Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies is a new option subject that combines the elements of Computer Studies and Information Management.

A broad, dynamic and engaging curriculum is delivered to students, set to give them the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to access future employment in our ever changing world.

Why Choose Digital Technologies?

ICT systems drive many of the labour markets and industries we see in the world today. A good level of ICT literacy is becoming an essential pre-requisite for many jobs and careers.

Digital Technologies is one of those great subjects that lets you maximise your own strengths. If you turn out to have a really technical interest in ICT, you could work for a bank or corporation helping to design systems which transfer information from a database to a terminal.

But if you’re more interested in the user interface, you could work in advertising or for a handset manufacturer. Information is everywhere, so investing in ICT skills is a sound career move for the future.

Year 9 

Digital Technologies is run as one of the options within the Technology Faculty in Year 9. All students will complete the Digital Technologies course which runs for one semester.

The course aims to give students a broad experience of ICT and includes an initial unit on E-Safety where students address Health and Safety issues as well as keeping safe online. The moral, social and ethical dynamics of social networking are also considered.

Students develop a broad range of ICT skills so that they can effectively design, create and evaluate digital media outcomes. They develop their skills using cloud based applications through the use of GoogleApps, important skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas at all levels.

They are introduced to programming via a unit on coding web pages using HTML5/CSS as well as a more practical application of coding using PICAxe microprocessors combined with simple electronic circuits. 

Years 11, 12 and 13

At Level 2 the course has been designed to give students the opportunity to learn skills that are needed to participate fully in a digital society. The course is a mixture of internally and externally assessed achievement standards. 

At Level 3 students are expected to be work at a much higher level, developing more advanced skills, knowledge and understanding. The Level 3 course is a direct progression of the Level 2 course.

Both courses aim to give students a broad knowledge base and practical experience in Information Systems, Networking, Creating Digital Media Outcomes (Web Design/Coding) and Relational Databases. 

The senior courses are not all all practical work - there are quite a few theoretical concepts covered too. The course is assessed through the production of written reports (a good level of literacy is important) to demonstrate understanding of theory work and through the submission of practical projects to assess their practical skills.

A combination of internal and external achievement standards are offered.

Through engagement in Digital Technologies we aim for students to:

  • Develop strong levels of ICT literacy
  • Acquire key knowledge and skills preparing them for the workplace
  • Develop a passion for technology
  • Undertake meaningful practical work
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Develop quality outcomes
  • Manage time effectively
  • Respect codes of practice
  • Analyse and evaluate own and others' practice
  • Develop critical/creative thinking and problem solving skills
  • Be able to work independently and as a member of a group
  • Work within a safe environment