Information Communication Technology (ICT) is a core aspect of modern life. It underpins the way we work, keep in touch and relax. In addition, the digital technology industry sector now represents a significant sector of the local economy. The ICT department of Dominican College aims to provide pupils with the core competencies that are now essential to making your way in the modern world. At Key Stage 3 the pupils are allocated one period per week of ICT in Year 8 and two periods per week in Years 9 & 10. The aim of these lessons is to allow all pupils to learn the main skills that they will need to be able to use computer software effectively. At Key Stage 4 we follow CCEA’s full course GCSE in ICT and at Key Stage 5 we follow WJEC’s specification for GCE ICT. Every year some of our students embark on degree programmes in the increasingly popular areas of Computing and ICT.

Dominican College has 3 dedicated ICT rooms, each equipped with approximately 27 multimedia PCs which work as part of the C2K network. Every classroom in the school has an interactive whiteboard and staff and pupils also have access to a range of printers, scanners and assorted hardware and software. The school also has a dedicated Apple Mac network which comprises a Mac Server and 2 Apple Mac computer suites which are largely used by the Moving Image Arts, Media Studies and Music departments.

Departmental Staff
Mr Ciaran Lyons – Head of ICT
Ms Claire Culshaw – ICT Teacher

Celebrating Achievement
GCSE results: The following pupils achieved maximum uniform marks in the CCEA GCSE ICT examination in 2014: Sophie Hughes, Leah Taylor, Chloe Fitzgerald.
In the summer 2013 examination series, Emer Doherty achieved the highest mark recorded in CCEA’s A2 ICT exam

Examination Performance
GCSE - percentage & (pupils)
 Year  A*  A   B  C  D
 2014  24% (10)  54% (22)  12% (5)  10% (4)  0 (0)
 2013  13% (3)  35% (8)  39% (9)  13% (3)  0 (0)
 2012  0 (0)  76% (22)  17% (5)  7% (2)  0 (0)


A Level - percentage & (pupils)

 Year  A*  A   B  C  D  E
 2014    43% (6)  29% (4)  29% (4)    
 2013  11% (1)  22% (2)  33% (3)  22% (2)  11% (1)  
 2012  7% (1)  29% (4)  21% (3)  29% (4)  7% (1)  7% (1)



 Year  Topic 1  Topic 2  Topic 3  Topic 4  Topic 5  Topic 6
 8   MS Word (Word Processing)    MS PowerPoint   MS Excel (Basic Spreadsheets)  The Internet  Basic Programming
 9   MS Word  MS Excel (Intermediate Spreadsheets)   Photoshop (Basic Image Manipulation)   Web Design  MS Access (Basic Databases)  HTML
 10   ICT Theory    MS Access (Intermediate Databases)   Photoshop (Intermediate Image Manipulation)  MS Excel (Advanced Spreadsheets)  Scratch Programming


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 Assessed by 3 Continuous Assessment Tasks in Year 11

(Databases, Spreadsheets & PowerPoints)

 Unit 1: Tools and Applications   

 Communications Software
Presentation Package
Information Handling Package
Spreadsheet Package


 Assessed by 2 Continuous Assessment Tasks in Year 12

(Web Design and Game Design)

 Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology

 Using Graphics
Using Digital Video and Sound
Games Technology
Using Multimedia Assets

 Studied in Year 11 & Year 12.

Assessed by examination at the end of Year 12

 Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems…  

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


Game Yr12 sample


 AS  IT1/3 - Theory   IT2/4 - Coursework 
 IT1: 60% exam
 IT2: 40% CW
 Data , information and knowledge
 The value and importance of information
 Quality of information
 Validation and verification
 Capabilities and limitations of ICT

 Uses of ICT - Business
Computer based shopping systems

 Uses of ICT - Education
Uses of computers for teaching and learning
School / college administration

 Uses of ICT - Health
Scanning, life support
Medical databases
Expert systems

 Uses of ICT - Home
Home on-line banking

 Presenting Information
 Human Computer Interface (HCI)
 Social Issues
 Database Systems

Spreadsheet features and functions
Methodology and Practice
Simulation modelling
 Solution to a problem involving three separate tasks
 Analysis of existing data processing activities
 Desk top publishing
 Automated documents
 Compression and storage techniques


 A2  IT1/3 - Theory   IT2/4 - Coursework 
 IT3: 60% exam
 IT4: 40% CW
Choosing a network for a company
Types of network available
Software components

 The Internet
The impact of the Internet upon business
Connecting to the Internet
Moral, Social and Ethical Issues

 Human Computer Interface (HCI)

 Working with ICT
Codes of conduct
 ICT Security Policies

 Database systems
Distributed databases

 Management of change

 Management Information Systems

 System Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
 A database project based in an actual commercial context
User Requirements
Design specification
User documentation
Project planning




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Extra-curricular Activities

The ICT Department runs an after school club which is open to all pupils studying ICT in the senior school. The ICT club is intended to introduce pupils to the more demanding aspects (yet fun!) aspects of computer programming which are not covered in normal ICT lessons. For this we are fortunate to have the use of 5 Raspberry Pi computers generously donated by iTeach. One of the main reasons for running the club is so that pupils who are considering a degree programme in Computing will have had the opportunity to investigate this area.

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