Information & Communication Technology (I.C.T.)

Departmental members:

Mr E. O Hare (Director of I.C.T.)

Mrs T. Breen

Mrs F. Fegan

Mrs C. Mc Elduff

General aims of the department/curricular area

Key Stage 3 programmes of study

Year 8:

The students follow a scheme of work which provides a fundamental skills based course. Students will experience the use of Microsoft suite of packages. These include Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher. Students will also be aware of desktop skills, health and safety issues, safe use of the Internet for research.

Year 9:

The skills acquired in Year 8 will be further developed in Year 9. Students will use email with attachments and address books. They will also begin to integrate work from more than one packsge, eg mailmeging, presentations etc. Students will be introduced to video work

Year 10:

Packages used during year 10 include Photoshop, Movie_Maker, Audacity,Mediator, Creating Databases, and further integrated projects.

Key Stage 4 programmes of study :

Year 11:

There are two separate courses being followed by our Year 11 students.

Some students will select to follow ICT as a GCSE option. This course follows the N. Ireland CEA syllabus. This GCSE ICT course builds on the ICT Accreditation Scheme at Key Stage 3 and provides a foundation for students intending to study ICT at a higher level.

It offers students a practical approach to ICT by presenting modules in Databases, Spreadsheets, Web design, Games Design and Multimedia design, and task-based coursework (accounting for 60 percent of the overall grade). It also allows students to incorporate ICT related work that they are carrying out in other subjects. Students will complete Unit 1 coursework during Year 11. This unit includes database, spreadsheet and presentation coursework. The coursework will be submitted for grading in May at the end of Year 11. Students will also complete sections from Unit 3 which will be assessed through examination at the end of Year 12. There will be theory assessments during each term as well as controlled assessment for each of the three coursework modules.

The second course which is taught to some of our Year 11 students will be the OCR National First Award Level 2 course. This is a totally practical based course and students will be assessed by coursework tasks which they will complete in class. Students will study ICT Skills for Business, as well as a Video module.

Year 12:

The GCSE students will continue with their coursework, completing Unit 2 by February. Unit 2 coursework modules involve a) Multimedia presentation using Mediator and a game making unit also using Mediator. These pieces will be submitted in May at the end of Year 12. Theory classes will be taught throughout the year with extensive use of past papers, the e-Learning website and after school classes.

The OCR students will continue with their modules accumulating credits for the award of the OCR First Award Level 2 Certificate course. Students will study Multimedia during this year.


Post 16 programmes of study

Year 13


AS GCE Applied ICT

Examination Board: CCEA

Applied ICT prepares students for a world increasingly dominated by the use of ICT systems. It is an ideal subject for students who want a broad education in ICT as well as those looking to develop skills needed in a vocational or work context.

The three-unit award offers a broad based introduction to ICT and is suitable either as a complementary vocational course for students taking two to three other A Level studies or as a foundation course in the vocational area of ICT.




Three Unit AS (Single Award)

Mode of Assessment


AS Unit 1

Information & Communication




AS Unit 2

Software Applications & Tools


2 ½ hour exam


AS Unit 3

Organisations and Information Systems





Extra-curricular activities:

There are opportunities for students to develop their ICT skills in a wide variety of ways using a vast array of specific software packages which we use in the school. Theses include Digital photography, a video club, Photoshop classes, multimedia presentations, developing games technology.

There are also extra classes for students used to support coursework preparation, and also classes to reinforce the units of the examination classes.

Career opportunities:

Many careers today require the use of ICT. This course also provides for a good foundation for further study at university in many of the diverse areas of ICT.

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