All pupils in Lagan College will study a minimum of 1 period of ICT in years 8, 9 and 10. In Year 9 and 10 some pupils have the option to select 2 further periods of coding. ICT in Key Stage 3 is used to developed their skills in different applications from word processing and presentation software to web development and Python coding. The topics covered in Key Stage 3 lead into and assist with qualifications in Key Stage 4. Topics covered are:
Our ICT department endeavours to provide students studying the subject at Key Stage 4 with the ability to process and communicate information by electronic means. The department provides 2 courses to students BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology and also OCN NI Level 2 Award in Information Technology Applications. Each course builds upon the skills developed at Key Stage 3 but provides more in-depth study.
BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology
This course will help pupils take their first steps towards a career in the digital industry. Pupils learn the skills needed to produce IT systems and software. Pupils will become a more independent and discerning user of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use. Pupils will have opportunities to acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts.
OCN NI Level 2 Award in Information Technology Applications
IT skills are now required by almost everyone at work and to survive in society. This qualification is targeted at pupils who currently wish to acquire a good standard of IT skills.
BTEC National Extended Certificate – Information Technology
Information Technology involves the use of computers in industry, commerce, the arts and elsewhere. IT includes aspects of IT systems architecture, human factors, project management and the general ability to use computers. Increasingly businesses are implementing IT strategies to manage and process data both to support many business processes and to deliver new opportunities. Pupils will study the role of computer systems and the implications of their use in personal and professional situations.
Pupils will explore the relationships between the hardware and software that form an IT system, and the way that systems work individually and together, as well as the relationship between the user and the system.
In Lagan we offer BTEC National Extended Certificate in Information Technology. It comprises of the following form of assessment:
Pupils will undertake an examination Creating Systems to Manage Information (5 hour, computer based set task, over a 2 day period)
Learners will study three mandatory units: