ICT

The demand is on for ICT professionals right now! Hundreds of exciting, and fun careers are available every year in ICT.

ICT & Telecoms is at the heart of every sector in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is recognised as a world leader in Software Development. 28,000 people in Northern Ireland are currently employed in the ICT & Telecoms Industry.

By the year 2020, the demand for software professionals is forecast to grow by 42%. There is a need for 2,300 new entrants a year into ICT & Telecoms professional job roles in Northern Ireland.

Growth within ICT & Telecoms is currently 8 times faster than the average throughout Northern Ireland (Bring IT On 2013).

Here at Cambridge House Grammar School, we recognise the importance of ICT in employment and aim to provide all pupils with the opportunity to sample a wide range of applications of ICT in a variety of stimulating contexts.

Staff

  • Mr M. Bell - Head of Department
  • Mrs J. Jordan

Curriculum

Our KS3 ICT programme is designed to be multifaceted. It not only aims to provide pupils with the necessary ICT skills required for GCSE ICT, but also to empower them with the necessary skills, understanding and confidence to make appropriate and effective use of ICT in other subject areas of the curriculum.

The purpose of KS3 ICT classes is to:

  • enable pupils to become familiar with ICT resources which may be used in other subject areas to enhance the nature and quality of learning;
  • ensure that pupils have the appropriate basic ICT skills and competence to use them in learning in other subject areas;
  • promote literacy, numeracy, communication, information handling and independent learning skills;
  • prepare pupils for learning, living and working in the ‘information age’;
  • prepare pupils for study of ICT as an academic subject at GCSE level and beyond.
  • Prepare pupils in the breadth of applications required for GCSE ICT so pupils may make an informed choice on whether to continue with ICT at GCSE level, or not.

GCSE and A Level pupils follow the CCEA specification. GCSE pupils study a range of hardware components, digital communication methods and applications of ICT. They will also complete 5 controlled assessment tasks using a variety of software packages.

A-Level pupils will build on their GCSE knowledge and will focus on the software development process. As part of their coursework, they will design and create an ICT application to be used in a real world situation.

More details of these specifications can be found at http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/ict/examining/index.asp