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Information and Communication Technology AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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Overview: A/AS Level ICT provides a broad introduction to technical applications of ICT, following the AQA Syllabus.  Its focus is on the fine details of how to use particular software packages to answer real world problems. You will consider how society and business utilise ICT and to what benefit.Why study ICT? As with any A Level the most probable reason is that you are interested in it. Many students realise that a formal qualification in this subject will be of value regardless of future study plans. ICT attracts students from a range of academic backgrounds. Some take it is as their first choice subject, whereas others undertake ICT to compliment their other subjects. The study of ICT provides an insight into the significance and relevance of computers, applications and communications in the work environment and everyday life. ICT is used in areas as diverse as manufacturing, education and medicine and ICT skills are valued in virtually all areas of business and society What does the study of ICT involve? We offer the AQA Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level ICT. The AS Level consists of three compulsory modules: Unit 1 (Information: Nature, Role and Context), Unit 2 (Information: Management and Manipulation) and Unit 3 (The Use of Generic Application Software for Task Solution). The A Level will consist of the AS Level plus the following additional modules: Unit 4 (Information Systems within Organisations), Unit 5 (Information: Policy, Strategy and Systems) and Unit 6 (Use of Information Systems for Problem Solving). Students are given the opportunity to learn advanced features of Databases, Spreadsheets and Word Processing Software. The course is presented with a practical bias, although there is a significant theory element. The theory will be the main part of the course covered in the examinations. The project work requires high skills in problem solving and the ability to accurately analyse situations as you will design and implement a small-scale spreadsheet system for a real end-user. Working independently, you will find your own end-user, discuss their requirements, identify problems with the current system, and design a new system to the specified requirements

Entry requirements

The general qualifications for entry to an A Level programme.  Whilst it is desirable, it is not essential, to have studied ICT at GCSE.A logical mind is essential, and high grades in Mathematics and English are recommended before embarking on this course.  You must be well motivated, capable of undirected study, and be prepared to spend a substantial amount of extra time in the computer rooms.

Assessment

ICT is assessed through examinations and coursework.  During Year 12, Units 1 and 2 are assessed by externally assessed examinations.  Unit 3 is assessed internally by a substantial report based on practical coursework. During Year 13, Units 4 and 5 are assessed by externally assessed examinations.  Unit 6 is an assessed portfolio based on an extended practical project in which a software solution is created for a real end-user. Overall the coursework element of the course is worth 40% towards the final mark.

Future opportunities

The A Level provides a firm foundation for a wide range of degree level courses. Many universities now offer higher ICT-related courses in response to student and Industrial demand.The advanced skills you will develop will also be valuable in gaining many types of employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wrenn Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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