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St Colman's High & Sixth Form College, Ballynahinch



Department Staff

Ms C Muckian (Head of Department)

Mr C Rice

Mrs J King


Our department aim

ICT skills are an essential skill for life. No matter what job you find yourself in it is highly likely that you will use ICT in some way.

The ICT Department in St Colman’s are committed to ensuring that all pupils are equipped with these skills, whilst developing their confidence and providing fun and interactive methods of developing these skills..  We use up-to-date teaching methods and resources via iPad technology to engage pupils. We encourage pupils to develop their ICT skills at home as well as in class by providing access learning material via Google Classroom which can be accessed using a home PC or on the pupils’ iPad.

We expect every pupil to ensure they bring their iPad to class and ensure that it is fully charged. 

Key stage 3 provision

All pupils at St Colman's will have ICT for 1 hour a week.  At Key Stage 3 the pupils will follow a broad, balanced programme in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  All pupils at Key stage 3 will start by learning about Digitial Citizenship and how to stay safe when using the internet.  Pupils will also be learning about Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Emailing, Vector Graphics and Scratch.  Year 9 students will be introduced to Mobile App development in Term 3.  Year 10 pupils will be introduced to Web Development using Dreamweaver, as well as Raspberry Pi projects in Term 3.


Key stage 4 provision


OCN - Level 2 Certificate for IT Users 

This qualification is delivered over two years.  On successful completion of this qualification, the award is equivalent to a Grade B at GCSE.  

The pupils will cover the following units:

Unit name

Contribution to final grade

Assessment method

Word processing



Spreadsheet software



Email Software skills



Presentation software



Social media



This qualification is continually assessed via coursework and there is no formal examination.  Assessment will be through completion of work on Google classroom.


Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology (Planned delivery from September 2022)

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology has been designed primarily for pupils who may wish to explore a vocational route in IT at Key Stage 4.  This qualification introduces pupils to a broad range of topics within Information and Creative Technology through theoretical topics as well as the development of practical skills in digital development using digital tools in web development and image creation.

The grades available and their GCSE equivalence are listed below.

  • Level 2 Distinction* equivalent to GCSE A*
  • Level 2 Distinction equivalent to GCSE A
  • Level 2 Merit equivalent to GCSE B
  • Level 2 Pass equivalent to GCSE C
  • Level 1 Pass equivalent to GCSE E

The qualification is delivered over two years and will be assessed over three units:

Unit name

Contribution to final grade

Assessment method

Online world


1 hour onscreen test – set and marked by Pearson

A digital portfolio



Website development



Pupils who study the Level 1/2 award in Information and Creative Technology as an option will develop their web authoring skills as well as developing an understanding of the main technologies and processes behind the Internet.  They will develop practical skills in developing web content and digital assets. The subject prepares students for the Level 3 IT course offered in the school.


GCSE Digital Technology

We currently offer the CCEA Digital Technology - Multimedia route.  This course is delivered over two years.  Pupils acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of digital technology in a variety of contexts. They also develop creative and practical digital technology skills, either using a range of generic software or in an object-oriented environment. They explore the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental impact of digital technology. This qualification also helps them to develop transferable skills such as creative problem-solving and teamwork.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using ICT.

This specification is unitised, therefore Unit 1: Digital Technology is assessed at the end of Year 11.  Unit 2:  Digital Authoring Concepts and Unit 3:  Digital Authoring Practice are assessed throughout and at the end of Year 12.

We deliver the following three units:


Unit name

Contribution to final grade

Assessment method

Unit 1: Digital Technology


1 hour written examination

Unit 2: Digital Authoring Concepts


1 hour 30 minute written examination

Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice




This qualification equips pupils with the knowledge and skills to progress to study IT at Post 16 level.


Key stage 5 provision

OCR Cambridge technical extended certificate in IT



Post 16

Level 2 Certificate in Creative Arts and Digital Technologies

The creative and digital technologies sectors are recognised as growth areas within the economy. The OCN NI Creative Arts and Digital Technologies qualification has been designed to meet emerging skills requirements in these sectors. The qualifications have been designed to offer a wide range of options mirroring the careers and occupations available within these sectors.

Units include:

  • Using Imaging Software Tools
  • Using Social Media to Market and Promote Events, Products and Services
  • Developing Websites
  • Photography: A Creative Approach to Picture Making


OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in IT

ICT is one of the most commonly taken Level 3 courses and its popularity is increasing! It concerns the use of ICT within today’s society and how life is changing through the increasing use of computers. You will be taught what the issues are around the growth of ICT and about the technology that drives this growth. You will also be asked to consider what effect these will have and whether these changes are for the better or worse.

During this course you will:

  • Gain advanced skills in a wide variety of software packages.
  • Develop strong problem solving skills.
  • Learn essential report writing and research skills.
  • Create a range of projects that covers Game development, Web design and Graphic Images.
  • Develop the ability to analyse, appraise and make critical judgments in using ICT.
  • Obtain a qualification that will make you attractive to future employers.

The aim of the course is to enable students the opportunity to develop the core specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required in the IT sector. This course allows them to do so through applied learning.

A variety of units studied including hardware, software and online

Includes practical activities in all units - learn, do, review

Develops transferable skills for the workplace or future studies

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

An interest in the Computer industry with a possible desire to enter employment in this area. You should enjoy using computers to research and produce material. You must also be interested in the technical aspect of how the computer systems work and in the creative aspect of digital media.


Unit 1 - Fundamentals of IT 25% 1 hour 30 minute written examination
Unit 2 - Global information 25% 1 hour 30 minute written examination
Unit 3 - Cyber security 17% 1 hour written examination
Unit 9 - Product development 17% Coursework
Unit 17 - Internet of Everything 17% Coursework

The School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites. We recommend adult supervision for all links to external sites.