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:

  • A wide range of experiences in ICT
  • Opportunities to try out different aspects of ICT
  • Opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge



Levels taught:



Post 16

(Permanent staff only)

Mr P Beattie (HoD)
Mrs P Smyth
Mrs D Wilkinson

(Subject/Topic Content)

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.

Activities include:

  • Word processing (MS Word)
  • Data handling (MS Access)
  • Presentation (MS PowerPoint)
  • Desk Top Publishing (MS Publisher)
  • Web Design (MS FrontPage)
  • Podcasting (Audacity)
  • Video making (Movie Maker/Photo Story)
  • Animation (Adobe ImageReady)
  • Game Making (Game Maker)


Cambridge National in ICT

Course Content:

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.

Examination Details:

  • Unit 1 is assessed externally through a 1-hour long examination.

Controlled Assessment:

  • Units 2, 3 and 4 make up 75% of the course and is assessed internally through coursework

GCSE Digital Technology

Course Content:

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 Authoring Concepts

In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the concepts involved in the development of digital systems.

Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice

In this unit you will design, build, test and evaluate a multimedia solution.

Examination Details:

  • Unit 1 – a 1-hour paper at the end of Year 11 – 30% of final grade
  • Unit 2 – a 1½-hour paper at the end of Year 12 – 40% of final grade

Controlled Assessment:

  • Unit 3 – 1 task – 30% of final grade

Post 16:

Cambridge Technical in IT

Course Content:

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 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing

The use of social media has increased massively over recent years and is now a worldwide phenomenon. Digital marketing is part of the overall process of marketing and is the use of digital media to increase awareness of a product or service. As social media offers such a wealth of data and the ability to contact potential customers in their own homes across a range of media channels, it is only natural that digital marketing seeks to use social media as part of the marketing mix for goods and services. This unit looks at digital marketing as a concept and then offers you the opportunity to explore the possible impacts, both positive and negative, that may be generated by the use of social media as a digital marketing tool.

Unit 17: Internet of Things

This unit is about the use of the internet and how it is impacting people and society. You will learn about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it is used. Using your knowledge, you will carry out a feasibility study for a potential idea. You will pitch your idea to potential stakeholders and use their feedback to revise your proposal.

Examination Details:

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of IT– Externally assessed (1½ hours examination)
  • Unit 2: Global Information – Externally assessed (1½ hours examination based on pre-release material)

Coursework Details:

The following units will be internally assessed through a portfolio of work:

  • Unit 6: Application Design
  • Unit 13: Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Unit 17: Internet of Things