Information and Communications Technology is an integral part of the world we live in and consequently plays a key role in the education of all Taunton School pupils.

Benefiting from computers in the library and classrooms, plus two dedicated ICT suites and several subject-specific suites, Year 9 pupils are able to hone their ICT skills as part of their studies and to aid other subjects.

In line with today’s continuously evolving technology, Year 10 and 11 pupils opting for iGCSE in ICT cover a wide curriculum. Topics include the impact of ICT, find and select information, develop, present and communicate information, ICT systems and the impact of ICT.
Sixth Formers at AS level cover a broad and varied range of ICT topics, including data, information, software and hardware components of an information system, knowledge and processing. Also, characteristics of standard applications software and application areas, spreadsheet concepts, relational database concepts and applications software used for presentation and communication of data. Plus, the role and impact of ICT (legal, moral and social issues), software design, software development, testing and documentation.

And A2 level ICT courses cover the systems cycle, designing computer-based information systems, networks and communication and applications of ICT. Also, implementing computer-based information systems, implications of ICT, design, definition, investigation and analysis. Plus, software development, testing and implementation, documentation and evaluation.

As part of the School’s Safe Use Policy, a number of Sixth Formers take on the role of Cyber Prefect to monitor and ensure the safe and appropriate use of ICT.

IGCSE in ICT aims to encourage the exploration and study of ICT in a variety of contexts: home, community, business, industry, recreation and education. In any given situation, students will be given the opportunity to acquire competence, ability and critical skills through the implementation, use and evaluation of a range of ICT systems and can develop their interest in, enjoyment of, and critical reflections about ICT as an integral part of modern society.

Students  will learn about:

  • ICT systems and components, including network systems
  • The impact of ICT in everyday life
  • The Internet and issues associated with it
  • Using  all of the main ICT software programmes
  • The different parts of a computer
  • The internal parts of a computer, how they work and what they do
  • Input and output devices, what they do and how they work
  • How computers communicate together
  • How ICT has changed the world we live and work in (good and bad)
  • Safe and efficient use of the Internet and legal issues of using ICT

The specification enables students to:

  • Acquire and apply ICT skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts
  • Develop ICT-based solutions to address challenges and solve problems
  • Develop an understanding of ICT system
  • Develop an understanding and awareness of current and emerging technologies
  • Develop an awareness of the legal, social, ethical and environmental consequences of the use of ICT systems for individuals, organisations and society
  • Recognise potential risks when using ICT and develop safe, secure and responsible practice

iGCSE ICT is a real benefit for those interested in A-Level ICT, Computer Science and any other business-related or technical qualification. It is also valued as an introduction to develop independent research and analysis skills that are an essential element for studying the International Baccalaureate.