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ICT Department

Within this ever-evolving digital world that we live in, we believe that it is paramount for all pupils to have the opportunity to develop their digital skills. As a department we are dedicated to ensuring that pupils have a platform to learn ICT skills which will equip them for the future. 

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.

 

At KS4 pupils in Year 11 and Year 12 will have the opportunity to continue ICT to GCSE level following the GCSE Digital Technology or OCN ICT pathways.

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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.

What our students say…

I picked Digital Technology as that's what my parents do for work, and I've grown up with technology. I chose it to help me have a better understanding of computers and the background to it as that's what is basically becoming our future as computers become the main topic of discussion in people’s lives, through phones, laptops etc. I also chose it to help me with what may come in the future and nearly every job will use technology in some way.
Evie Mackerracher - Current Year 12 Digital Technology Student
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