The effective use of ICT plays a central role in all subject areas. The ICT department aims to encourage pupils to become both independent leaners and creative thinkers. The work is designed to challenge the students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems in the real world.
In this ever changing digital world our ultimate objective is to move pupils from being consumers of information, to becoming producers of products and solutions.
We have four dedicated, networked ICT suites.
When pupils arrive to St Louis, we concentrate on familiarising them with the C2k network and their individual user areas. We specialise in the discussion of e-safety at this stage which we feel is of paramount importance across all key stages.
Key Stage 3:
All key stage 3 pupils have one lesson per week. We offer a broad range of software packages and skill based lessons in an effort to bring all students up to a common level. We endeavour to teach each pupil a wide skill base which they can transfer into other subject areas.
Pupils carry out units of work in the following areas:
Key Stage 3
Year 8 – Photoshop, Word, Excel, Cyber safety, Kodu.
Year 9 – Excel, Movie Maker, Code.org
Year 10 – Powerpoint/multimedia, Access
Key Stage 4
Pupils who chose to follow the GCSE path in the ICT subject area, have two choices.
1. CCEA GCSE Digital Technology – Multimedia
2. OCR Computer Science
The Digital Technology specification aims to encourage students to:
• acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of digital technology in a range of contexts;
• acquire creative and technical digital technology skills and apply these in a range of contexts;
• develop and evaluate digital technology based solutions to solve problems;
• develop their understanding of current and emerging technologies and the social and commercial impact of these technologies;
• develop their understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental impact of digital technology;
• recognise potential risks when using digital technology and develop safe, secure and responsible practice
• develop the skills needed to work collaboratively.
The Computer Science specification aims to encourage pupils to
• understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation
• analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs
• think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
• understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
• understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society
• apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.
Key Stage 5
Pupils who chose to follow the Post-16 route in the ICT subject area again have three choices.
1. AQA Computer Science
This course tests a student's ability to program, as well as their theoretical knowledge of computer science. We will look at the following areas:
· Big Data
2. CCEA GCE Digital Technology
This specification aims to encourage students to:
• develop a genuine interest in digital technology;
• gain an understanding of the systems development process;
• gain an awareness of a range of technologies and an appreciation of the potential
impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society;
• participate in developing an application while adhering to the systems
• develop an understanding of the consequences of using digital technology on
individuals, organisations and society, and of social, legal, ethical and other
considerations of using digital technology;
• apply their skills to relevant work-related scenarios;
• carry out research and development, and present their findings in different
• develop advanced study skills that help them prepare for third level education; and
• demonstrate that they understand and can apply key concepts through internal
and external assessments.
3. Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in IT
This course comprises of the following units of work:
Unit 1: Leaners study the role of computer systems & the implications of their use in personal & professional studies (Exam Unit- externally assessed)
Unit 2: Leaners study the design, creation, testing & evaluation of a relational database system to manage information (Case Study – Controlled Assessment)
Unit 3; Leaners explore how businesses use social media to promote their products and services. Leavers also implement social media activities in a business to meet requirements.
Unit 6: Leaners investigate website development principles. They will design& develop a website using scripting languages.
Members of ICT Department:
Miss J Scullion (Head of Department)
Mrs K Toner
Mr A McAfee
Technician – Mr P Heffron