Computers are changing the ways in which we learn, communicate, enjoy leisure time and live our lives. Today’s citizens need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to participate in an Information rich society.
The ICT Department is a thriving department and plays a big part in the lives of all students in Lagan College.
At Key Stage 3, all students enjoy regular ICT classes which enable them to develop their skills. We introduce the latest concepts including multimedia presentations, web design, animation, flash, programming and gaming. At the end of Key Stage 3, students are formally assessed in their ICT ability across the curriculum through the CCEA Accreditation Scheme.
Students can choose to study GCSE ICT. This has always proven to be a very popular choice and the results are excellent each year. This course is very practical, requiring a wide range of ICT skills and commitment. The hard work of our students is reflected in the high standard of work and grades achieved annually.
At A Level, our students benefit from the option of two choices. We offer an A-level in Applied ICT which focuses on ICT usage in the real world. This course includes designing and creating interactive multimedia products, websites and much more. We also offer an A Level in Computing which teaches our students how computers actually work and more specifically how to write the programs that they need in order to function. The IT industry is a vital sector in the Northern Ireland economy and is set to grow significantly in the coming years with the creation of many new, highly skilled and well-paid jobs. Both of the options that we offer at A Level provide students with the necessary skills to enable them to fill these jobs and/or move into higher education. Our extensive ICT resources are made available through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is accessible from home as well as from school.
ICT is cross curricular and so students are encouraged to use ICT in a variety of ways through all the departments within the school. We have ten computer suites with the latest computer systems and software to facilitate the department.