Mr D. O’Connor (Subject Leader)

Mr G. Gibbons

Mr S. Williamson

Mr A. McIvor




The increasing use of technology in all aspects of society makes confident and productive use of ICT essential for everybody. As a result, the ICT department aims to encourage pupils to become both independent enquirers and creative thinkers.


At St Mary’s Limavady we incorporate the use of computers and technology across the whole curriculum as technology is part and parcel of pupil’s everyday lives.


The work across all Key Stages is designed to challenge the students to create ICT solutions to key tasks and problems in the real world. In our dedicated ICT suites the pupils are taught how to become efficient users of digital technology, ranging from essential office skills to programming and web designing. As a school we endeavour to increase pupil’s capability in the use of ICT and support them to become confident and independent users of a wide range of technologies.






What you will study:


KS3 students will follow a tailored scheme of work to meet the needs of developing the students’ knowledge and skills of using ICT.


Topics covered in KS3 involve:


  • E-Safety
  • Scratch Programming
  • Introduction to Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Introduction to Presentation Software
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Animation
  • Email
  • Graphic Design
  • Movie Creation
  • Website Designing




This involves being assessed on 5 occasions throughout the year to monitor and assess student progress on topics studied. Assessment will be in the form of:


  • Online Quizzes
  • Class Projects
  • Christmas and Summer tests







What you will study:


CCEA GCSE ICT Full Course has three units of study:


1. Tools and Applications


  • Communications Software
  • Presentation Package
  • Information Handling Package
  • Spreadsheet Package


2. Using Multimedia and Games Technology


  • Using Graphics
  • Using Digital Video and Sound
  • Games Technology

3. Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life

  • Knowledge of ICT Components
  • Data and Information
  • Digital Communication Methods
  • Applications of ICT




  • ICT has a 2hr exam at the end of Year 12 worth 40% of the GCSE
  • The other 60% is gained through Controlled Assessment in the classroom.


Controlled Assessment


Year 11: Tools and Applications (30%)

Three tasks must be completed in the following Areas:


  • Task 1 – Database Software (Ms Access)
  • Task 2 – Spreadsheet Software (Ms Excel)
  • Task 3 – Presentation Software (Ms PowerPoint)


Year 12: Using Multimedia and Games Technology (30%)

Two tasks must be completed in the following Areas:


  • Task 1 – Game Technology Software (Scratch)
  • Task 2 – Web design Software (Dreamweaver)





KS5 (A Level)


What you will study:


GCE CCEA Applied ICT course has six units of study:


Year 13

Two coursework units must be completed in the following areas:


  • Unit 1 – Information and Communication (16.6%)
  • Unit 3 – Organisations and Information Systems (16.6%)


Year 14

Two coursework units must be completed in the following areas:


  • Unit 8 – Database Development (16.6%)
  • Unit 9 – Website Design and Management (16.6%)




Year 13


  • Unit 2 – Software Applications and Tools(16.6%)
  • An External computer based examination lasting 2h 30mins


Year 14


  • Unit 7 – Investigating Systems(16.6%)
  • An External Examination lasting 2hours.
  • Other Information e.g. Awards, extra activities etcExtra-Curricular activities involve:
  • Lunch time Computer Club
  • Code Club
  • After school Coursework Clinic
  • After school Exam Revision
  • 6th Form IT Careers Day in Millennium Forum
  • ‘BringIT On’ Sessions for Yr11 & Yr12


Career’s in ICT:


Programming: £20,000 - £50,000+

Website design: £20,000 - £40,000+

Games designer: £30,000 - £60,000+

Games tester: £20,000 - £25,000+

Multimedia: £20,000 - £30,000+

Computer Engineering: £20,000 - £50,000+

Robotics and artificial intelligence: £30,000 - £60,000+




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