Introduction to IT (pre-GCSE)
Who is the course for?
As a general guide, this course is aimed at UK year groups 7,8 and 9 (pre-GCSE) mainly to ensure that the experience of the course is similar across all students. The course is able to accommodate students outside this range with prior arrangement.
What will I learn?
One of the common criticisms levelled at pre-GCSE IT tuition in the UK at present is in regards to content. While GCSE courses and above introduce true IT learning, pre-GCSE courses currently concentrate on end-user experiences, such as using office automation applications, email and web-browsers.
This course, while covering some of this material in order to ensure that there is a level degree of knowledge in the classroom, is intended to fill that gap and act as a preparation for GCSE courses in both IT and non-IT related courses which may benefit from additional knowledge of computing. This course is intended as a jump-start, giving the student an advantage in their GCSE work with a head start of knowledge and practical experience.
Areas covered by the course:
- An overview of computer equipment
- General use of computer software - what are the similarities that can be used to learn new software?
- Databases - What is a database and how do we use them?
- Networking - How are networks used to connect computers within a building, and externally using WiFi.
- Programming - What is programming? An introduction to basic computer logic and school level languages like Python and / or Java
- Web Design - What is HTML and how is it used to create web-pages?
- The Internet - OK, so we use it every day, but what actually is the internet?
How long is this course?
This course is structured as 6 sessions, each lasting 90 minutes in length.
All computer equipment is provided in class as part of the course, and all software used is freely available from the Internet for use at home.
Is there additional learning?
Because of the nature of the course, there are additional uses of key skills such as English, Maths and general communications such as presentations and working as a team. This course also teaches internet safety.
Where might this course lead?
This course is intended as a booster - providing a head start to later IT learning, as well as use by the student in their own private use of IT.
This course is also ideal as an introduction to the other more specialised IT courses offered by Edukus, especially for those students who have little prior experience of computers or lack confidence.