ICT DEPARTMENT

ICT continues to revolutionise our world, and computers are an essential part of our everyday lives and society. Computers touch every aspect of our lives from the cars we drive to the games that we play and the way in which we handle information and communicate.  The purpose of studying ICT at Ulidia Integrated College is to enable pupils to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to make effective use of ICT, now and in the future.

It is vital that all our pupils gain confidence and capability using computers which can also enhance and extend their learning across the whole curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to use their own initiative, imagination, and reasoning and investigative skills.  They are the given opportunities to describe, illustrate, interpret, predict and explain when using technological language and conventions.  They learn to work independently and collaboratively, sharing ideas and developing their own.

Pupils appreciate the relevance of ICT in our society, and they see it as an essential tool for learning, for communication, for finding information, and for controlling and understanding their environment.  Every pupil learns how to safely use the Internet to search and access information and is continually encouraged to make sensible choices and remain safe at all times when online.

ICT STAFF

Head of Department
Mr. D. Barnard

Subject Teachers
Mr. N. Meharg
Mr. C. Wray
Mrs. S. Knight-Geddes
Mr. G. Spratt

ICT Technicians
Mr. D McVeigh
Mr. J. Parkes

Key Stage 3
Digital Skills Curriculum

Providing a comprehensive scheme of work which addresses cloud computing and the Google Apps Suite.  This will give you the building blocks for embarking on your CCEA GCSE.

WJEC
GCSE
in ICT

This is a four-unit GCSE which will challenge and support you to become effective digital leaders.  This course is 60% controlled assessment and 40% external assessment.

BTEC
Subsidiary Diploma

This course has 6 units (equating to 60 credits).  It has 2 mandatory units and 4 tailored units with a local context.  It’s an engaging programme which prepares you for the workplace.

A-Level
Digital Technology

The Digital Technology A-Level is 80% exam and 20% coursework, presented as a portfolio.  This course will suit students wishing to enter a career in Digital Systems Development.

KEY STAGE 3

The aim of the IT course is to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 3 all students can use IT securely, creatively and independently.  We aim to ensure students are confident enough to keep their skills up-to-date and are able to generalise from their IT experiences.

We cover a curriculum based on the key principles of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  These are being adapted for a greater integrated within the other national curriculum subjects.  Pupils receive one discrete lesson per week of ICT in years 8, 9 and 10 – primarily focusing on the Google Apps Suite.  All work is shared and submitted via Google Classroom.

Year 8
E-Safety and the Internet
Email
PowerPoint
Typing Skills
Word Processing
Desktop Publishing
Spreadsheets
Graphical Manipulation

Year 9
Advanced Word Processing
Computer Inputs and Outputs
Advanced Spreadsheet Design
MovieMaker
Audacity
Website Design
Podcasting

Year 10
Photostory
Advanced Photoshop
Advanced Website Design
Database Design

WJEC - GCSE in ICT

The WJEC GCSE in ICT has been designed to:

  • inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems and not just consumers
  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. computer games development and web design
  • allow for a flexible choice of units to meet the needs of learners with different interests and inclinations by using different pathways

 

There are 2 written coursework tasks with very methodical guidelines and 2 exam units which will take place in year 1 and year 2 of the course:

Unit 2: Solving Problems with ICT – 30%
Controlled Assessment: 22 1⁄2 hours

This controlled assessment consists of a portfolio of work which shows pupils’ attainment in obtaining and interpreting different types of information; using, developing and communicating information to meet the purpose of their studies and presenting the results of their work. This assignment will assess the practical aspects of the functional elements of ICT.

Unit 4: Developing Multimedia ICT Solutions – 30%
Controlled Assessment: 22 1⁄2 hours

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using multimedia software following a single task brief issued by WJEC.

Unit 1: Understanding ICT – 20%
External Assessment: 1½ hours

This examination paper will assess the requirements of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Information and Communication Technology and the functional elements of ICT in a home and school context.

Unit 3: ICT in Organisations ICT – 20%
External Assessment: 1½ hours

This examination paper will assess the ‘application’ content of ICT in a business and industry context.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in IT is a 60-credit and 360-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of six units.  It is largely equivalent to 1 x A’ Level.  The units are as follows:

 

Unit 1: Communication and Employability Skills for IT (60 Lessons)

Communication skills are key to success in any sector but are particularly important in highly technical sectors, such as IT, where the language used can become full of jargon. It is important that learners are able to communicate with non-technical staff and understand when different types and vehicles of communication are appropriate.

The aim of this unit is to ensure that learners understand both the personal attributes valued by employers and the principles of communicating effectively whist developing effective communication skills and addressing their own personal development needs.

 

Unit 2: Computer Systems (60 Lessons)

At some stage, most IT professionals will have to set up and customise a computer system or systems. To do so effectively, they will need to understand the components that make up computer systems. The operating system interacts with the hardware and software components in order to make a functioning machine.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the components of computer systems and develop the skills needed to recommend appropriate systems for business purposes and set up and maintain computer systems.

 

Unit 20: Client Side Customisation of Web Pages (60 Lessons)

There is an increasing expectation that website design will adhere to web standards and that websites will consist of sophisticated, interactive web pages. This requires website designers and creators to be familiar with standard tools, techniques and languages in order to create such websites. In particular, web standards are beginning to expect mark-up to be done in XHTML, layout to be controlled by cascading style sheets (CSS) and client side interactivity by a scripting language such as JavaScript or VBScript.

The aim of this unit is to ensure learners understand the fundamentals of cascading style sheets and scripting languages and are able to develop the skills required to implement web pages using these tools.

Unit 28: Website Production (60 Lessons)

The number of websites on the worldwide web has increased dramatically and competition is very high. This means that designers must use increasingly sophisticated techniques to capture interest, as well as ensuring that an appropriate company image is presented. Usability issues, such as navigation methods, must be considered carefully. A poorly-designed structure could result in users becoming confused or frustrated and navigating away from the website.

The aim of this unit is to enable a learner to understand web architecture and the factors that affect its performance and to be able to design and create interactive websites.  Students use WordPress and Dreamweaver to design their own live website.

 

Unit 30: Digital Graphics (60 Lessons)

Technology enables the production and reproduction of images to all scales, sizes and colours. High-capacity storage devices, digital cameras, specialist software and printers mean that high quality and appropriate images can be designed and produced more easily than before. There is now little excuse for not creating documents that use graphic images effectively.

This unit aims to enable learners to understand different types of digital graphics images and file formats and to be able to create, edit, modify and manipulate digital images of various types and complexity using Adobe Photoshop.

 

Unit 43: Multimedia (60 Lessons)

The interactive multimedia industry is one of the fastest moving sectors in the world. Those hoping to make a career in this sector will need to be able to produce high quality products which requires creativity, a firm grasp of interactive media design principles and good planning skills. The qualities and skills developed in this unit are applicable to all of the various strands within the interactive media sector.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand how multimedia is used in business and to be able to create multimedia products to meet business needs.

Current Assessment Plans 2016-2019

13B
Subsidiary Diploma
2017-2019
13C
Subsidiary Diploma
2017-2019
14A
Diploma
2016-2018
14B
Subsidiary Diploma
2016-2018
14C
Subsidiary Diploma
2016-2018

CCEA A-Level in Digital Technology

The GCE in Digital Technology is for students interested in current and emerging technologies, the impact they have and how to use them effectively. This qualification is likely to appeal to all, but it might particularly interest those who enjoyed studying digital technology, mathematics, sciences or technology and design at GCSE level or equivalent.

New technologies, networks and services are transforming the way we communicate with each other, how we work and the way we learn. GCE Digital Technology gives students opportunities to develop advanced skills in a range of development environments and apply these to relevant work-related scenarios.

Students will also acquire other skills valued in further and higher education, as well as in the workplace; these include research, investigation, analysis, communication skills, problem solving and working with others.

AS 1 – Approaches to Systems Development

External written examination – 1 hour 30 mins (20%)

AS2 – Fundamentals of Digital Technology

External written examination – 1 hour 30 mins (20%)

A2 1 – Information Systems

External written examination – 2 hours 30 mins (40%)

A2 2 – Application Development (Case Study)

Internal assessment (20%)

ICT Careers Advice

What Higher Education opportunities does ICT offer?

A level ICT is an ideal foundation for learners who want to pursue ICT or Computer Science at degree level or as a career. Many universities offer these or flexible joint honours degrees specialising in computing and IT and combine it with a second subject: business, geography, accountancy, design, education, mathematics, psychology or statistics.

 

What careers are open to graduates in this subject?

  • Project Management
  • Programmer or Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Management or Technician
  • Technology Law Specialist
  • Gaming Industry
  • Teleworking or Call Centre Management
  • Data Processing Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Web Developer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Digital Animator

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