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ICT (OCR National Certificate) (optional V.A.L.P. component) at Sandown Bay Academy

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. 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. GCE ICT encourages students to become discerning users of ICT. It allows them to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding. Students will study 6 units over the two years. Core Units: Unit 1 – Digital Business Communication Students develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of communication in a business context, and learn how to use ICT in effective business communications. Document and computer security in the workplace, the role and contribution of communication technology to business, and the application of a presentation style to document creation are just three of the skills covered here Unit 2 – Collaborative Working By successfully completing this unit, students will have gained a thorough knowledge and understanding of collaboration as an essential skill in working towards a final product in ICTrelated projects. Skills covered include: planning as part of a group, investigating the use of ICT tools to support collaborative working, and carrying out research for a group project. Unit 3 – Problem Solving Students develop skills and knowledge which enable them to use various techniques to analyse and interpret numerical data. Some of the key skills taught here are: defining statistical problems, collecting data, using spreadsheets to store and analyse data, and methods of data presentation. Unit 4 – Creating a Digital Showcase This unit teaches the skills required to develop an interactive media product to showcase an event or situation. As part of successfully completing this unit, students will be able to demonstrate how to specify requirements, design solutions and author an interactive media product. Students will then be able to choose from a further 2 Units from: Optional units: non-specialist Unit 5 – Advanced Spreadsheets Unit 6 – Advanced Databases Unit 7 – Desktop Publishing Unit 8 – Career Planning for ICT Unit 9 – Work Experience in ICT

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of ICT is assumed, although specfications develop the aims of GCSE specifications in ICT by enhancing and broadening the range and understanding of the capabilities of applications and information systems studied.

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: Ideal foundation for students going onto degree or a career in ICT. SUGGESTED SUBJECT COMBINATIONS: Business Studies, Electronics, Maths, Physics You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Information and Communication Technology, which could lead onto higher education in areas of Information and Communication Technology or more general higher education courses as the course offers skills that are useful in lots of subjects. With further training you could go into a job directly related to Information and Communication Technology such as a Computer Programmer, ICT Technician or Website Developer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge for entering today's workforce across many industries who depend on computers and technology more generally.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year