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Information & Communication Technology WJEC A Level at Poynton 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. 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
 
To study Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at AS or Advanced GCE you need have no formal qualification in the subject, but if you do have a level 2 qualification in ICT you will find that this course will build on the knowledge and skills you have already developed. The most important factor is that you have an interest in, and are enthusiastic about, ICT and about developing the knowledge and skills you need to be a competent and informed ICT user and practitioner.

Course content

Learning Method:
 
The ICT course combines teacher led learning and independent learning where students undertake their own research and make use of resources to develop their skills. Excellent resources, support and guidance are provided by staff and are available for the student to access online both in school and remotely. The lessons will strike a balance between the development and application of IT skills and the theoretical concepts and issues.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE Level. A grade B in English Language is preferable.

Assessment

AS
 
Unit 1 Theory: Information Systems 60% of AS level, 30% of A2 level
Unit 2 Practical Tasks: Presenting Information 40% of AS level, 20% of A2 level
 
A2
 
Unit 3 Theory: Use and Impact of ICT 30% of A2 level
Unit 4 Coursework: Relational Databases 20% of A2 level
 
There is a 2 hour 15 minute examination at AS Level and a 2 hour 30 minute examination at A2 Level. At AS Level coursework is assessed by both examination and a number of structured practical tasks completed during lessons, whilst at A2 Level assessment is via a substantial individual project.

Future opportunities

The GCE in ICT qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully you could move on to study for a degree in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management. You could also go on to work based training such as IT User/Practitioner NVQs, vendor specific qualifications or IT related apprenticeships.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

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