Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

Information Communication Technology


The new Computing curriculum consists of three strands; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and ICT. Whilst these strands form part of the same subject, they are in fact very different (in the same way that Science comprises of Physics, Biology and Chemistry).

ICT is developed throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Students are taught in one of the four specialist multi-media suites giving access to PCs, scanners, projection facilities, digital cameras and laser printers.

Information Communication Technology

Coverage of the curriculum is divided into two different subjects; Computer Science and Creative Technology. This assists our pupils when choosing options as they are able to clearly identify whether the projects they have enjoyed/excelled in would be further developed in GCSE Computing or GCSE ICT. The Creative Technology lessons provide the basic grounding for the GCSE ICT.

Year 7 & 8

Pupils undertake a range of mini projects to demonstrate their ability to use technology effectively and safely to communicate given messages to a specified audience. Projects include sound recording, video editing, animation and website design. Pupils are encouraged to research, plan, design, create, evaluate and refine their work.

Year 9

Pupils discuss a range of communication media and analyse the effectiveness of its use. In this project pupils further develop their technical skills by creating a range of marketing materials for a given organisation. Pupils use graphics software to design a brand identity, develop an interactive website, create animated web banners, use DTP software to produce print based marketing materials such as brochures and mail merged direct mail , and finally showcase their work using technology to pitch their ideas.

GCSE Information Communication Technology

GCSE ICT is an optional subject which is a continuation of Key Stage 3 Computing. This subject combines theory (e-safety and the study of modern technologies, how they work and how they impact modern society) and practical skills (designing, creating and testing digital publications and models).

We provide a hands on approach to ICT. Our pupils will learn practical skills which could be transferred into the workplace. Even if pupils don't want a career in ICT, the chances are that they will make use of the knowledge and skills acquired whatever their chosen profession!

Course Components

UNIT 1: Living in a Digital World

In this theory unit, you explore how new technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. You will learn about current and emerging digital technologies and their impact in education, leisure, commerce and communication. You develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice.

Assessment: 90 minute written theory paper. 40% weighting of final grade.

UNIT 2: Using Digital Tools

This is a practical unit. You will broaden and enhance your ICT skills using a range of hardware and software. In the Controlled Assessment you will be given a scenario for which you are required to produce a range of IT based solutions e.g. design a website, develop a spreadsheet model, produce a promotional video, design and develop a database. Please note that both the scenario and tasks change. The list provided includes recent examples but is subject to change each year. You will learn to reflect critically on your own use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice. You will put into practice what you learned about digital technology in Unit 1.

Assessment: 40 hour Controlled Assessment (divided into 4 tasks). 60% weighting of final grade.


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • Controlled Assessment Catch Up (weekly sessions after school)
  • Delivery of CAGIT workshops to primary pupils (every summer term)
  • ICT Drop in (lunch and after school each day)
  • Independent study - all resources are available on the schools VLE


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    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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