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Mr L Morrow MSc BSSc PGCE (Head of Department)

Mrs S Buchanan MSc BA PGCE

C2k and Technical support-

Mr M Blair

WHAT WE DO

The ICT department's principal role is to equip students with the necessary skills to support their learning within each subject area. Throughout their time in Junior School, pupils are given the opportunity to make use of ICT in a variety of ways. Additional opportunities for further study are also provided at GCSE and A Level.

Resources:
The ICT department is serviced by three dedicated computer rooms providing access to hardware and both general purpose and subject specific software. Peripheral devices, such as digital cameras and scanners are available for coursework and extra-curricular projects.

Key Stage 3
Topics addressed are as follows:

Year 8:
- File management
- Introduction to VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and use of School Email
- Internet Safety
- Word processing (Microsoft Word)
- Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel)

Year 9:
- Desktop Publishing (Microsoft Publisher)
- Presenting Information (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Year 10:
- Podcasts and Blogs
- Databases (Microsoft Access)
- Mail merge function (Microsoft Word & Microsoft Publisher)

GCSE ICT - CCEA

The course aims to encourage pupils to become more proficient in their use of ICT and to acquire a greater depth of knowledge with regard to the potential application of computers and associated technologies. A variety of opportunities are offered which allow pupils to enhance their abilities in a range of contexts whilst learning about current and emerging technologies and their impact on society. In undertaking practical tasks, pupils will learn to evaluate ICT-based solutions of their own, and will critically assess their ability to solve problems. In addition, they will learn to appreciate the need for safe, secure and responsible use of ICT.
The course content is designed to provide a firm foundation for students intending to study ICT at a higher level.

Tools and Applications
- Communications Software
- Presentation Package
- Information Handling Package
- Spreadsheet Package

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

Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World
- Knowledge of ICT Components
- Data and Information
- Digital Communication Methods
- Applications of ICT

AS & A2 Level ICT - CCEA

AS ICT is a popular choice among senior pupils despite the challenges presented at this level. AS and A2 modules incorporate practical components which seek to develop individual skills as well as acquiring knowledge of theoretical elements.
AS Level
AS 1 – Components of ICT 60% of AS, 30% of A Level
AS 2 – Developing ICT Solutions (Two practical ICT tasks) 40% of AS, 20% of A Level

A2 Level
A2 1 – Information Systems 60% of A2, 30% of A Level
A2 2 – Approaches to Systems Development (Project based practical task) 40% of A2, 20% of A Level

Careers options
Studying ICT will open various Career Paths:

Software Development
Network Engineering
Database Administration
Data Analytics
Web Development
Game Design
Mobile Applications Development
Information Systems Manager
Multimedia Programmer
Systems Analyst
Systems Development

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