Departmental Staff

Mr G. McStocker  (Director of ICT)

Mr S. McElhinney

Mrs T. McCullagh

Miss U Coary

Mr S. McVeigh

Mrs A McKenny

Mr M Stevenson

ICT Technician: Mrs Nicola McElhatton

ICT Technician: Mr Conor Mallon

The aim of the ICT Department


The aim of the ICT Department is to provide students with a wide range of ICT and programming skills that can be used in everyday life or to gain access to University to pursue a career in ICT.

KS3 Curriculum (Years 8, 9 and 10)


The ICT Department offers a wide range of ICT and Computer Science courses that prepare our students for further studies in GCSE, A, level and BTEC Courses.

In addition to the normal application software skills taught through spreadsheets, databases, web design and presentation software courses include computer programming in use of the Microbits, Raspberry Pi, AV3 programming in Robotics, Python, Scratch and C#. We encourage a practical approach to programming and promote students innovation and creativity in their approach to ICT through the use of programming kits using the Microbit, Raspberry Pi, laser graphics cutter and 3D printer.  In addition to the normal ICT and Computer Science classes on offer at KS3/4 our ICT after school’s club work on programming and video productions to enter competitions such as the Childline E. Safety competition.


KS4 Curriculum (Years 11/12)


GCSE and BTEC Courses

We currently offer both the programming and Multimedia route in the new CCEA GCSE Digital Technologies course and BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology.


Overview of GCSE Digital Technologies

Digital Technology offers opportunities to build on the skills and capabilities developed through the delivery of the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Northern Ireland.

The qualification offered:

Route A Multimedia

GCSE Digital Technology (Multimedia)


Route B Programming

GCSE Digital Technology (Programming)

Unit 1

In this unit, students explore a range of digital technologies available for data

storage, manipulation, presentation and transfer. They also evaluate the importance

of data security and data legislation.

Unit 2

In this unit, students gain an understanding of the concepts in the development of

digital systems. They enhance the knowledge and skills developed in Unit 1.

Unit 3

In this unit, students design, develop and test digital multimedia systems.

Unit 4

In this unit, students analyse trends in software development and the concepts

involved in designing and building digital systems using coded solutions.

Unit 5

In this unit, students design, develop and test coded solutions when creating digital

systems. Students must use one of the following languages in their completed

solution: Python, Java or C#.



Overview BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology


The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award is a level 2 qualification, it consists of three units being taught over two years.  The units are:


Unit 1 the On-Line World. 


This is an externally assessed written exam unit. This unit will help students understand the main technologies and processes behind the internet and investigate how they come together to let users view websites and send information across the world.


Unit 3 Digital Portfolio.


 This is an internally assessed unit. This unit provides students with the opportunity to produce their own digital portfolio. A digital portfolio is an exciting onscreen way to showcase achievements to potential employers or when applying for a course.  The digital portfolio is all about showcasing the projects students have created and developed demonstrating how they can make use of communication and presentation software.


Unit 13 Website Development.


This unit is internally assessed and will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the features and uses of websites by exploring what they are and how their integrated components and applications interact with each other. Students will also learn how to design, develop and test a website for a brief. Once this is completed students will review their website, having obtained feedback from others.

KS5 Curriculum (Years 13/14)


A Level and BTEC Level 3 Courses


We offer CCEA GCE A Level Software Systems and BTEC Level 3 in Information and Creative Technology. 

Overview of CCEA GCE A Level Software Systems.

This new applied GCE in Software Systems Development is a qualification in which students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through practical demonstration and/or in a context related to employability. It aims to develop software skills which will prepare students for work in today’s software industry, as well as to enhance students’ understanding of systems approaches. The subject has four units. The units are:


(Taught in Year 13)

AS 1: Introduction to Object Oriented Development (2 hour written Exam)

AS 2: Event Driven Programming (practical programming project)


(Taught in Year 14)

A2 1: Systems Approaches and Database Concepts (practical programming project)

A2 2: Implementing Solutions (2 hour written Exam)



Overview of BTEC Level 3 in Information and Creative Technology


Unit 1 Information Technology Systems 

This unit is externally assessed through a written examination set and marked by Pearson.

The examination is two hours in length. Learners will be assessed on their understanding of

computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.


Unit 2 Creating Systems to manage Information

This unit is externally assessed through a task set and marked by Pearson.

The set task will be completed under supervised conditions for 10 hours in a one-week period set by Pearson, which can be arranged over a number of sessions.

The set task will assess learners’ ability to design, create, test and evaluate a relational database system to manage information.


Unit 3 Using Social Media in Business

This unit is internally assessed and students will explore the impact of social media on the ways in which businesses promote their products and services.  Students will also develop and implement a plan to use social media in a business to meet the users’ requirements.


Unit 6 Website Development

This unit is externally assessed.  Students will review existing websites – commenting on their overall design and effectiveness. Scripting languages will be used such as Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript® and a simple text editor, or rapid application development tools. Students will reflect on the website design and functionality using a testing and review process. This unit will help students understand the principles of website development and they will design a website to meet client requirements.

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