Year 8

AP1- Presentation Skills- My Hometown (Oracy literacy task 2019)

AP2- Desktop Publishing- Promoting an event

AP3-Programming Skills- Scratch Game

AP4- Movie Maker- E-Safety Infomercial

AP5- Spreadsheets/ End of year test preparation.


Year 9

AP1-Movie Maker-Careers in ICT

AP2- Web Design- E-Safety (Oracy literacy task 2019)

AP3- Programming

AP4- Databases

AP5- End of year test preparation (To include year 8 content also)


Year 10

Current Year 10 students are following year 9 Curriculum as missed out on year 8. 2020 year 10 cohort to follow slimmed down version of GCSE Digital Technology


Throughout KS3 all students are encouraged to complete the Duke of York certificate through homework/ after school sessions.



Digital Technology

The GCSE in Digital Technology is unique in the UK. Students choose either Route A: Multimedia or Route B: Programming; based on this, the qualification they achieve is either GCSE Digital Technology (Multimedia) or GCSE Digital Technology (Programming).

Students acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of digital technology in a variety of contexts. They also develop creative and practical digital technology skills, either using a range of generic software or in an object-oriented environment. They explore the legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental impact of digital technology. This qualification also helps them to develop transferable skills such as creative problem solving and teamwork.

With this qualification, students may choose to progress to our GCE Digital Technology, GCE Software Systems Development or a related qualification. This GCSE also helps to equip students for a career in a multitude of industries, such as digital media, mobile development, cyber security, cloud computing and managing big data.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

The GCSE in Digital Technology is unitised, so it is possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has five units:

  • Unit 1: Digital Technology

  • Unit 2: Digital Authoring Concepts

  • Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice

  • Unit 4: Digital Development Concepts

  • Unit 5: Digital Development Practice.


BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative Technology

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative

Technology has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may

wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.

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. electronic publishing or multimedia production

● allow for a flexible choice of units to meet the needs of learners with different

interests and inclinations by using different pathways

● give learners a more focused understanding of Information and Creative

Technology through the selection of optional specialist units

● explore the fundamentals of technology and gain the practical skills, knowledge

and understanding to design, make and review:

o information technology systems and products, e.g. a relational database

o creative technology products, e.g. a digital animation

o products that combine information technology and creative technology,

e.g. a website

● encourage personal development, motivation and confidence, through practical

participation and by giving learners responsibility for their own projects

● encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and

team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units

available in the qualification structure

● give opportunities for learners to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 qualification in Information and Creative Technology

● support progression into a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship

● give learners the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of job roles across the Information Technology sector and some aspects of thecreative industries, such as Software Engineer, Website Content Manager,

Computer Animator and Graphic Designer.

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Information and Creative

Technology has one externally assessed mandatory unit Unit 1: The Online World

and a further mandatory unit: Unit 3: A Digital Portfolio, which is internally assessed.

Overview of Subject:

Digital technology incorporates aspects of computer science and information technology. It explores how we can use technology to create, store, process, analyse and present information in a digital context. This includes computer architecture, networks, web technology, digital media, programming tools and software applications.

The 2015 report Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future, from the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills, refers to these categories:

  • Digital citizens (37% of the total UK workforce) have the ability to use digital technology purposefully and confidently to communicate, find information and purchase goods and services.

  • Digital workers (46% of the workforce) are working at the higher end of digital skills, with the ability to evaluate, configure and use complex digital systems. These tasks often require programming skills such as scripting.

  • Digital makers (10% of the workforce) need skills sufficient to build digital technology, typically software development.

Why choose this subject?

Are you interested in Computers and interested to find out more about how they work?

Would you like to develop the ability to create computer programs?

Would you like to gain skills in one of the biggest growth industries in Northern Ireland between 2016-2016?


Put subject in context to the working environment

There are four units in total:

Unit AS 1: Approaches to System Development

This unit explores approaches to the development of complex digital technology systems, the key stages in the process and the outputs produced. The other three units build on this one.


Unit AS 2: Fundamentals of Digital Technology

In this unit students develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of any digital technology system, such as data representation, computer architecture, software and the user interface. This also provides a foundation for progression to A2.

Unit A2 1: Information Systems

This unit leads on from AS 2 and provides knowledge and understanding of concepts such as computer networks, databases, mobile technologies, cloud computing, legislation, and moral and ethical issues.

Unit A2 2: Application Development (Case Study)

This unit allows students to apply their skills, knowledge and understanding to develop an application that solves a problem for a specified client. This unit can be taught alongside Unit A2 1: Information Systems, allowing students to work over an extended period.


Prior skills required for the subject

At least a grade C in GCSE Digital Technology, English and Maths.


Leaver Destinations

This course leads towards Degrees/Apprenticeships in ICT/ Computer Science.


Employability of people in certain career areas Computer Science/ICT has been identified as one of the main growth sectors in Northern Ireland over the next ten years. It is also recognised as one of the biggest skill shortages over the same period.