Information Technology

The ICT Department in Banbridge High School is well resourced, with 4 suites of PCs connected to the C2k network.  Each pupil in Years 8-10 receives one period (50 minutes) of ICT per week by a specialist IT teacher.

Key Stage 3

Topics covered include: Internet Safety, text processing, blogging, communicating to a specified target audience, desk-top publishing, web site design, use of presentation software, Scratch, podcasting, databases,spreadsheets and programming

At key stage 3, pupils are given opportunity to apply their IT knowledge to real-life situations.  This includes the investigating IT careers, use software to investigate financial situations and netiquette (staying safe online).

Parents who wish to look at the programme of study in ICT can do so via Fronter.  This can be accessing by clicking on the ‘My School’ logo on the top left hand side of the page.  Your child will have their own C2k username and password.  Pupils who are absent from school can also access their work from home.

Key Stage 4

From September 2017 pupils can choose study of two options at key stage 4:


Key Stage 5

From September 2017 students will have the opportunity to study BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information & Communication Technology.  (Specification here)

Students who choose ICT at advanced level study the 6 unit Applied ICT from CCEA. (Microsite here)

The course is assessed as follows:

Unit Title Coursework Content
AS Unit 1 Information & Communication(Coursework) Students must produce a report for management that explains the nature, importance and use of information in a business organisation and the importance of ICT in documenting and communicating this information; and demonstrate four different ways in which information can be communicated for a range of different purposes in an organisation.
AS Unit 2 AS Unit 2 Software Applications and Tools(2½ hours computer-based examination) This unit will develop skills and understanding in the most commonly used systems and applications software and communications technology. Candidates will be required to use these applications to support business functions in a given context. Candidates will be required to research, select, evaluate and use software to provide solutions to given problems.
AS Unit 3 Organisations and Information Systems(2 Hour Examination) Case study.Students must research the case study thoroughly and apply their knowledge and understanding to a range of business solutions. Students must produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their understanding of the unit material by practically applying it to the case study.
A2 Unit 7 Investigating Systems (2 Hour Written Examination) In this unit you will learn why it is important to fully understand the systems development process, the role of Systems Analysis and Design and the importance of the User, in the creation of the best working solutions to business problems.This unit will be externally assessed by a 2 hour written examination
A2 Unit 8 Database Development(Coursework) Students must develop a working relational database system which captures data and validates, stores and processes data to produce information. The system must be fully tested and assessed in terms of:

  • the organisation of data;
  • the quality of user interface;
  • the use of error messages; and
  • the quality of output.

Students must also produce user documentation to go with the database.

A2 Unit 9 Website Design and Management(Coursework) Students must produce a professional functional website that fully meets client needs and includes evidence of advanced content such as dynamic scripting or media; and

  • a project plan outlining the website specification, page layout ideas, content guidelines, dynamic content, remote management ideas and feasibility.