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The John Bentley School

An Outstanding Centre For Learning

ICT & Technology

The world of ICT and Technology is changing constantly and we strive to keep up with the changes, offering an up-to-date curriculum covering a variety of challenging subjects from animation to programming. The ICT department looks to cover all three strands of the Computing curriculum (Digital Literacy, IT and Computing). As a team we have worked hard to build a new curriculum in Technology and are pleased that we have a wide variety of subjects that students can now study: Food, Product Design and Textiles. The department realise that there is an opportunity to create joint ventures between the two subjects and this is something that as a team will be working towards. Our aim is to ensure that by the time our students leave JBS, our students are confident, responsible, creative and skilled users of ICT & Technology.


Year 10 - Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia 

Students are currently studying the Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia. This qualification builds on knowledge from Year 9 and provides students with the opportunity to be creative, independent and have an awareness for the digital sector and producing media based products for the use in the IT world. Students will study a range of areas including: graphics, animation and pre-production skills.

There are four units of work over the two years one of which is an external exam.

Year 10 - BTEC Level 2 First Award in Engineering  

Throughout Year 10 and 11 students are expected to study 4 different units of work. They begin with Engineering Materials, where students have the opportunity to complete practical work that explores different materials and their properties. This then results in the students completing a piece of coursework testing and evaluating two chosen materials. During the unit called Investigating an Engineering Product, students complete a product disassembly and have to comment on the different components and how to improve the construction. The Engineered World is the examination unit that students sit part the way through Year 11. The final unit students study is Health and Safety in Engineering, where they have to demonstrate that they can use the equipment safely.

Students will be given opportunities to learn practical skills in the workshop, as well as completing their written assignments.

Year 10 Food - Hospitality and Catering Level 2 Award 

Catering has been designed to support students who want to learn about this sector and the roles within it. The structure has been designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding related to Hospitality and Catering providers, how they operate and what they need to be successful. It also covers issues related to nutrition and food safety, including current food legislation. Students will have the opportunity to develop food preparation and cooking skills related to the catering industry.

The course is made up of two units, Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry and Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action. Unit one is an exam unit and Unit 2 is a coursework unit where students are given a brief to work from

Year 11 – BTEC Level 2 First Award in Information in Creative Technologies 

This qualification builds on the work already completed in Year 9 and is designed for students who enjoy doing ICT projects and who are interested in learning new software and ICT knowledge. The students will complete a number of projects where they will use new software skills to design and create multimedia products. The projects involve designing and creating ICT based multimedia products such as animation, video production, portfolio work as well as a generic overview of information technology.  

The course consists of a combination of coursework (75%) and one exam (25%). The exam is computer based which will be run during the normal exam season. Students must be able to adhere to strict deadlines. This course will be graded as pass, merit or distinction.

Year 11 - Computer Science 

Students will gain knowledge in a variety of areas in relation to Computer Science. Students will study topics such as: systems architecture, storage, networks, algorithms, data types, variables and error handling. Students will undertake an independent programming project where they will be given a set task that they will have to code themselves demonstrating their ability to analyse, design, program, error-check and test the solution.

Students undertaking this course have motivation to work independently. The course is made up of two exams (100%) both sat at the end of Year 11.  

Year 11 Product Design

The GCSE Product Design course is preparing students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Product Design including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and applying technical and practical expertise. The students are currently working on their practical portfolio work before heading down to the workshop to create the piece they have designed.

The GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.