualifications. Note: there are no core ICT lessons in Y11.
KS4 - GCSE Computer Science (Option)
Students have the option to study for a GCSE in Computer Science which is an English Baccalaureate subject. This means that the course is recognised as an academic and rigorous qualification counting towards the Science component of the Ebacc. This course is an excellent introduction to programming and prepares students well for A Level Computing and further study.
KS4 - CiDA - Certificate in Digital Applications (Option)
The CiDA option has been running very successfully for a number of years. 100% of students have achieved grades A*-C every year. A large part of this qualification centres on website development and multimedia (video/sound editing, animation).
KS5 - AS/A2 Computing
Hagley is one of only a few local schools able to offer this qualification at A Level. This course is very different to A Level ICT as it focuses on understanding how computers work and develops practical programming skills. Students wanting to study this course are recommended to have GCSE Maths at grade B or higher.