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t Josephs College, Coalisland

ICT

Introduction

The influence of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is rapidly expanding in our world today. New information and communication technologies, services and networks are transforming the way people live, work and learn.

Our department aims to show pupils:

- ICT is concerned with how technology is and can be used to manage and process information.

- Today's computers and computer software are used to create, convert, access, store, organise, protect, present, communicate and transmit information in a variety of electronic forms.

- The technical knowledge, skills and understanding needed in a world increasingly dominated by the use of ICT systems.

- The study of ICT can also lead to careers in ICT management as well as people management, computer programming, database management, website design, website management or graphic design.

Department members:

Mrs C Donnelly - Head of Department

Mrs A L Brennan

Key Stage 3

ICT is taught throughout all departments and will be formally assessed through CCEA, where pupils will receive a level based on subject specific tasks.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE Level we study the CCEA Specification.

It has a Single Tier of entry.

In Year 11 pupils study Unit 1 which is called Tools and Applications (Spreadsheet, Database, Presentation). It is assessed through controlled assessment and is worth 30%.

In Year 12 pupils study Unit 2 which is called Using Multimedia and Games Technology (Website & Designing a Game). It is assessed through controlled assessment and is worth 30%.

Throughout Year 11 & 12 pupils will cover Unit 3 (Theory), Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World. This is assessed at the end of Year 12 in the form of a 2 hour examination worth 40%.

For further information on this specification:

http://www.ccea.org.uk/ict/

Extra Curricular

The ICT department offer GCSE tuition classes after school throughout the year. These have proven beneficial to pupils who wish to boost their GCSE grade. Also there is an ICT Club after school which allows pupils the opportunity to avail of our excellent ICT resources.