The computing / ICT Department has a two fold responsibility. As well as teaching ICT and Computing, it runs the school wide network, which presently consists of several servers, (both PC and Apple) and around 200 workstations. There are three dedicated computer classrooms, three mobile Laptop trolleys, and a number of smaller suites spread through the other school departments and individual stations. All our pupils have access to a wide variety of both general purpose and subject specific software. The ICT Department helps to deliver the cross curricular ICT components which are now built into each subject area.

At Christian Brothers' we realise the ever increasing need to provide the best training necessary to all pupils and have currently some of the most up-to-date computer equipment and peripherals available. Up to date broadband internet connection ensures that our pupils have fast and reliable access to the World Wide Web. This service is filtered by C2K and is constantly being updated to ensure safe web surfing. ICT equipment includes:


• Black & White Laser Printers (these are situated throughout each networked suite / room)
• Colour Laser Printers (each computer suite has a dedicated colour laser printer)
Scanners (Scanners are available for scanning photographs and OCR (optical character recognition))
• Digital Cameras (Digital cameras are available for use in coursework etc)
• Interactive Whiteboards (At present several Departments have interactive whiteboards)
• Digital Video Camera (Digital Video cameras are available for Media Studies, Drama, Clubs etc)


• Microsoft Office 2003 (Core application consisting of: Word; Excel; Access; Publisher; Front Page Powerpoint)
• Adobe Photoshop 7 (Image manipulation Package)
• ILS (Integrated Learning System) This is a specialised learning package used for those pupils that have been identified by various departments for special tuition.

An Introduction to the computer system; word processing; spreadsheets; use of MS Encarta as a tool for research with homework, coursework etc. In addition students will be shown how to properly use of the internet as a research tool. From here pupils progress to use the presentation package, MS Powerpoint; the database package MS Access and how to create graphs from spreadsheets with MS Excel.. By Year 10 now, pupils will have become more proficient with the MS Office package, and will advance on to develop their desktop publishing skills with MS Publisher. Pupils will now be introduced to the use of digital photography; move on to advanced features of the Microsoft Office software

The GCSE (Double Award) ICT should enable students to develop a broad range of ICT skills and knowledge of the uses of ICT in real life contexts, and provide the basis for progression into employment or further learning ICT–related fields.



equivalent to 2 GCSEs grades A*-C
Guide to BTEC

The BTEC First Certificate for ICT Practitioners has been designed to equip you with the underpinning
understanding, skills and knowledge needed as a preparation for either entering employment or moving
on to further studies, a potential stepping stone towards entering employment in positions such as IT technical sales specialist, DTP operator or computer service technician.

equivalent to A Level
Parents Guide
The telecommunications and IT sector, with its array of existing and constantly evolving technologies, presents a stimulating and challenging working environment. The industry offers a wide range of career opportunities, including networking, software development, project management, programming and telematics. Students completing Edexcel’s BTEC Level 3 National Award, Certificates and Diplomas for IT Practitioners can progress to a university degree or Foundation Degree, to BTEC HNCs and HNDs, or to employment.

Please Read and sign this form . Acceptable Use Policy Computers & other Mobile Devices.

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Key Stage 4 BTEC Assignment Calendar
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The Internet and WWW
Connecting to the Internet


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