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ICT A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

AS COURSE

Unit 1: The Information Age
- Investigate aspects of the Information Age in which you live.
- Design and create an e-book to present your evidence.
- Evaluate your e-book and own performance.
Assessment: Portfolio

Unit 2: The Digital Economy
- Investigate the design of a commercial transactional website.
- Use diagrams to show what happens when someone purchases a product online.
- Investigate potential threats to customer data collected via the Web and the measures taken to protect it.
- Create a database to store a given set of data and extract useful information from it.
- Evaluate the database and your own performance. Assessment: Portfolio

Unit 3: The Knowledge Worker
(externally assessed by exam in June Year 12)
You will make and justify a decision based on what you know about a given scenario and what you are able to deduce from information provided. You will be given a number of e-resources, including a spreadsheet model that partially represents the given situation.

A2 COURSE

Unit 7: Using Database Software (externally assessed in June Year 13) You will design, implement and test a relational database system to meet a given set of functional requirements.

Unit 8: Managing ICT Projects (portfolio) Research and produce a proposal for a new software product. Present your proposal to senior management and draw up a project definition that defines the scope of the project.

Unit 10 – Using Multimedia Software (portfolio) Design, produce, test and evaluate a multimedia product. Unit 8 and 10 are taught together as part of an extended project in year 13. Students produce a multimedia application for a client of their choice, working in a professional environment to manage the project and deliver a high quality product. In previous years students have undertaken projects for external clients, including local businesses and community organisations.

Formal meetings with clients are required, as well as on-going communication with other stakeholders involved in the project. These units allow students to specialise in higher level skills, such as programming and advanced interface and multimedia design. In addition, students can develop and demonstrate highly sought after project management skills.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have a minimum of 5 A*–C grade passes at GCSE and should have an interest in ICT. Previous study of ICT is not essential.

Future opportunities

This A Level is a ‘must-have’ for every post sixteen student. Highly motivating, it develops the knowledge and skills students need to be competent and informed ICT users and practitioners. The AS qualification has a broad appeal and develops students’ communication and decision-making skills. The skills acquired will support further study in any subject area. The full A Level gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. Students will be well equipped to move onto degrees in related subjects such as ICT, Computer Science, Information Systems, Multimedia, Software Engineering, Computer Networking, e-Business and Information Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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