Information and Communications Technology (ICT) covers the use of multimedia computers and connectivity along with the networks and services based on them. All pupils are given the opportunity to develop a competence and understanding of ICT and apply ICT on a cross-curricular basis regardless of ability.
All pupils are given:
(Permanent staff only)
Mr P Beattie (HoD)
Mrs P Smyth
Mrs D Wilkinson
Pupils are exposed to a wide range of software applications during Years 8-10. We aim to give a breadth of study that allows pupils to use ICT in other subject areas confidently.
Cambridge National in ICT
Unit 1: Understanding Computer Systems
In this unit you will learn how ICT is used in businesses.
Unit 2: Using ICT to create business solutions
In this unit, you will use a range of applications to create solutions.
Unit 4: Handling data using databases
In this unit you will create a database solution to solve a problem.
Unit 5: Creating an interactive product using multimedia components
In this unit you will create, an interactive game
GCSE Digital Technology
Unit 1: Digital Technology
In this unit you will learn how to use spreadsheet and database packages to manipulate data and provide information. You will learn about the components of a computer system and investigate suitable input and output devices. You will explore the use of cloud technology and its impact on gaming, file storage and sharing.
Unit 2: Digital Development (Multimedia)
In this unit, you will investigate multimedia applications, including websites, social media and gaming.
Unit 3: Digital System Development
In this unit you will design, build, test and evaluate a multimedia solution.
CCEA GCSE Digital Technology
We follow the CCEA GCSE ICT course which is separated into three units.
Unit 1: Tools and Applications (30%)
In this unit pupils develop their skills in data handling, modelling and presentation.
Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology (30%)
Pupils use their knowledge in web design to create a professional website for a business. They also build on the skills developed during Key Stage 3 to create a multi-level game of their choice.
Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems (40%)
Pupils will sit a single-tiered paper at the end of their two years of study. The exam will test their knowledge of ICT systems in everyday life.
Cambridge Technical in IT
Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT
A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.
Unit 2: Global Information
This unit will provide you with a greater understanding of how organisations use information sources both internally and externally and the types of information you will encounter. The skills gained by completing this unit will give you knowledge of the functionality of information and how data is stored and processed by organisations. You will also learn about how individuals use information of various types.
Unit 6: Application Design
The world is increasingly reliant on applications that help individuals, businesses and organisations achieve specific activities or purposes. In this unit you will explore potential ideas for a new application and develop the fundamental design for it. You will then develop the designs for an application and how users will interact with it. The application that you design can be for any sector and for any purpose. You will have the opportunity to present your ideas, prototype them, and gain feedback before refining your design.
Unit 12: Mobile Technology
You may come to this unit as a proficient user of a mobile phone but you may be less familiar with other mobile technologies and their operating systems. The aim of this unit is to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the wider potential of mobile technologies and its consequences to people and businesses. This unit is as much about new technologies as it is about promoting critical analysis of existing situations and proposing better solutions.
Unit 21: Organisations and Information Systems
Organisations are increasingly reliant on their websites to market goods or services and interact with clients and customers. As technology develops, so does the scope of functionality of websites and the importance of an effective design that meets the needs of the organisation. In this unit you will research, design and produce an interactive, responsive website that is specific to a client’s needs, culminating in presenting the concept of the website using the prototype to the client. You will learn about the security risks in website design and how to minimise these threats. This unit will also allow you to incorporate existing interactive elements, as well as prototyping your own website.
Note: Units subject to change depending on available technology
Year 14 – A-level
Unit 1: Information and Communication (AS)
This unit shows pupils the importance of information and communication within an organisation. It is assessed internally.
Unit 2: Software Applications and Tools (AS)
This unit lets pupils develop skills and understanding in the most commonly used software applications and communications technology. This unit is assessed through a computer based examination.
Unit 3: Organisations and Information Systems (AS)
This unit will helps pupils develop their understanding of organisations and the information systems necessary for their support. It is assessed internally.
Unit 7: Investigating Systems (A2)
In this unit candidates will learn why it is important to fully understand the systems development process, the role of Systems Analysis and Design and the importance of the User, in the creation of the best working solutions to business problems. This unit is assessed through a written examination.
Unit 8: Database Development (A2)
Pupils examine database technology and develop database skills. It is assessed internally.
Unit 9: Website Design and Management (A2)
In this unit pupils learn how to develop and design websites using appropriate tools. It is assessed internally.