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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown



KS3 Overview

The key focus of KS3 ICT is the acquisition, development and consolidation of a range of practical ICT skills developed in suitable subject contexts using a range of appropriate software packages.  Pupils are encouraged to understand that ICT work is regarded as “work in progress” which can be improved continually and to demonstrate curiosity, taking a personal interest in the latest ICT technologies.

Building on the skills acquired in Primary school, pupils engage in a wide range of interesting and demanding ICT activities that allow pupils to demonstrate a high level of ICT skills in a range of cross-curricular contexts.  During KS3, pupils are encouraged to demonstrate increasing independence, engage in self and peer assessment and are encouraged to reflect critically on their work. The goal is to encourage pupils to become independent lifelong learners, curious about and capable of learning about, with and through digital technology anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

KS4 Overview

This course aims to help equip pupils with the knowledge and skills required in a diverse range of employment roles. It reflects the way in which market environments are changing because of ICT, for example the rise of the e-business. The proposed components that make up the GCSE are as follows:





Unit 1: Use of ICT

External Computer-Based Exam

This 2 hour exam tests students’ ICT skills in a business context



Unit 2: The Business Environment

External Written Exam

This paper lasts one hour.



Unit 3: E-commerce

Controlled Assessment

Students research, design and develop a website and associated documents for a business, based on a case study.




20th Jun 2018
We are delighted to receive the “Highly Commended” award for ICT for...
8th Jun 2018
St. John the Baptist’s College is pleased to announce that we have been awarded...
16th Nov 2017
This week we held a special assembly to celebrate pupil's success in all subject...
15th Sep 2017
A reminder to all pupils that the ICT suite is available after school everyday to...