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Members of Department:images

Mrs M. Donnelly (Lead Learner) 

  • Mr A Lennon

  • Mrs M. Owens

  • Mr F. McMullan

  • Miss M. O'Donnell

  • Mr S. McKenna (Senior Technician)

  • Mr B. Flanagan (Technician)

 


KS3

All students in Year 8, 9 and 10 have a one hour timetabled ICT class delivered by ICT staff for half of the year. The topics covered are cross curricular and contribute to the teaching of UICT in other subjects.

 

Year 8

  • Folders, Rules & Email
  • Presenting Yourself
  • Moviemaker
  • Spreadsheets and Databases

 

   

Year 9

  • Folders, Rules & Email
  • Comic Life
  • Audacity
  • Spreadsheet & Databases
   

Year 10

  • Folders, Rules & Email
  • Scratch
  • Python Programming
  • Spreadsheets & Databases

 

In ICT classes emphasis is placed on Internet Safety.  The PSNI deliver talks to all students at KS3 on how to be safe online.  The department delivers tasks to coincide with Safer Internet day each year.

Enrichment activities at KS3 are also provided in the form of the Hour of Code,Sentinus workshops and UK Bebras Computational Challenge.. 

All pupils at KS3 get the opportunity to express their views on ICT by completing a Pupil Voice survey.

  


 

KS4

Pupils can work towards completing:

  •          CCEA GCSE ICT

  •          CCEA ICT Key Skill at Level 1 or Level 2

 


CCEA GCSE ICT

This unit will cover the following:

  •          Communications Software
  •          Presentation Package
  •          Information Handling Package
  •          Spreadsheet Package

Unit 1 is a controlled assessment unit. This means that students will do a practical controlled assessment, set by CCEA, during class time.

This unit is worth 30% of the overall qualification.

This unit will cover the following themes:

  •          Using Graphics
  •          Using Digital Video and Sound
  •          Games Technology
  •          Using Multimedia Assets

Unit 2 is a controlled assessment unit. This means that students will do a practical controlled assessment, set by CCEA, during class time.

This unit is worth 30% of the overall qualification.

This unit will cover the following themes:

  •          Knowledge of ICT Components
  •          Data and Information
  •          Digital Communications Methods
  •          Applications of ICT

Unit 3 is a written examination unit and will be assessed by a two hour paper.

This unit is worth 40% of the overall GCSE qualification.

To achieve ICT Key Skill at Level 1, students must be able to apply their ICT skills to suit different purposes. They must show they can:

  •          Find, enter, explore and develop relevant information
  •          Present information, including text, images and numbers using appropriate layouts and save information.

 


To achieve ICT Key Skill at Level 2, students must be able to apply their ICT skills to suit different purposes. They must show they can:

  •          Make selections based on judgements of relevance and quality
  •          Enter and bring together information using formats that help development
  •          Develop the presentation so it is accurate, clear and presented consistently

 


The ICT Key Skill at both Level 1 and Level 2 is assessed through an external exam and two pieces of coursework.

Further information on the CCEA ICT Key Skill specification can be found at http://www.ccea.org.uk/key_skills/

 

 


 

 

 

GCSE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                                (Previously called GCSE ICT)

 

 

Introduction

 

In today’s technological world, Digital Technology is an important and worthwhile subject for the world of work.  Students will study the CCEA specification. 

 

 

Content and Assessment

  • Unit 1: Digital Technology is compulsory for all students.
  • Students also follow EITHER Route A: Multimedia (Units 2 and 3) OR Route B: Programming (Units 4 and 5).

       

        The qualification they achieve is either:

  •    GCSE Digital Technology(Multimedia); or
  •    GCSE Digital Technology(Programming).

 

Route A:  Multimedia

 

 

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Compulsory

Core

Unit 1:  Digital Technology

In this unit, students explore a range of digital technologies available for data storage, manipulation, presentation and transfer. They also evaluate the importance of data security and data legislation.

External written

Examination

1 hour

30%

Multimedia

units

Unit 2: Digital Authoring

Concepts

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the concepts in the development of digital systems. They enhance the knowledge and skills developed in Unit 1.

External written

Examination

1 hour 30 minutes

40%

Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice

In this unit, students design, develop and test digital multimedia systems.

Controlled Assessment

30%

 

 

Route B: Programming

 

 

Content

Assessment

Weighting

Compulsory

Core

Unit 1:  Digital Technology

In this unit, students explore a range of digital technologies available for data storage, manipulation, presentation and transfer.  They also evaluate the importance of data security and data legislation.

External written

Examination

1 hour

30%

Multimedia

units

Unit 4:  Digital Development Concepts

In this unit, students analyse trends in software development and the concepts involved in designing and building digital systems using coded solutions.

External written

Examination

1 hour 30 minutes

40%

Unit 5:  Digital Development Practice

In this unit, students design, develop and test coded solutions when creating digital systems. Students must use one of the following languages in their completed solution: Python, Java or C#.

Controlled Assessment

30%

 

 

Students must take at least 40 percent of the assessment (based on unit weightings)

at the end of the course as terminal assessment.

 

 

Skills Developed:

 

ICT, creative and technical skills; problem-solving skills; working with others and how to be an independent learner who can make informed decisions and evaluate solutions.

 

 

Career Opportunities:

 

 

“The ICT industry is expected to grow at over three times the rate of overall employment growth in Northern Ireland until 2021”. http://bringitonni.info

 

 

 

Digital Technology is useful in any career you might want to follow nowadays.  Past St. Ciaran’s students who have studied ICT/Digital Technology have progressed to careers in Website Design, Interactive Multimedia Design, Teaching, Computer Games, Computer Studies and Programming, Graphical Design, administration and office work to name but a few.

 

 

More information about the course can be obtained from:

 

http://ccea.org.uk/digital_technology/

 

Then click on GCSE (from 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

Further information on the CCEA GCSE ICT specification can be found at http://www.ccea.org.uk/ict/

 


 

 

KS5

 CCEA GCE Single Award ICT is offered at Post-16. This is an Applied course and is the equivalent to one A-Level.
 
Assessment
 
Some units are assessed through a portfolio of work which is a very large piece of coursework. Other units are assessed through an
examination.
 
Units studied in Year 13 are:
  • Unit 1 – Information and Communication (assessed through a portfolio [coursework])
  • Unit 2 – Software Applications and Tools (assessed through a Computer Based Examination [2 ½ hour paper])
  • Unit 3 - Organisations and Information Systems (assessed through a portfolio [coursework])
Units studied in Year 14 are:
  • Unit 7 - Investigating Systems (assessed through a Written Examination [2 hour paper]).
  • Unit9 - Website Design and Management (assessed through a portfolio [coursework]).
  • Unit 10 - Multimedia Technology (assessed through a portfolio [coursework])

Further information on the CCEA Applied ICT specification can be found at http://www.ccea.org.uk/applied_ict/

 

 

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                        CCEA

GCE Software Systems Development

 

 

                         

The GCE Software Systems Development course is equivalent to 1 A Level (over 2 years).

 

Aim: This course is designed to equip students for higher level study within the software development industry. This course is an applied qualification and helps students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in software development.

 

 Entry Requirements:

 A minimum Grade B in GCSE Mathematics is desirable.

 

Modules Studied and Mode of Assessment:

Students are required to undertake 2 modules over each year.                                                                   

 

In Year 1

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Development

           This unit is externally assessed through a two hour examination paper                                                    

  • Event Driven Programming                          

           This unit is internally assessed.   

 

In Year 2

  •  Systems Approaches and Database Concepts

             This unit is externally assessed through a two hour examination paper with a pre-release case study .

  •  Implementing Solutions

            This unit is internally assessed with a pre-release case study  

 

  

 

                                                Career Opportunities:

http://mshere.com/images/myimages/software-development-banner.jpgYou could progress to a Foundation Degree in Computing in South West College or a Degree in Computing or Software Development in University or College of Higher Education. You may consider full time employment within the private sector or public sector employed in areas such as software engineering, software developing or web developing.

 

 “Software controls every computer system function in the world. The ability to write computer programs in languages that are used widely in the industry is one of the most valuable skills to have in the world today. Knowing languages such as Java and C# allows you to program and develop applications for mobiles.

 

                                                          

                                                          Wouldn't it be great to have the skills to become part of this growing industry?

 

More information can be obtained from http://ccea.org.uk/software_systems_development/

 

 

 

 

 

                      OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT

 

 This course aims to encourage students to develop the broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the IT sector.  Living in today’s world requires everyone to have some IT competence.  Therefore, IT is a highly valuable subject regardless of the employment or University path you wish to follow.

 

                                                                       Exam Board - OCR

 

Course Structure

Learners must achieve a total of 6 units consisting of 2 mandatory units and 4 optional units – all the units are coursework based


 

Mandatory Units (Units 1 and 2 must be studied)

Unit Name

Assessment

Unit 1 Communication and Employability Skills for IT

·         Coursework - Internally assessed

Unit 2 Information Systems

·         Coursework - Internally assessed

 

 

 

 

Optional Units (4 optional units must also be studied – all Coursework - Internally assessed

 

 All units are graded Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D), Distinction* (D*). 

 

The qualification is graded Pass (P), Merit (M), Distinction (D), Distinction* (D*).

 

Achievement of this qualification can support progression to go on and study relevant IT degrees such as Computing and IT, Computing Science, Software Developments, Software Engineering, ICT and Computer Networks or Business Information Systems.

 

Careers using Information Technology:

 

Web Designer                                                  Graphic Designer

 

Software Engineer                                          Telecommunications Engineer

 

Technical Manager                                         Information Technology Manager

 

ICT Teacher/Lecturer                                     Computer Operator

 

Data Centre Manager                                     Network Manager

 

User Support Manager                                   Technical Support Manager

 

Project Manager                                             Systems Analyst

 

Business Analyst                                             Systems Developer/Programmer

 

Help Desk Operator/Supervisor                      Information Technology Trainer       

 

PC Support Officer                                         User Support Analyst             

Technical Support Officer                               Database Administrator

 

 More information can be obtained at

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-technicals-it-level-3-certificate-introductory-diploma-diploma-subsidiary-diploma-extended-diploma-05347-05349-05352-05355-05358/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                            

 

                              

  

          

       

                   

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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