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Applied ICT A2 at Grange Technology College

Course description

This course is for people who use ICT in the work place(ICT User) or wish to hold an ICT role within an organisation (ICT Practioner); it develops a broad understanding of software applications. This qualification covers a mixture of teaching and learning experiences from the theoretical to the practical. Two thirds of this course is assessed via portfolio, one third by a controlled test at the computer.

For further information contact Mrs J Morrell, Subject Leader

Course content

There are 3 areas of study:

You will discover how to manipulate and present information, work as part of a team to produce an ICT solution, design and implement a spreadsheet, publish a document.

Project Management

You will use project management tools to work as a team and produce a solution to a given problem. The team work must be documented and evaluated throughout.

Advanced Spreadsheet Design (tested unit)

After considering the needs of a given client you will design and create a spreadsheet system within Excel. This must be tested and suitable documentation produced for the user.

Interactive Multimedia

You will usemultimedia software to design and produce a document to meet the needs of a client.

In all three units you need to produce action plans and evaluate the work completed and your own performance.

Entry requirements

To start the units in year 13 the Advanced Subsidiary Applied GEC in Information and Communication Technology must be achieved.This course is worthwhile for students from a diverse background with an interest in ICT and its use. Entry criteria: minimum grade C in English or a merit in BTEC IT Level 2.


Each unit of this course requires you to work with a real client; the newsletter or web site is created for a given audience, actual organisations need researching and investigating, a database must be designed for a real reason, as must the publication, spreadsheet and solution for an ICT problem. This means you need to meet and interview actual users of ICT.

A number of group visits have taken place such as;

  • A visit to the WOW Academy introduces you to up-to-date technology; 3D videoing, animation, game design, graphic manipulation.
  • An enterprise activity day working in teams to solve problems. Students work for a chocolate box manufacturing company exporting boxes to Marseille, France. Each group is to design a chocolate box, produce an advertising poster and TV commercial. The best team wins.

Future opportunities

Higher Education

This course provides a sound basis for progression to a full range of HE courses as it shows computer literacy at a high level. It also prepares you for a course in ICT, Business Systems, Management Information Systems or Multimedia.

Employment -It leads to employment as it develops skills necessary in the world of work and in particular careers where ICT is used.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grange Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year