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ICT

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 C. Wray

Subject Teachers
Mr. D. Barnard
Mr. N. Meharg
Mr. C. Wray
Mrs. T. Watson
Mr. G. Spratt

ICT Technicians
Mr. D McVeigh
Mr. J. Parkes

Key Stage 3 (Years 8, 9, 10)

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
Google G Suite
Graphical Manipulation
ICT Theory

Year 9
Advanced Word Processing
Computer Inputs and Outputs
Advanced Spreadsheet Design
MovieMaker
Website Design
HTML & CSS

Year 10
Photostory
Advanced Photoshop
Advanced Website Design
Database Design
jQuery
ICT Theory

Level 2 (Years 11 and 12)

At GCSE Level, we offer the choice of 3 motivating and exciting courses which demonstrate varying levels of ICT competence.  They also cater for 3 different paths: OCN IT Applications is a great all-round course to demonstrate to ability to navigate a computer, iMedia is perfect if you are interested in entering a technological creative arts, and finally, Digital Technology is offered to those students who wish to enter a career in computing.

OCN IT APPLICATIONS

  • Capture & edit video sequences
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Email Software
  • Presentation Software
  • Digital Imaging and Printing tools

iMEDIA

  • Pre-production skills (exam)
  • Creating digital graphics
  • Create a multipage Website
  • Creating a digital video sequence

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

  • Digital Technology (exam)
  • Digital Authoring Concepts (exam)
  • Digital Authoring Practice

Level 3 (Years 13 and 14)

At 6th Form, students follow the OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT.  The aim of the course is to enable students the opportunity to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector in order to progress into the workplace or onto a university degree in ICT.

It is broadly equivalent to 1 x A-Level, and the major universities will accept it to embark on a degree in the IT sector.  A variety of units will be studied including hardware, software and web technologies.  It also includes practical activities in all units (learn, do, review) and develops transferable skills for the workplace or future studies.

Assessment details:

  • Fundamentals of IT  – Exam
  • Global Information – Exam
  • Cyber Security – Exam
  • Product Development – Coursework
  • The Internet of Everything – Coursework

** Existing Students - BTEC SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN IT **

We have been teaching the Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma for nearly 11 years, but unfortunately 2020 sees our last cohort who will be able to avail of this qualification.  If you are currently studying BTEC with us, click the assessment plans below to see what units you will be studying, and when.  If you would like to see assignment briefs in advance, please see your IT Teacher or check Google Classroom.

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