Digital Technology

Computer Science equips students with foundational computing skills, fostering analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Welcome to Digital Technology

Digital Technology provides a broad, practical focus on the tech world, encompassing areas like software development, data management, and digital applications. The course aims for immediate applicability in various tech-driven sectors, preparing students for an increasingly digital future.

KS3 & KS4

Starting at KS3, our curriculum lays a strong foundation in digital technology by introducing students to website design and video game programming. This early exposure sets the stage for more advanced study.

Our specialised WJEC Digital Technology course at IGCSE takes learners on an in-depth journey through the digital world, covering:

– Data: Understanding its types, significance, and management.
– Digital Systems: Exploring hardware and software components.
– Digital Communications: Investigating protocols and methods.
– Impact: Assessing how digital systems transform organisations and lives.
– Cybersecurity: Learning to protect data and maintain system integrity.
– Emerging Technologies: Staying abreast of the ever-changing digital landscape.

The aim is not merely to impart technical skills, but also to develop critical thinking capabilities, equipping students to contribute effectively to a tech-driven future.

A key component of the unit is the coursework, consisting of two substantial projects. The initial project amalgamates video game and web design, requiring students to merge these two digital realms. The final project focuses on designing and implementing an online social media campaign for a business, allowing students to apply their learned skills in a practical scenario.

Overall, this unit nurtures not just technical acumen but also creativity, problem-solving, and strategic thinking, thereby preparing students for a multifaceted digital future.

Department

In the Computing Department, Digital Technology serves as an integral component that enriches and diversifies the educational offerings. It acts as a pragmatic counterbalance to the more theoretical courses, like Computer Science, ensuring a well-rounded skill set for students. Focusing on hands-on, practical skills such as software development, data management, and digital communication, Digital Technology provides immediate applicability in various tech-related fields. This makes the department not just a hub of academic inquiry but also a training ground for real-world skills. As a result, students are equipped not just with theoretical knowledge but also with competencies that are directly transferable to the workplace. In summary, Digital Technology enhances the Computing Department by offering a more comprehensive and applied approach to understanding our digital world.

Sixth Form Digital Technology

Our Sixth Form Digital Technology course, aligned with WJEC AS & A Level specifications, offers a holistic education in the digital sphere, seamlessly blending theory and practice.

AS Level:
Unit 1: Digital Technology Landscape
– Explore connected digital ecosystems and smart devices.
– Delve into the impact and evolution of AI.
– Learn the digital technology development life cycle.
– Emphasize user-centric design and effective human-computer interaction.
– Analyse the dual role of social media for individuals and organisations.
– Examine legal and ethical considerations.

Unit 2: Game Creation and Design
– From concept to presentation, immerse yourself in game design.
– Make informed decisions to create both engaging and functional games.

A Level:
Unit 3: Digital Security and Networks
– Explore data management and cybersecurity best practices.
– Understand network architectures and their real-world applications.
– Investigate ethical and legal considerations.

Unit 4: Web-based Solutions
– Focus on the development of e-commerce websites.
– Master backend technologies like RDBMS and SQL.
– Culminate by testing and presenting websites that meet industry standards.

Career Prospects:
– Software Developers: Coding and testing multi-platform applications.
– Game Designers: Crafting immersive video games.
– UX/UI Designers: Designing user-friendly digital interfaces.
– AI Engineers: Building intelligent machine systems.
– Data Analysts: Extracting actionable insights from complex data.