Information & Communications Technology

Welcome to our ICT Learning Area!

ICT is everywhere and so we believe it is important that all pupils can use ICT efficiently and enjoy doing so. It is a very popular, fun and successful subject area within Glengormley High School achieving excellent results each year and as a core subject, we want to inspire all students to learn more about ICT. Glengormley High School has superb ICT facilities boasting over 350 machines.

Through the Key Stages we learn about Graphics, Video Editing, Animation, Website Design, Programming, Database Design, Spreadsheets, Multimedia Presentation, Desk Top Publishing, Podcast Design, E-Safety and much more!

As well as practical skills, students will develop important skills for the world of work such as planning and organisation of work, problem solving and presentation, identifying users’ needs, producing solutions and evaluating what has been developed. We deliver this in fun ways and it’s great to see our pupils’ creative abilities being realised.


 

Teaching Staff

The ICT teachers are extremely dedicated and all share a passion of teaching ICT to our pupils, always putting the pupils’ needs and abilities to the forefront of everything that we do.

Mrs J A Stewart – Head of ICT

Mrs T Moore – ICT Teacher

Mrs L Handley – ICT /Business Studies Teacher

Mr B Guiney –  ICT Teacher, Numeracy Coordinator, E learning coordinator

Mr E Mackie – ICT Teacher, E learning coordinator

 

KS3

Students in Key Stage 3 follow a dynamic and engaging ICT course. The programme of study has been designed to excite and educate students about the practical uses of ICT. Our schemes of work have been developed in-house and provide learning opportunities for all students.

Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Word Processing Spreadsheets Desk Top Publishing
PowerPoint Movie Creation Webdesign
Graphics Computer Game HTML
Scratch Programming Python Database
Digital Recording

 

KS4 – GCSE

The ICT department believe that ICT is an important qualification for all pupils therefore we offer 3 different courses to suit individual pupil needs and abilities.

CCEA GCSE Digital Technology

Through studying GCSE Digital Technology, students become more independent users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use. They have opportunities to apply creative and technical skills and develop their knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts. During practical lessons pupils develop their own ICT-based solutions using web design and database software to solve problems.

CCEA Occupational Studies

This is a practical course during which pupils must complete 2 units of study. This is a fun course and pupils enjoy seeing their final products

As well as practical skills, students will develop important skills for the world of work such as planning and organisation of work, problem solving and presentation, identifying users’ needs, producing solutions and evaluating what has been developed.    

IT USERS

IT USERS is a BTEC course which is practical in nature.  Pupils complete 4 practical assignments outlined below.  All components must be fully completed in order to pass the course.  This qualification is equivalent to a B at GCSE level.

Content

 

Assessment

 

Using ICT to Improve Productivity Pupils use tools in Microsoft Word to help develop materials for a business.
Desk Top Publishing

Pupils plan and create 4 publications to promote a band.

Web Development Pupils plan and develop a 6 paged website
Presentation Software Pupils plan and develop a six slide presentation complete with animation, video and sound.

 

KS5

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Information Technology

The ICT department develop excellent relationships with our sixth year students and each year the results produced in this course are fantastic. The specification encourages candidates to develop broad skills and knowledge and understanding of the ICT sector.

Due to our excellent results in this course (100% A* to C in 2019), each year many of our students go on to third level education.  Many go into a computing related course and others use it to get onto courses in different fields.  For those students wishing to go straight into employment this is an excellent qualification to have.

Students study four units over the 2 years:

Unit Content Assessment
Unit 1 Information Technology Systems

 

External assessment

Written exam (2hrs)

Unit 2 Creating Systems to Manage Information

 

External assessment

Completed on computer using Microsoft Access

(5hrs completed over 2 days)

 

Unit 3  

Using Social Media in Business.

 

Internal Assessment
Unit 6  

Website Development

 

Internal Assessment

 

Links to Relevant Careers 

CAREERS A _ Z   – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/career-z-list

TEN TYPICAL JOBS GRADUATES CAN DO IN IT –  https://targetjobs.co.uk/career-sectors/it-and-technology/286189-ten-typical-jobs-graduates-can-do-in-it

IT JOBS: CAREER OPTIONS – https://www.thebalancecareers.com/list-of-information-technology-it-job-titles-2061498

WHY STUDY IT – https://successatschool.org/advicedetails/387/careers-in-ict

 

Please feel free to contact the department via email should you have any questions about the ICT Department or any of the courses which we offer.

 

The results are in for ICT

The results are in for our BTEC A Level IT Unit 2, this was a 10 hour database exam and our students have performed brilliantly. The ICT department are so proud of their students! We are looking forward to lots of A’s next summer and will continue to have fun while we get there. Well done to the ICT students and teachers.

 

 

Year 13 Digital Industry Masterclass

Our fabulous Year 13 ICT students attended a Young Enterprise Digital Industry Masterclass. They listened to local digital entrepreneurs, worked in groups to come up with an idea for an app and developed a business plan. Then they had to do a Dragon’s Den presentation to pitch their idea. One of our teams managed to make it the final with an idea called “Major solutions for Minor problems” and had to present to all the schools – unfortunately they didn’t win. Congratulations to one of our other groups who won “Best Group Presentation” and Carolyn Lunney who won “Best Individual Presentation”. Our pupils were brilliant ambassadors for the school and represented what is great about Glengormley High.

 

Rapid 7 Cyber Security Workshop

Pupils from a range of our GCSE IT courses took part in an experimental Interactive Cyber Security event today. This was delivered by several staff members from Rapid 7 Cyber Security as part of ‘Rapid7 Gives Back’ day. Our pupils had great fun solving cyber-crime puzzles! #aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

 

Year 10 Pupils Attend Bring IT on event

Year 10 pupils attended a Bring It On event where they met employers from a range of IT industry backgrounds. Hosted by Barra Best, the event enabled pupils to get some key advice on developing a career in the IT industry and the skills and qualifications required.

Our pupils enjoyed some practical IT learning experiences in programming robots and working with 3D animation. As you can see from the pictures the pupils had a fantastic time and gained some valuable advice in planning their future in IT.

#aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits

Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018 is  being celebrated globally today on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.  Glengormley High has been connecting with SID2018 by using a Word Wall to describe their online safety awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizenship Classes have been completing the SID2018 quiz and other classes are trying the 7 Day Social Media Detox.

Year 13 IT Summer Job Placement opportunity

In Year 13 studying IT and consider a career in this rapidly expanding sector?  The Sentinus IT Bursary Placement Programme is an annual programme which provides students with a great opportunity to work alongside IT professionals in real IT work environments for 4 weeks over the Summer holiday period.

There are 20 placements available this Summer and students will have the opportunity to work on IT projects in their area of interest, not simply work shadowing.

For more details have a look at this IT Bursary Flyer or speak to Mrs McKee

 

 

Year 8 Discover Robotics

On Friday the 1st of December our Year 8 had the opportunity to take part in the IT Discover Robotics workshop delivered by Sentinus. The Year 8 pupils had great fun programming their robotic cars. Many thanks to Pat Jamison from Sentinus for such an enyoyable day.

 

At school we are just about to launch our own Lego Mindstorms Robotics Club – The GHS Roboteers – so if you are in Year 8 come along on Wednesday after school to 1F for more information.