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Information Technology A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

This modular course aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to understand the use of ICT in a modern business environment. Typically, you will be taught by two ICT teachers, one who will focus on ICT theory and one who will deliver the practical aspects of the course. During the course you will examine the uses of ICT and the resulting implications for members of society. You will learn to develop solutions for ‘real’ end users using advanced techniques in a range of software packages, including:

  • Desk-top Publishing
  • Graphics software
  • Web design software
  • Multimedia software
  • Databases
  • Word processing

In addition, you will develop:

  • the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • the ability to apply ICT skills, knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts to solve ‘real life’ problems
  • interpersonal skills necessary for communicating with others and for working collaboratively
  • an awareness of the nature of information, its structure, application and implications for its use
  • an awareness of the role of ICT in the management and dissemination of information
  • a broad and balanced view of the range of applications and information systems and an understanding of their capabilities and limitations and the implications of their use
  • an understanding of the role of people, technology and systems in organisations
  • an awareness of the economic, social, legal and ethical implications of the use of ICT

Entry requirements

This course demands a considerable amount of essay style writing and therefore a grade C in GCSE English language is essential, while a grade B is highly recommended.

Also, although no previous ICT knowledge is assumed throughout the course, the coursework element demands a high level of practical competence. You will be expected to spend as much time as necessary developing the requisite practical skills. In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently.

Assessment

During this two year course, you will be assessed by completing both written examinations and practical coursework tasks. During Year 1 you will complete a written paper, part of which will assess your theoretical knowledge and part of which will test your understanding of a spreadsheet system which you will have produced during lessons. The remainder of your assessment in Year 1 will be based on desk top publishing and multimedia coursework tasks completed throughout the year.

During Year 2, you will be assessed by completing a major relational database coursework project based on a realistic commercial application. In addition to this coursework task, you will also take a final written examination paper.

Year 1
Theory:
Information Systems                        30%
Practical Tasks:
Presenting Information                     20%

Year 2
Theory:
Use and Impact of ICT                      30%
Coursework:
Relational Databases                        20%

Examinations in Year 1 last for 2 hours and 15 minutes and in Year 2 last for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Both use short and long answer question. In Year 1, coursework is assessed by both examination and a number of structured practical tasks completed during lessons, whilst in Year 2 assessment is via a substantial individual project.

At the end of Year 1 an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) GCE can be awarded on a scale A-E. At the end of Year 2 the Advanced GCE is awarded on the scale A-E with access to an A*

Further information

Information Technology A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilmslow High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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