The overarching aim of this brand new KS3 course is for learners to develop a good understanding and skills of the technological society that we live in today.  Through a range of Units of work, the course aims to develop learners’ problem-solving skills, computer technology and ICT skills to prepare them for further education and life skills.
IDEA is designed to develop Cohort 7 and 8 learners’ ICT literacy skills to help with their application of programs and apps used both in school and at home.  There is a variety of Units of work including Microsoft Office applications, using computers safely and effectively, Adobe Photoshop as well as gaining some basic programming skills.  Learners will also have the opportunity of applying their mindsets in a project and business management case study scenarios, as well as achieving badges on their IDEA profile pages on the website.

The course is designed to develop learner capacity to calmly and concisely problem solve their way to successful outcomes. The designs for learning also calls on learners to not only explain their decisions, but to reflect upon them, which will help to start paving the way for their justification and reasoning questions that occur in some GCSE subject options.