Headstart’s curriculum offers students from primary to Post 16 to develop the skills and understanding to engage into the world of technology. Students learn to understand which form of software & hardware best suits their needs to be creative. They establish the core skills required to use all forms of ICT equipment in order to then be able to produce a variety of work that they are assessed against.
Key Stage 3 students can use professional creative software applications during their projects and get the opportunity to learn some basic 3D modelling and coding skills. They then have the option of joining the BTEC Creative Media Production course during KS4. Key stage 3 students also work on cross-curricular projects in Computing, working with the Art and English departments. Headstart now has a green screen facility in its Media and Computing department, offering many creative possibilities for students to film against a green backdrop and then edit the footage, creating a wide range of visual effects.
This option allows students to work through media technology skills on a computer, following a BTEC Creative Media production course. Throughout this course, students work through a number of creative units, covering topics such as, animation production, digital photography, video editing and digital image manipulation. The course also looks in more detail at the different types of job and employment prospects ICT has to offer. Students can work from the level one BTEC certificate to the higher level offering them the opportunity to attain a qualification equivalent of a high grade GCSE. Many of our students have continued on to college to study Media Technology at A level.
Computing at Headstart allows students to incorporate skills learnt using information technology into everyday activities. The knowledge is applied to all other subjects; this promotes creativity and engagement. The Computing department aims to stimulate students by using innovative teaching approaches and new technology, providing all students with useful ICT skills, and the ability to work and learn independently.