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Breda Academy, Belfast

ICT

Subject Overview:

ICT is a department that covers a number of different courses covering different aspects of the subject. There are courses that allow pupils to learn about how computers work and how to program computers that follow a more computer science route. There are also courses that are more practical and allow students to use a range of software packages in order to create a wide range of digital products. 

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 3 students will study a number of different topics in year 10. These topics include Understanding Computers, Computer crime and cyber security and a topic on e-safety.

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 4 throughout years 11 and 12 students can study BTEC First Information and Creative Technology.

BTEC First Information and Creative Technology requires pupils to complete a number of coursework units. These units include Digital animation, Digital Audio, Digital Graphics, Digital Video, Spreadsheet development, Database development and Website Development.

Pupils will also sit an external exam on The Online world.

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 5 students can study GCE A Level Digital Technology or OCN NI Diploma in Information Technology.

Digital Technology requires pupils to complete 2 AS level papers on Approaches to Systems Development and Fundamentals of Digital Technology. A further exam paper in A2 Information Systems is required plus 1 piece of Internal assessment – Application Development.

The OCN NI Level 3 Diploma in Information Technology Applications is designed to provide learners with the more advanced IT skills required to function successfully in the work and wider environment. Pupils must complete a number of Coursework units including Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Using e-mail, Using the internet and Communication fundamentals.

 

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