Miss A Smith – BSc(Hons), PGCE – Head of Department
Mrs H Irvine – Subject Teacher
Mrs Graham - Subject Teacher Mr Rennie - Subject Teacher
Mr Clarke - Subject Teacher
The ICT department aims to ensure that pupils at Omagh High School acquire the knowledge and skills they need for the emerging information society in which they live, work and learn and seeks to promote continuity, coherence and progression at all stages.
To support the delivery of our ICT programmes a network of over 180 workstations connected to a C2K central server with centrally managed file storage and printing facilities. The network consists of:
- Three main teaching ICT suites, each with 25 networked workstations connected to laser and colour inkjet printing facilities;
- One smaller ICT suite equipped with 15 networked workstations and printers to facilitate smaller groups of pupils;
- Two suites of portable laptops also linked to the C2k network;
- A number of smaller clusters of workstations for specialised use (eg Art, Music, etc);
- A number of networked stations available for pupil use in the Sixth Form Study Centre;
- One C2k workstation in each classroom for teacher administration, each connected to an Interactive White Board for whole class teaching;
Pupils also have access to scanners, digital cameras, video cameras and a range of other electronic resources. ICT classes throughout the school are taught in one of the ICT suites, all of which provide access to a wide range of software, including; Word Processing, Desk Top Publishing, Presentation, Web Authoring, Multimedia, Graphics, Relational Databases, Spreadsheets and Web Browsing. Pupils also have access to the Internet and have their own C2k email accounts. There are sufficient resources to ensure that all pupils have access to their own equipment during class time.
Key Stage 3
KS3 ICT focuses on introducing pupils to common software applications such as those listed below as well as placing emphasis on the safe use of the internet:
- Word processing
- Desk Top Publishing
- Web Design
- Games Development
- Programming / Python
- Web Browsing
The packages used encourage the students to be creative, to explore, express, exchange, evaluate, exhibit and develop their ICT skills base.
ICT is taught through 2 x 35min discrete ICT classes in each of years 8, 9 and 10. At KS3, ICT is also taught throughout the various areas of study across the curriculum allowing pupils the opportunity to use a wider variety of software such as Photoshop in Art and Design and CAD in TD classes.
ICT is assessed as a cross curricular subject by a minimum of two areas of study in each year group at KS3.
Key Stage 4
Digital Technology is a very popular choice at GCSE with most pupils opting to take the subject. The course in taught in 5 x 35min periods across Year 11 and Year 12.
Structure of Course
|Assessment Component||Nature of Assessment||Component Weighting|
The internally assessed component consists of six CCEA set assignments.
|Assignment Ref||Assignment Title||Application Used||Marks Available|
|A2||Booklet / Report||Word / Publisher||19|
|A3||Design a Webpage||Frontpage||19|
|B1||Using the Internet||Browser – Internet Explorer||6|
|B3||Cost of School Trip||Excel||14|
The theoretical aspects of the specification are taught using mainly teacher prepared resources along with resources accessed on the teach-ict website and ICT Workout software available on all pupil workstations. This component is externally assessed through two exam papers.
Structure of Course
(New specification starting September 2010)
|Unit 1: Availability Tools and Applications||Controlled Assessment||30%|
|Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology||Controlled Assessment||30%|
|Unit 3: Theory – Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World||External Exam (2 hours)
In the new revised GCSE ICT, Unit 1 and Unit 2 are assessed by controlled assessment. Each is worth 30 percent of the final award. There are three tasks for Unit 1 and two tasks for Unit 2. CCEA set the tasks, and they are all compulsory. Students must work independently and make reference to any resources they have used.
Teachers mark the controlled assessment tasks, using criteria that is provided by CCEA, and CCEA moderate them.
The table below gives further details of the Controlled Assessment tasks:
|Time Limits||Total Weighting|
Tools and Applications
|Task 1: 9 hours
Task 2: 6 hours
Task 3: 7 hours 30 mins
Using Multimedia and Games Technology
|Task 1: 11 hours
Task 2: 11 hours 30 mins
The theoretical aspects of the specification will be taught using mainly teacher prepared resources which can be accessed by pupils from home as well as at school through logging on to https://learningni.net with their C2k user name and password. Resources from the teach-ict website and ICT Workout software available on all pupil workstations in school will be used in addition to the course materials on the VLE. This component is externally assessed through one 2 hour exam paper.
A GCSE Short Course is also offered at KS4 for those pupils who are unable to complete a full GCSE. The short course consists of the following:
|Unit 1: Tools and Applications||Controlled Assessment||60%|
|Unit 2: Theory – Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World||External Exam (1 hours)
Other courses are offered at KS4 as required. These are an entry level qualification in ICT and the CLAIT (Computer Literacy and Information Technology) exam as follows.
Entry Level ICT
|Unit 1 Presenting Information
Unit 2 Handling Information
Unit 3 Spreadsheet Modelling
Unit 4 Use of Internet
|Units 1 – 4 Internal Assessment:-
2 Controlled Tests
2 pieces of coursework
|Unit 5 Understanding the use of ICT||Unit 5 External Assessment:-
Pupils can take as many units as they wish from the following:
- Unit 1 File Management and e-Document Production
- Unit 2 Creating Spreadsheets and Graphs
- Unit 5 Create an e-Presentation
Key Stage 5 / Post 16
Many pupils also opt to study Digital Technology at A Level. The course is taught in 8x 35min periods in Year 13 and 9x 35min periods in Year 14.
The CCEA specification builds on the broad objectives of the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum. It encourages students to become discerning users of ICT and develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT.
AS/A2 Digital Technology
Digital Technology incorporates aspects of computer science and information technology (IT). The subject explores how technology can be used to create, store, process, analyse and present information in a digital context. The influence of digital technology in our lives continues to accelerate. Current and emerging technologies transform the way we communicate, how we work and the way we learn. As a result, almost all organisations will value the knowledge, understanding and skills that AS/A2 Digital Technology develops.
This qualification is for students who are interested in current and emerging technologies, the impact they have and how to utilise them effectively.
Skills developed in this subject
- The capacity to thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
- The skills to work collaboratively;
- Problem solving skills;
- The ability to appraise and make critical judgments about the use of IT systems.
- The key skills needed for the world of work: application of number, communication, improving their own learning and performance and digital technology.
Careers linked with I.C.T
Digital Technology provides opportunities for students to progress to career paths leading to professional IT management and responsible use of IT within industry. It also provides a basis for all computer related careers and in particular that of a Systems Analyst. IT has become a core skill and is highly desirable in most careers.
- Project Manager
- Systems Analyst
- Network Administrator
- Computer Sales Advisor
- Desktop Publishing Operator
- Applications Developer
- ICT Trainer
- Software Engineer
- Website Designer
- Computer Aided Design
- Database Administrator
- Multimedia Production Assistant
- Software Support Technician
- Network Engineer
- Civil Servant
- Customer Service/Support
- ICT Consultant
- ICT Infrastructure Designer