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ICT / Digital Technology


Teaching Staff:
Mrs C Houston (Head of Department), Mrs L Murphy (KS3 & KS4), Mrs A McStravick, Miss J Mallon, Mrs G Corcoran & Mr N Kerr (KS3)

Mr N Donnelly & Mr A Pumpurs


ICT is part of our daily lives at home, school and in the world of work. Today, students arrive from primary school with an excellent understanding of computer use and can expect to develop these skills during their time at St Patrick’s College.

St Patricks College offer some excellent facilities and resources;

  • 3 stand-alone ICT classrooms
  • 8 ICT resource rooms
  • A suite of Macs in Music and Art
  • A suite of laptops for use by Post 16 students
  • 4 mobile laptop trolleys
  • 100 iPads which can be booked by departments
  • Every classroom has an interactive whiteboard

Pupils will also be given the opportunity to experience a range of operating systems including Linux, Windows, Mac OS and iOS. E-Learning is also being introduced through the use of G Suite e.g. Google Drive and Google Classroom.

These allow pupils to work collaboratively and independently whilst also developing important ICT skills.

The ICT department are proud to have Digital Leaders who are ambassadors for the subject. These are pupils who have a great interest and talent in all things digital. They assist pupils and teachers with ICT issues and run the successful Computing Club. During this they utilise Robotics kits, MicroBits, Raspberry Pi kits and Movie Editing Software. These enhance pupil’s problem solving and logical thinking skills in a fun and enjoyable way.

Department Aims

The department is committed to developing the ICT skills of all the students to enable them to participate in a rapidly changing world. Pupils use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. Increased capability in the use of ICT promotes initiative and independent learning. Pupils are able to make informed judgements about when and where to use ICT to best effect.

Curriculum Details

Key Stage 3

ICT is delivered to all year groups in KS3. Throughout KS3 pupils will learn the following:

  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Basic programming theory
  • Programming languages
  • Website development
  • Gaming
  • Basic word processing skills
  • Cybercrime and security
  • Internet safety & the appropriate use of social

Key Stage 4

Two specifications are being delivered at GCSE within the College.

CCEA Digital Technology is a 3-unit course delivered over 2 years. The College has opted for the Multimedia route which is outlined below:

Compulsory UnitUnit 1:
Digital Technology
External written exam
1 hour
Multimedia UnitsUnit 2:
Digital Authoring Concepts
External written exam
1 hour 30mins
Unit 3:
Digital Authoring Practice
Controlled Assessment30%

Additionally, OCN NI Level 2 Certificate in IT Applications is also delivered. Pupils complete 5 units of work over a 2-year period to total 15 or more credits.

Examples of the units studied include Word Processing, Spreadsheet Software, Database Design and IT User Fundamentals.

Key Stage 5

The College have been delivering CCEA’s A Level Digital Technology over the last number of years. This course is taught over 2 years with the following topics being covered.

AS 1: Approaches to Systems DevelopmentExternal written exam
1 hour 30mins
50% of AS
20% of A Level
AS 2: Fundamentals of Digital TechnologyExternal written exam
1 hour 30mins
50% of AS
20% of A Level
A2 1: Information SystemsExternal written exam
2 hour 30mins
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

Additionally, the College has this year began offering OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in IT (2012 suite). Pupils study 6 units over the 2-year period which include areas such as: Communication and employability skills in IT, Information Systems and Database Design.

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