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ICT

Introduction

Head of Department: Miss F Sullivan BEng (Hons ) MEd, PGCE 

Staff members:   Dr L Doherty BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, PGCE, PQHNI
                                      Mr J M Burrows BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE
                                      Miss N McGaharan BSc (Hons), PGCE

Technical Staff:   Mr H Burns BSc (Hons)

ICT is delivered throughout the college in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

Subject Information

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, ICT is delivered in Years 8, 9 and 10. The work is focused on thematic units, such as Healthy Living, Global Awareness and a STEM based project. Pupils develop skills in areas such as web design, spreadsheets, multimedia, database, word processing, email and collaborative tools. This supports the cross-curricular assessment of ICT in other learning areas.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the following courses are offered:

  • GCSE Digital Technology (CCEA)
  • Certificate in Digital Arts (EDEXCEL)

For each of these courses there is a strong emphasis on skill acquisition demonstrated through coursework or controlled assessment. The technologies used include spreadsheets, database, multimedia, web design, moving image and games development.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5, the following courses are offered:

  • GCE A-Level Digital Technology (CCEA)
  • BTEC Extended Certificate in IT (EDEXCEL)

These are challenging courses that are intended to prepare pupils to continue their studies in Further or Higher education.