ICT

Subject Overview

ICT skills are considered a valuable part of the curriculum at St. Mary’s High School. Pupils study discrete ICT at Key Stage 3.   Our aim is to equip pupils with the digital literacy and skills necessary to implement ICT in all curriculum areas and into the world of work.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 pupils learn a range of essential skills including safeguarding and e-safety, game development, "computational thinking" and web design are part of our Key Stage 3 courses. Pupils also develop their Digital Literacy skills through the use of multimedia and Microsoft Office Applications. The transferable skills developed are implemented in other curricular areas and are further developed for those who wish to study this subject in-depth at GCSE and A level.

Key Stage 4

Department Staff

Mrs G Williams (Head of Department)

Ms E Hadden

OCN NI Information Technology Applications

This course is aimed at pupils who excel in coursework.  It is 100% Portfolio based with no external examination.  Pupils will develop skills in the use of Microsoft Office software

The qualifications will provide you with excellent knowledge and develop your skills in a broad range of software.

 “Nine out of ten new jobs require people with IT user skills”. OCN NI IT

Visit www.ocnni.org.uk for further information.

Assessment structure

Units of evidence

  • Communication

  • Database Design

  • Multimedia

  • Spreadsheet Modelling

  • User Fundamentals

Assessments methods are varied and include: -​

  • Research

  • Implementation of IT Systems

  • Producing Documents

  • Reports

  • Observations

Employability/job opportunities/further study

 

Further study at Post 16​:

  • OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

  • CCEA GCE Digital Technology

 

Post 16

 

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

 

This course is aimed at pupils who excel in coursework.  It is 100% Portfolio based with no external examination. 

 

This course aims to develop skills in the use of office software as well as graphic design, web design, games programming and multimedia software.

Course units - 6 units must be completed to gain an Introductory Diploma which is the equivalent to one A Level.

 

Both qualifications will provide you with excellent knowledge and develop your skills in a broad range of software.

 

Visit www.ocr.org.uk for further information

Assessment structure

Units of Evidence

Unit 1    Communication and Employability Skills for IT

Unit 2    Information Systems

Unit 10  Developing Computer Games

Unit 6    E-commerce

Unit 23  Database Design

Unit 19  Spreadsheet Modelling

Assessments methods are varied and include: -

 

  • Research

  • Implementation of IT Systems

  • Producing Documents

  • Reports

  • Observations

 

Visit www.ocr.org.uk for further information

Employability/job opportunities/further study

 

  • Software Developer

  • Database Administrator

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Computer Network Architect

  • Web Developer

  • Information Security Analyst

Post 16 Extra Curricular Activities /Trips/Industry links

 

  • Bring IT On NI – workshops, school visits, presentations

  • Coding Club

  • Sentinus - workshops and presentations

  • University visits

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