ICT

In today’s technological world, ICT is an important and worthwhile qualification. No matter what you decide to do when you leave school, the chances are you will end up working with ICT. Our qualifications’ at DHS aim to develop and recognise learners’ IT skills and knowledge to enable them to use IT effectively in their daily lives.

 

ICT at KS3

At KS3 pupils in A, H, L, R, S are each split into two groups (half-classes) and rotate on a half-year cycle with Drama. Class T has ICT for one period per week for the whole year.

 

Year 8

During Year 8 pupils will complete the following modules:

Unit 1: Word Processing

Unit 2: Multimedia Presentation

 

Year 9

During Year 9 pupils will complete the following modules:

Unit 1: Spreadsheets

Unit 2: Web Page Design

 

Year 10

During Year 9 pupils will complete the following modules:

Unit 1: Databases

Unit 2: Game Design

 

ICT at GCSE

Pupils at GCSE can choose to do CCEA ICT short or full course.

  • Full course candidates sit one written paper and submit two units of practical work (Units 1 & 2).
  • Short course candidates sit one written paper and submit Unit 1 (practical work).

 

Unit content

 

Unit 1

Unit 1 is a controlled assessment unit which is worth 30% of the overall GCSE. The unit consists of 3 tasks which are set by CCEA and pupils must complete all 3 tasks. Details of the tasks can be found below:

 

Task 1: Information Storage and Retrieval

  • Database skills, with graphic design and mail merge

 

Task 2: Numeric Manipulation and Modelling

  • Spreadsheet skills, with use of graphic, mail merge and evaluation document

 

Task 3: Presentation

  • Presentation skills, with storyboarding, importing from database and spreadsheet, use of graphic, and evaluation PDF document

 

Unit 2

Unit 2 is a controlled assessment unit which is worth 30% of the overall GCSE. The unit consists of 2 tasks which are set by CCEA and pupils must complete both tasks.

Task 1: Developing a Multimedia Website

Task 2: Games Technology

 

Unit 3

Unit 3 is a written examination and will be assessed by a two hour paper. This unit is worth 40% of the overall qualification.

The unit will cover the following themes:

  • Knowledge of ICT Components;
  • Data and Information;
  • Digital Communication Methods; and
  • Applications of ICT.

 

Learning Outcomes

The GCSE ICT course aims to encourage students to:

  • become independent and discerning users of ICT, able to make informed decisions about its use and aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society;
  • acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts;
  • develop ICT-based solutions to solve problems;
  • develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and the social and commercial impact of these technologies;
  • develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT;
  • recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice;
  • develop the skills to work collaboratively; and
  • evaluate ICT-based solutions.

 

ICT at A-Level

Pupils at post-16 level can choose between the following courses:

  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma for IT users
  • CCEA Systems Software Development

 

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma for IT Users

The purpose of this qualification is to develop and recognise learners’ IT skills and knowledge and enable them to use IT effectively in their daily lives.

This qualification is designed to prepare learners for employment in the IT sector and they are suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work within the IT industry.
This qualification has been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

  • engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
  • gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the IT sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Higher Nationals in Computing and Systems Development qualifications
  • develop functional skills and personal learning and thinking skills essential for successful performance in working life

 

 Course Content This qualification consists of one Mandatory unit (Improving Productivity Using IT, Unit 301) plus 6-7 optional units.
 Entry Requirements There is no specific requirement for prior learning however, it would be useful to have an ITQ Level 1 or 2 certificate or related qualification.
 Assessment The assessment for this qualification includes practical tasks and knowledge based units.
 Career Opportunities The intended destinations for learners successfully achieving these qualifications include:
  • Higher education
  • Employment in the IT sector
  • Apprenticeships including the IT Users Apprenticeship at Level2 and Level 3.

 

 

CCEA Systems Software Development

This new applied GCE in Software Systems Development is a qualification in which students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through practical demonstration and/or in a context related to employability.

It includes the essential skills of programming and user testing which are required to work in the fast growing IT sector within Northern Ireland.

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 C# allows students to program and develop applications on a range of platforms such as desktops and mobiles.

It has been designed to help students:

  • develop subject knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare them for work in today’s software industry;
  • demonstrate their understanding and application of key concepts through challenging internal and external assessments;
  • apply their skills to relevant work-related scenarios; and
  • research, develop and present their findings in a variety of formats.
Course Content AS 1: Introduction to Object Oriented DevelopmentAS 2: Event Driven ProgrammingA2 1: Systems Approaches and Database ConceptsA2 2: Implementing Solutions
Entry Requirements Students will require a minimum of a grade B in either GCSE Mathematics or GCSE Music.It would also be useful to have an ICT related qualification at KS4, for example the GCSE ICT Full or Short course, or GCSE Applied ICT.
Assessment Written examinations and internal assessment.
Career Opportunities This GCE course provides you with a solid foundation to progress to higher education or a foothold in the software development industry,  including software engineering, games design, mobile programming.

 

How can I find out more?

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/

http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/software/gce/