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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel


GCSE                          5 periods a week

In year 11 pupils may choose from 2 options. Pupils can study the CCEA GCSE ICT (soon to be Digital Technology) or WJEC Computer Science. these are both timetabled for five 30 minute periods per week.


GCSE ICT (Currently CCEA exam board)

ICT is concerned with how technology is and can be used to manage and process information. Today's computers and computer software are used to create, convert, access, store, organise, protect, present, communicate and transmit information in a variety of electronic forms.

CCEA's ICT qualification provides students with the technical knowledge, skills and understanding needed in a world increasingly dominated by the use of ICT systems. The study of ICT can also lead to careers in ICT management as well as people management, computer programming, database management, website design, website management or graphic design.

In studying this course the student will:

  • Become an independent user of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use and are aware of its implications for individuals, organisations and society;
  • Acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts;
  • Develop ICT based solutions to solve problems;
  • Develop your understanding of current and emerging technologies and the social and commercial impact of these technologies;
  • Develop your understanding of the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental issues raised by ICT;
  • Recognise potential risks when using ICT, and develop safe, secure and responsible practice;
  • Develop the skills to work together; and
  • Evaluate ICT based solutions.

The course comprises of the following three units:

Unit 1: Tools and Applications

Which deals with Communications software;Presentation Package;Information Handling Package; and Spreadsheet Package


Unit 2: Using Multimedia and Games Technology

Which deals with Using Graphics; Using Digital Video and Sound; Games Technology; and Using Multimedia Assets.


Unit 3: Understanding ICT Systems in Everyday Life and its Implications for Individuals, Organisations, Society and the Wider World

Which deals with Knowledge of ICT Components; Data and Information; Digital Communications Methods; and Applications of ICT.


Assessment Components

  1. External Assessment (exam) 2 hours
  2. Controlled Assessments (Based on Unit 1 and 2, each assessment is allocated 22.5 hours to complete)


Computer Science (Currently WJEC exam board)

The course gives students a real, in-depth understanding of how computer technology works. This course will give you an insight into what goes on ‘behind the scenes’, including computer programming, which many students find absorbing. The course provides excellent preparation for higher study and employment in the IT industry.

The course will develop critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills through the study of computer programming, giving students a fun and interesting way to develop these skills, which can be transferred to other subjects and even applied in day-to-day life. In this respect, the course provides excellent preparation for students who want to study or work in areas that rely on these skills, especially where they are applied to technical problems including engineering, financial and resource management, science and medicine.

Unit 1:

Understanding Computer Science

Worth: 45%

External Assessment: 1½ hours

90 Marks (90 UMS)

This examination will assess understanding of the theory content of the specification with a mixture of short, medium and longer answer questions.

Unit 2:

Solving Problems Using Computers

Worth: 30%

External Assessment: 2 hours

30 Marks (60 UMS)

This assessment consists of a series of tasks set and marked by WJEC and completed on screen by candidates. These tasks will assess the practical application of knowledge and understanding.

Unit 3:

Developing Computing Solutions 

Worth: 25% 

Controlled Assessment: 15 hours

50 Marks (50 UMS)

This controlled assessment will give candidates the opportunity to develop a piece of work using programming software following a task brief from a choice of two issued by WJEC.