ICT Department

We are living in a constantly evolving digital world. ICT has an impact on nearly every aspect of all our lives – from work, leisure and socialising to exploring, researching and playing.  

We are in the digital age and this new age of technology has and will continue to transform the way we communicate with each other, create social and work-based networks, seek assistance, access information and, most importantly, learn.

ICT at SVS is based on teaching society’s current and emerging citizens valuable knowledge and skills that will enable them to use computing and communications devices, to understand the software that operates them, the applications that run on them and how applications are developed.

In today’s world, where ICT is constantly changing, students will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. Such skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy. ICT at SVS encourages students to become discerning users of ICT. It allows them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding that are transferable to other subjects and other applications.

Junior curriculum and Third Form

The principles behind ICT in the Junior curriculum are that of confidence and development of basic skills that can be transferred to other subjects – modelling, graphics, presentations and word processing -taking their skills to the next level.  Embedded throughout the ICT curriculum are e-safety and ICT security – two very important and relevant topics that every pupil needs to understand and know how to apply the principles to their everyday use of ICT.

ICT is not just about the use of applications, it involves an introduction to computational thinking – algorithms, decompositions, abstraction and pattern recognition and how these can be developed through ICT and computing and applied to other subject areas.  Students are taught the basics of programming through a variety of languages and then given the opportunity to further develop their interest through activities and clubs.


Board: CIE

The course encourages students to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. They will develop understanding of the implications of technology in society, including social, economic and ethical uses and awareness of the ways ICT can help in home, learning and work environments. 

The course combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Students will analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.  They will develop an understanding of the use of ICT in a business environment and the case students are business orientated.

Assessment structure:

  • 2 hour examination: 40% of course total;
  • 2 hour 30 minutes practical assessment (Data Analysis and Website Authoring): 30% of course total;
  • 2 hour 30 minutes practical assessment (Document Production, Data Manipulation and Presentations): 30% of course total

A Level (Cambridge Technicals L3)

Board: OCR

At A Level, we offer Cambridge Technicals in ICT. You do not need to have studied ICT subject at GCSE, so all students start from the same position with respect to prior knowledge and understanding.

The qualification is a vocational qualification.  Vocational education is not just about results, it’s about educating people in the knowledge and skills required for employment and for the community as a whole. It’s also about developing the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in education and in work.  We aim to equip all students who complete the course with a high level of skill and understanding, not just about the software but also about the processes of ICT system development and how to apply this to business.

Examined Units

Fundamentals of ICT

A sound understanding of IT technologies and practices is essential for IT professionals. Information learnt in this unit will provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of hardware, networks, software, the ethical use of computers and how business uses IT.

Global Information

The purpose of this unit is to demonstrate the uses of information in the public domain, globally, in the cloud and across the internet, by individuals and organisations.

Cyber Security

This unit has been designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of threats, vulnerabilities and risks that impact on both individuals and organisations. You will learn about the solutions that can be used to prevent or deal with cybersecurity incidents resulting from these challenges. You will be able to apply your knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues and solutions by reviewing and making recommendations for ways to best protect digital systems and information.

Coursework Units

Project Management

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to understand and use various project planning skills and techniques, thereby enabling you to become more effective in the workplace. The key to any project being a success is the planning that takes place. Project management skills are essential transferrable skills that can be used for all IT related projects whether it’s traditional methodologies or more recently adapted agile approaches within the IT development environment. These skills can be adapted and used even on the smallest ‘tasks’ during the planning and implementation stages.

Internet of Everything

This unit is about the use of the internet and how it is impacting people and society. You will learn about the Internet of Everything (IoE) and how it is used. Using your knowledge you will carry out a feasibility study for a potential idea. You will pitch your idea to potential stakeholders and use their feedback to revise your proposal.



Department staff

Mr Glen Millbery has a BA (Hons) in Informatics and Philosophical Studies from the University of Wales, Lampeter.  He is a senior examiner with OCR and CIE and brings experience of ICT in business as well as assessment of ICT to the department.

Mrs Billie Palmer has a diploma in Structured Programming, System Design and Analysis from WS&L Computer College.  

Mr Glen Millbery
Director of ICT

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