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Digital Skills Curriculum for Secondary Schools

Our curriculum supports the development of critical digital skills such as coding and robotics, preparing students for the future and fostering their growth as engaged, global digital citizens.

  • From 1st to 6th Year
  • Teacher guides & lesson plans
  • Aligned with the Junior & Senior Cycle Curriculum

Trusted by Hundreds of Irish Schools

Castle Park School

Castle Park School

Dublin

St Saviour's N.S.

St Saviour's N.S.

Wicklow

The High School

The High School

Dublin

Central Model Senior School

Central Model Senior School

Dublin

St Patricks NS

St Patricks NS

Dublin

Oatlands College

Oatlands College

Dublin

Naas CBS

Naas CBS

Kildare

Carndonagh Boys N S

Carndonagh Boys N S

Donegal

Blackrock Educate Together Secondary School

Blackrock Educate Together Secondary School

Dublin

Lower Glanmire NS

Lower Glanmire NS

Cork

St Marys College

St Marys College

Dublin

St. Geralds College

St. Geralds College

Mayo

Sandylane National School

Sandylane National School

Laois

Gaelscoil Durlas

Gaelscoil Durlas

Tipperary

Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha

Gaelscoil Mhic Aodha

Kildare

Presentation College Athenry

Presentation College Athenry

Galway

St Clare's College

St Clare's College

Cavan

Marist College

Marist College

Westmeath

Coláiste Iognáid S.J.

Coláiste Iognáid S.J.

Galway

Coláiste an Chreagáin

Coláiste an Chreagáin

Galway

Douglas Community School

Douglas Community School

Cork

St Josephs N S

St Josephs N S

Louth

Salesian College

Salesian College

Kildare

St Joseph's NS Cree

St Joseph's NS Cree

Clare

Willow Park School

Willow Park School

Dublin

Deansrath Community College

Deansrath Community College

Dublin

Kylemore College

Kylemore College

Dublin

Scoil Mhuire gan Smal

Scoil Mhuire gan Smal

Cork

St. Mary's Ballina

St. Mary's Ballina

Mayo

Scoil Thomais

Scoil Thomais

Dublin

Four Key Elements for Science, Technology and Engineering Education

Exploring & understanding

Collaboration, Curiosity, Discovery

Creative & critical thinking

Play, Innovation, Risk-taking

Problem-Solving & applying

Collaboration, Creativity, Resilience

Evaluating & communicating

Analysis, Communication, Feedback

Digital Skills Curriculum

2024/25 Edition

€12 per student, includes student access & teacher resources.

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1st Year

Introduction Module

Introduction to Scratch Programming

Introduction to Scratch Programming

Introduction to Programming

Module 1

Crafting Projects with Scratch

Crafting Projects with Scratch

Developing Interactive Projects

Module 2

Exploring AI with Scratch

Exploring AI with Scratch

Foundations in AI Concepts

Module 3

Microbit and Electronics Basics

Microbit and Electronics Basics

Introduction to Electronics

2nd Year

Introduction Module

 Introduction to Microbit Programming

Introduction to Microbit Programming

Basic Programming Skills

Module 1

Advanced Coding with Microbits

Advanced Coding with Microbits

Advanced Programming Techniques

Module 2

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Introduction to HTML and CSS

Building Web Pages

Module 3

Driving Innovation with Microbits and Cars

Driving Innovation with Microbits and Cars

Applying Coding to Hardware

3rd Year

Introduction Module

 Introduction to Microbit Programming

Introduction to Microbit Programming

Basic Programming Skills

Module 1

Coding with JavaScript

Coding with JavaScript

Scripting for Web Applications

Module 2

Dynamic Web Design with HTML, CSS & JS

Dynamic Web Design with HTML, CSS & JS

Designing Dynamic Websites

Module 3

IoT Projects with Microbits

IoT Projects with Microbits

Exploring the Internet of Things

Transition Year

Module 1

Introduction to Coding Concepts

Introduction to Coding Concepts

Foundations in Coding

Module 2

Game Design Essentials

Game Design Essentials

Game Development

Module 3

Fundamentals of Robotics

Fundamentals of Robotics

Robotics and Engineering

Module 4

Exploring Digital Art and Design

Exploring Digital Art and Design

Digital Creativity

Module 5

Advanced Python Programming

Advanced Python Programming

Advanced Programming Skills

5th Year

Module 1

Principles of Computational Thinking

Computational Thinking

Module 2

System Design & Programming Fundamentals

Programming and System Design

Module 3

Managing Data and Information

Data and Information Management

Module 4

Exploring the Impact of Computer Science

Computer Science Impact Exploration

6th Year

Module 1

Advanced Programming and Algorithms

Advanced Programming Techniques

Module 2

Designing User Interfaces and Experiences

Interaction Design

Module 3

Networks and Cybersecurity Essentials

Networking and Cybersecurity

Module 4

Ethics in Computer Science

Ethics and Responsible Computing

Frequently Asked Questions

Students can use any of the following devices to access and use the Digital Skills Curriculum:

  • Laptops
  • Chromebooks
  • PCs
  • iPads
  • Android Tablets

No you don't need to install any software. Students view the modules and lessons of the curriculum using a web browser.

The Digital Skills Curriculum costs the following per student for a full school year:

  • Primary School Students €9
  • Secondary School Junior Cycle Students €12
  • Secondary School Senior Cycle Students €15

Yes, not every school has one device per student and in those cases students can work in groups (ideally in a group of 2 or 3 students) and use one device between them.

Some of our digital skills curriculum modules require additional equipment to enhance the learning experience. These modules are designed to engage students with hands-on activities that complement the digital skills being taught. If your school does not have the necessary equipment, we can provide it for an additional cost. Please contact us for a detailed list of required equipment and associated pricing to ensure your students have everything they need for a comprehensive learning experience.

No prior coding experience is required to use the Digital Skills Curriculum. It's designed to be accessible and engaging for beginners and advanced learners alike.

At the beginning of grade there's an optional introduction module that's for beginner students. This introduces them to coding & digital skills and ramps them up so they can continue with the main modules of that grade.

No you don't need to do all the modules.

Schools can decide how much they want to do. Some schools might just do one module in the school year whilst others have more regular digital skills classes and do all three modules.

This is common in many schools and our curriculum and platform is designed to  also work for split classes.

There are a couple of options on how you can use it depending on what might work best for your class.

  1. All students do the same modules - for example if you teach a 4th and 5th class, then your students might all do the 4th class modules.
  2. Students do different modules - for example if you teach a 3rd to 6th class, then you might get the 3rd & 4th students to do the 3rd class modules and the 5th & 6th students to do the 5th class modules.

Also if some students are excelling and get through the modules quickly, they can always move onto the next years module if necessary.

Yes, the Digital Skills Curriculum is covered by the government school book scheme. This scheme, which has been expanded to include all Junior Cycle and primary school students, ensures that schoolbooks and core classroom resources are provided free of charge

How Our Digital Skills Curriculum Makes a Difference in the Classroom

"Using the 123 Code Digital Skills Curriculum has been a game-changer for my classroom. It makes coding fun and accessible for all students, and the progress tracking tools help me identify and address learning gaps quickly. Thanks to 123 Code, my students are not just learning to code - they're becoming confident problem-solvers and critical thinkers."

Dave McPhillips

Teacher, Castle Park School

"Integrating the 123 Code Digital Skills Curriculum at Oatlands College has transformed the way my students learn. They genuinely enjoy the engaging content, and it has significantly simplified my life as a teacher. The platform's format and level are perfectly tailored to their needs, and I'm excited about the fantastic topics prepared for the future. With this platform, I no longer have to spend my summers worrying about lesson planning. It's been an incredible experience for both my students and me!""

Fiona Sharkey

Teacher, Oatlands College

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