ICT

Everywhere that you look in today’s eventful world you can see how the use of ICT has an influence in our everyday lives.

The study of ICT will help provide you with the ANALYTICAL (thinking), COMMUNICATION (writing, talking, giving presentations) and TECHNICAL skills (using a computer at a high level) that you will need when you enter the world of work.

As computers become more and more a part of our lives, the need for computer savvy people increases. There are a huge variety of jobs within this field including: programmers, database administrator, systems analyst, data entry, computer repair; and according to Computer Weekly Computing graduates;

“enjoy higher levels of employment better rates of pay and more career opportunities than the general graduate…”.

ICT at Hunterhouse College is a thriving subject. It is an extremely popular and enjoyable subject. Beginning to study this subject at school will ensure that students are ahead of the game in accessing what is the biggest economic growth area in Northern Ireland.

Extra-Curricular: At KS3 we have a junior school Coding Club every Tuesday after school. Members complete a number of tasks and challenges to enhance their coding skills in a fun and relaxed environment.

 

Subject Content

KS3 ICT

All pupils in Year 8 have one period of ICT per week. These classes are used to acquire skills in the use of the Internet, Word-Processing, PowerPoint, Movie Maker and Microbit.

All pupils in Year 9 have one period of ICT per week. These classes are used to acquire skills in the use of the Spreadsheets, Logo Design, Movie Maker and HTML Website Coding.

All pupils in Year 10 have one period of ICT per week. These classes are used to acquire skills in the use of Databases, Website Design, Gaming and Python.

Both GCSE and A-Level follow the CCEA specification and the coursework component means that students can learn ICT through hands-on development of practical projects.

 

GCSE Digital Technology

Full Course Digital Technology is offered to all students in Year 11. The specification has five units:

  • Unit 1: Digital Technology (Compulsory)
  • Unit 2: Digital Authoring Concepts
  • Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice
  • Unit 4: Digital Development Concepts
  • Unit 5: Digital Development Practice.

Unit 1 is compulsory. Students then choose either Units 2 and 3 (Route A) or Units 4 and 5 (Route B). The table below summarises the structure of the GCSE Course.

Route A: Multimedia

Content Assessment Weightings
Compulsory
Core Unit
Unit 1:
Digital Technology
External written
examination
1 hour
30%
Multimedia
Units
Unit 2:
Digital Authoring Concepts
External written
examination
1 hour 30 mins
40%
Unit 3:
Digital Authoring Practice
Controlled Assessment 30%


Route B: Programming

Content Assessment Weightings
Compulsory
Core Unit
Unit 1:
Digital Technology
External written
examination
1 hour
30%
Programming Units Unit 4:
Digital Development Concepts
External written
examination
1 hour 30 mins
40%
Unit 5:
Digital Development Practice
Controlled Assessment 30%

 

A-Level Digital Technology

Progression to A-level is a very popular route with many students deciding to continue their studies. A-level Digital Technology can be chosen as an AS subject and can then be continued at A2 level. The table below summarises the structure of the A-Level Course.

Content Assessment Weightings
AS 1:
Approaches to Systems Development
External written examination
1 hour 30 mins
Students answer short and extended questions based on Approaches to Systems Development.
50% of AS
20% of A-Level
AS 2:
Fundamentals of Digital Technology 
External written examination
1 hour 30 mins
Students answer short and extended questions based on the Fundamentals of Digital Technology.
50% of AS
20% of A-Level
A2 1:
Information Systems 
External written examination
2 hours 30 mins
Students answer short and extended questions based on Information Systems.
40% of A-Level
A2 2:
Application Development (Case Study) 
Internal Assessment

Students compile a portfolio showing evidence of the analysis, design, development, testing and evaluation of an application for a specified end user.

20% of A-Level

For more information, contact Mrs K Strain (Head of ICT Department)