Functional ICT

 

 

The ILC benefits from a large number of student laptops, tablets and Interactive resources to ensure that all students have the opportunity to use ICT as part of their wider learning in all subjects.

  • KS3 students study digital literacy as part of the new national curriculum which gives them the skills to access functional ICT at KS4 level.
  • KS4 students are taught Functional Skills Qualifications at level 1 an 2 depending on ability and the individual provision for the student. We try to have students entered to functional skills exams as soon as they are ready to take them in order for them to achieve level 1 and level in the same year. Functional skills ICT level 1 & 2 is a recognised qualification by further education providers and employers.

The Department for Education (DfES) defines functional skills as “the core elements of English, mathematics and information communication technology (ICT) that provide an individual with the essential knowledge, skills, and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently effectively and independently in life and at work.”

ICT Functional Skills qualifications are designed to equip learners with the confidence and ability to use ICT systems and tools, and find, select, develop, present, and communicate information. They’re assessed by a single, external, paper-based test that’s available on demand and completed at a computer.

 Qualification purpose

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.

Qualification objectives

The aims of these qualifications are to develop learner understanding and skills in:

  • Using ICT
  • Finding and selecting information
  • Developing, presenting and communicating information

Level 1

Assessment description

A 2 hour test paper set and marked by Pearson

Learners will be required to prepare a task using ICT systems (and appropriate resources) and submit this to Pearson

The total number of marks available is 50

The component assesses all required functional skills ICT standards

Level 2

Assessment description

A 2 hour test paper set and marked by Pearson

Learners will be required to prepare a task using ICT systems (and appropriate resources) and submit this to Pearson

The total number of marks available is 50

The component assesses all required functional skills ICT standards

Autumn Term 2 – ICT Topics

Key Stage 3:

  • Future Technology
      Looking at how technology has changed over the years and to look at possible future developments.
      Looking at Science fiction and how some has become science fact.
      Creating a Presentation of findings and ideas.
  • Cyber Bullying
      As part of Anti-bullying week, in conjunction with PSHE, looking at cyber-bullying and online safety.
      Producing Desk Top published literature to advise teenagers of how to be safe in the cyber community.
  • Final project to be finalised

Key Stage 4:

  • Delivering ICT Functional Skills through subject specific tasks.
      To relate the ICT skills to other subjects, by supporting subject use of ICT. This could range from writing up Science experiments, creating charts, researching, producing documents.
  • Remembrance Day activity.
      Linking with the English work on World Wars and the novel War Horse, students will be researching either members of their family, people with their surname or people that lived in their street and see what they did in either the 1st or 2nd World Wars.
      Accessing stored archive resources to trace these people.
  • Cyber Bullying
      As part of Anti-bullying week, in conjunction with PSHE, looking at cyber-bullying and online safety.
      Producing Desk Top published literature to advise teenagers of how to be safe in the cyber community.
  • Functional Skills assessment project.
      Students to complete a short project to assess areas of their ICT Functional Skills.