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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry

Digital Technology

The management and staff in St Joseph’s College recognise the unique contribution that Digital Technologies and ICT make to learning and teaching. It is our aim to ensure that our students should be able to use digital and online technologies appropriately, effectively and creatively to acquire knowledge, to practice skills and to develop competencies;

  • as individuals, as contributors to society, as contributors to the economy and as lifelong learners

In addition, we acknowledge the concepts behind the three broad tiers of digital skills and aim to apply them to ensure that learners attending St Joseph’s College become:

  • Digital Citizens, with the skills that will enable them to take part in digital aspects of society, safely and without hindrance;
  • Digital Workers, who are able to apply their digital skills to further their learning or in a work-related setting; and
  • Digital Makers, who are starting to build their own technology.


In respect of this we offer a comprehensive Computer Science programme across Key Stage 3 which addresses all areas from creating scenes in Augmented Reality to using spreadsheets in the Business world.



We deliver CCEA GCSE Digital Technology Route A (Multimedia).

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.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Cross-Curricular Skills in KS3

This specification is unitised, so we take Unit 1 in Year 11.

The specification has three units for Multimedia:

  • Unit 1: Digital Technology
  • Unit 2: Digital Authoring Concepts
  • Unit 3: Digital Authoring Practice