Information & Communications Technology

ICT is a very popular and successful subject area within Glengormley High School.  As a core subject, we want to inspire all students to learn more about ICT.  At all Key Stages we learn about Graphics, Video Editing, Animation, Website Design, Programming, Database Design, Spreadsheets, Multimedia Presentation, Desk Top Publishing, Flash Animation, 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.    



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 differentiated learning opportunities for all students.  All pupils work through a series of units which aim to build and develop upon their existing ICT capabilities. 



All pupils complete the CCEA GCSE Digital Technology qualification.  Through studying our GCSE in Digital Technology, students become more independent and discerning users of ICT who can make informed decisions about its use. They have opportunities to acquire and apply creative and technical skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts. They also develop their understanding of new technologies and their impact on society. They take a practical approach, developing and evaluating ICT-based solutions of their own to solve problems. At the same time, they focus on ensuring that their practice is safe, secure and responsible. 


BTEC First Award in Information and Creative Technology

This course has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route into ICT

It has been developed to:

  • inspire and enthuse learners to become technology savvy – producers of technology products and systems and not just consumers
  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the Information Technology sector and some aspects of the creative industries e.g. computer games development
  • explore the fundamentals of technology and gain the practical skills, knowledge

and understanding to design, make and review:

  • information technology systems and products, e.g. a software program
  • creative technology products, e.g. a digital animation
  • products that combine information technology and creative technology,
  • e.g. a website or a mobile app
  • encourage personal development, motivation and confidence, through practical participation and by giving learners responsibility for their own projects


AS and A2 in Applied ICT

AS and A2 students will complete the CCEA Applied ICT qualification.  The specification in Applied ICT encourages 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
  • 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;
  • develop project management skills and an understanding of the need to work with
  • others.
  • provide opportunities for candidates to develop sufficient depth of understanding to inform their choices regarding further education, training and employment.

Due to our excellent results in Applied ICT, each year many of our students go on to third level education in a computing related course.


Teaching Staff

Mrs. J A Stewart

Head of ICT

Mrs L Handley

ICT Teacher

Mrs T Moore

ICT Teacher

Mr B Guiney

ICT Teacher, Numeracy Coordinator, E learning coordinator

Mrs P McKee

ICT Teacher / Head of Careers

Mr E Mackie

ICT Teacher/E learning coordinator

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 staff within the ICT department have the dedication and skills to ensure all pupils who study with us achieve their maximum potential at all times.

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.