ICT and Computer Science
ICT and Computer Science forms part of a broad and balanced curriculum provided within Trinity School and College, where every young person has the opportunity to learn from the primary phase onwards. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the young people and support the curriculum subjects as a method of communication.
The curriculum is focus on the development and understanding of skills for life within ICT and therefore Computing Science is taught through the ICT focused curriculum provision. The two areas of study do overlap. For example an education Computer Science includes aspects of the use and application of computers, and an education in ICT covers aspects of programming and understanding of computing devices. But as learners progress to specialised subjects, the focus of ICT provision is to support learners moving forward to adulthood, employment, training and further education.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) focuses on the creative and productive use and application of technology and computer systems, especially in organisations. We take ICT to also include Information Technology, Applied ICT, Digital Literacy and Skills, and e-safety, across the curriculum.
Computer Science is the study of the foundational principles and practices of computation and computational thinking, and their application in the design and development of computer systems.
Information and Communication Technology
- The study of computer systems and how they are used
- Human need is central to the subject
- Concerned with the design, development and evaluation of systems, with particular emphasis on the data, functional and usability requirements of end users
- Focuses on building or programming a solution by using a combination of currently available devices and software.
- Emphasis on selecting, evaluating, designing and configuring appropriate software and devices. Programming is one method of creating desired outcomes.
- ICT supports, enhances and empowers human activity and informs future developments.
- Tending towards the higher level study and application of ICT in a range of contexts, from academic to vocational.
- The study of how computer systems are built and work
- Computation is central to the subject
- Concerned with algorithmic thinking, and the ways in which a real-world problem can be decomposed in order to construct a working solution
- Solves problems and develops new systems by writing new software and developing innovative computational approaches.
- Emphasis on principles and techniques for building new software and designing new hardware. Programming and coding is a central technique to create outcomes.
- Computation is a “lens” through which we can understand the natural world, and the nature of thought itself, in a new way.
- Tending towards higher level academic study of Computing and Computer Science.
The courses run at Trinity School and College are NCFE Information Technology Qualification (Level 1, 2 and 3) and the full range of Functional Skills ICT at ELC, Level 1 and 2.
ICT is used extensively to be assistive to the young learner. It support communication and learning across the curriculum with access to specialist supportive software when needed. Trinity has invested heavily in ICT in the past two years with touch screen technology in the ICT suite, in an interactive table for group activities, ipad access for all School Students and iMedia studies (including Into Film Projects) as well as laptops for all College and Gateway Students.