Information Technology

Key Stage 4 Information Technology

Exam Board and Specification

Information Technology follows the OCR Cambridge National specification J808.

It is primarily for learners aged 14-16 who wish to develop applied knowledge and practical skills in using information technologies and want to progress onto other related study, such as qualifications in IT, Digital Media, Computer Science. It also gives a solid foundation of core skills to assist where a student wants to pursue further unrelated study, an apprenticeship or full time employment.

Final assessment is at the end of Year 11 consisting of a written exam worth 50% of the qualification and an internally assessed, externally moderated piece of coursework, also worth 50% of the qualification.

Topics/Skills Taught

Year 10

  • Data and Information; collection and storage
  • Threats and vulnerabilities of IT systems; Cyber-attacks and prevention
  • Manipulation of data
  • Presentation of data in a user friendly format

Year 11

  • Targeting data for a specific need
  • Project lifecycle
  • Initiation and planning of solutions
  • Execution and testing of solutions
  • The iterative review process
  • Project evaluation and documentation


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Extra-Curricular Opportunities