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ICT A Level at The Sandon School

Course description

In today's world, where ICT is constantly changing, individuals will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy. The impact of ICT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. As well as the rapid development of new technologies that gather, organise and share information, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information, causing a convergence of technologies. GCE ICT encourages you to become a discerning user of ICT. It allows you to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. This could form a basis for progression into further learning, including progression from AS to A2, onward towards a university degree and/or employment. The course covers a wide range of practical skills that employers are increasingly requesting when recruiting staff. You will leave this course with database and spreadsheet skills that will place you in a strong position to progress to degree level study and/ or gain employment in the IT industry.

Course content

Information, Systems and Applications
- Information systems
- Software and hardware
- Standard application
- Spreadsheet concepts
- Database concepts
- Applications software
- The role and impact of ICT

Structured ICT Tasks
- Controlled assessment (without time constraint) covering a database task, spreadsheet task and either a presentation or web design task.

Systems, Applications and Implications
- Systems life cycle
- Computer based information system
- Networks
- Applications of IT
- Implementing systems
- Implications of IT use

ICT Project
- A large project investigated, planned and delivered by each student individually. This is typically a database project. Each student identifies an end user and produces the solution for that user using the skills gained over the two year course.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a grade C in ICT GCSE.

Future opportunities

ICT Degrees, Multimedia Degrees, Software design /database design courses. CISCO Microsoft certified courses. Careers in software design, database management and IT support

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sandon School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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