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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.  The bad news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do."

Ted Nelson (inventor of hypertext)


 

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do.  The bad news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do."

Ted Nelson (inventor of hypertext)

 


 

Teaching Staff

Mr R Gabe

 


 The ICT department at Ballycastle High aims to equip pupils with the fundamental computer skills required in modern society and employment.

The KS3 curriculum is designed to provide pupils with an overview of both ICT and computing, leaving pupils well placed to study either Computer Science or Digital Technology at GCSE should they choose to. With respect to post-16 options, Level 3 OCR Technicals in ICT is a popular choice.

 


 Extra-curricular

The ICT department is also active in extra-curricular competitions including CyberCenturion and CyberFirst.

Coding Club meets on a weekly basis, with this year’s focus being web development. The current Coding Club project can be found at https://bhsopennight.org.uk.

 


"Any sufficiently designed technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Arthur C. Clarke


 Key Stage 3

Pupils study a number of topics that encompass a wide range of ICT and Computer Science disciplines, ranging from multimedia editing to programming using high level languages. As part of the KS3 curriculum, pupils are also able to develop transferrable skills valued by employers, such as creativity, analysis and problem solving.

 

KS3 topics:

  • Microsoft Office suite
  • Adobe Photoshop (graphical image editing)
  • Scratch (visual programming)
  • Computer Hardware
  • GameMaker (visual programming)
  • Python v3 (high level programming)
  • Cybersecurity
  • HTML and Web Development
  • Careers in ICT and Computing

 


 GCSE

In Years 11 and 12, pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE Computer Science (AQA) or GCSE Digital Technology (CCEA).

The GCSE Computer Science course contains a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical computational thinking & problem solving activities.

 

GCSE topics include:

  • Algorithms
  • Programming (Python)
  • Representing data
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Computer networks
  • Cybersecurity
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts
  • Software development and testing

 


 Post-16

In Years 13 and 14, pupils are able to study OCR Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma in ICT, a Level 3 qualification that is equivalent to 1 A Level.

 

OCR Technicals units:

  • Information Systems
  • Developing Games
  • Employability Skills for IT
  • Website Production
  • Digital Graphics
  • eCommerce

 

Contact

Ballycastle High School
33 Rathlin Rd
Ballycastle
BT54 6LD

 

P: (028) 2076 2254

 

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