What is ICT?

ICT is everywhere from how we learn in the classroom to how we spend our free time. Over the last number of years ICT has dramatically changed the way we live our lives; from smart phones and Netflix, to twitter, trending and hashtags.

According to www.bringitonni.info the demand for IT professionals is on right now. Recent trends show that there are approximately 2,000 vacancies per year for IT specialists in the areas of development, design and support.
Nearly 3.5% of Northern Ireland’s current workforce (28,000 people) are doing ICT jobs.
Here in St Columbs we want to prepare our students for life in the digital world.

ICT 2a


Members of the Department

  • Mrs L Hegarty (Head of Subject)
  • Mrs MJ O’Carolan
  • Mrs H Foster
  • Mr M Tracey
  • Mr A McCourt


We have 3 fully equipped ICT suites within the department which caters for all the requirements of the courses on offer in the ICT department.  Our staff are committed to providing the highest quality of teaching and learning for all our students

Within St Columbs ICT is taught at both Key stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Key Stage 4: CCEA GCSE Course

Key Stage 5: CCEA ICT

CCEA Applied ICT


This course provides pupils with the opportunity to develop both their practical ICT skills and learn about ICT in everyday life. The activities that the students complete in the classroom will assist this as well as developing their Independent learning skills, Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

This is a unitised specification which includes three units to be completed over the two years of study at Key Stage 4. It will include the completion of a number of Controlled Assessments and one written external exam paper.

Unit 1 will be completed in Year 11 and covers three Controlled Assessments and Unit 2 will be covered in Year 12 and will cover two Controlled Assessments.

Unit 3 will be completed over Year 11 & Year 12


Unit 1: Tools & Applications  30%

Unit 2: Using Multimedia & Games Technology  30%

Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and 40%

Its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World



The AS and A2 GCE Advanced level specifications should encourage students to:

  • Become discerning users of ICT;
  • Develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT.

This should form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression from AS to A2

In addition, the specification encourages students to develop:

  • The capacity for thinking creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically;
  • The skills to work collaboratively;
  • The ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems;

An understanding of the consequences of using ICT on individuals, organisations and society and of social, legal, ethical and other considerations on the use of ICT; and an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have on individuals, organisations and society.

Applied ICT

The specifications in Applied ICT encourage candidates to develop broad skills, knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector. They aim to encourage candidates to:

  • Develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in vocational contexts, as a basis for progression into further learning in ICT related fields, including progression from AS to A2;
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the components, functions and applications of information systems within a range of organisations;
  • Develop an understanding of the main principles of solving problems using ICT and develop the skills necessary to apply this understanding;
  • Provide opportunities for candidates to develop sufficient depth of understanding to inform their choices regarding further education, training and employment.

The A Level (6-unit) specification aims to encourage candidates to:

  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of ICT and use skills (eg planning, research, evaluation, problem solving) in vocational contexts;
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of information systems on organisations’ personnel, policies and practices;
  • Develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with others.

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