We believe it is paramount that all pupils have the opportunity at KS3 to develop their ICT skills in order to prepare them for the digital world.
Year 8, 9 and 10 will all study discrete ICT lessons across their two-week timetable.
This allows pupils to have hands on computer experience where they will develop basic ICT skills in;
emails, word processing and spreadsheets and also providing pupils with opportunities to develop problem solving, computational thinking and logical reasoning skills.
Key Stage 3 - Overview
What can I do with a qualification in Digital Technology?
It’s a good time to be working in IT and computing. Research by e-skills UK shows
that the sector is one of the fastest-moving and most dynamic in the UK – currently employing 1 in 20 of us.
It’s estimated that over half a million new entrants will be needed to fill jobs in this sector over the next five years!
There are opportunities for IT and computing graduates across all industries, including retail, financial services, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, the public sector and healthcare – with strong growth and demand in cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of big data.
At Coleraine College we offer two different ICT qualifications at GCSE Level.
OCN - ICT
The OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in Information Technology Applications is designed to provide pupils with the IT skills required to function successfully in the work and wider environment.
OCN ICT qualification is a practical based GCSE which allows pupils to produce a portfolio of evidence for each unit. Upon successful completion of this qualification pupils will be awarded the equivalent to a Grade B at GCSE.
Pupils will study a range of units including; Word Processing, Email Software, Social Media, Spreadsheet Software and Presentation Software.
GCSE Digital Technology (Multimedia)
We also offer a traditional GCSE pathway in Digital Technology from the CCEA exam board.
This qualification allows pupils to gain a range of Grades from A*- C. Pupils complete both theory and practical and gain a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of Digital Technology.
Pupils learn a wide range of topics from Cloud Computing to Cyber Security, Spreadsheets to HTML and Website Development along with Digital Development and Design Considerations and the importance of Testing.
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