Information and Communication Technology at Links Academy provides the students with a range of options for real life applications and targeted academic achievement. The newly refurbished ICT suite gives the pupils access to up to date equipment, a range of software and most importantly a safe and engaging environment to practice their skills. Students have access to Office Suite and a range of creative design, media and coding packages.
Students in year 10 and 11 have the option to follow the Edexcel level 1 and 2 Functional Skills in ICT curriculum; giving them hands on experience in a range of real life applications of Information and Communication Technology, learning through project based assignments. Digital Citizenship and e-Safety awareness training is provided through online media and personal discussions. On achieving level 2 Functional Skills the pupils are given the option of working towards achieving all eight modules of ECDL, the European Computing Driving Licence, a qualification that prepares them for a career path in office and administration.
Pupils in year 9 follow the Edexcel level Entry 3 and level 1 Functional Skills in ICT curriculum with additional learning towards computing coding and creative computing skills. The program helps the students to prepare for the year 10 and 11 ICT option and improve their study skills in preparation for their GCSE. We aim to teach the students not just what they need to know to be successful in their study at the Links Academy, but also to show them the many options a career in Information Technology and Computing has to offer.
Pupils in year 7 and 8 study a hybrid program based on both a KS3 Computing program similar to the mainstream curriculum and elements of the Functional Skills program with an emphasis on e-Safety and Digital Citizenship. The pupils gain many creative and coding skills, including game design, animations and Micro:Bit coding. At this stage learning is very much encouraged through the creative process, hands on experience and students working together to solve logical and computational problems.