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ICT A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

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.

As well as the rapid development of new technologies that gather, organise and share information, familiar technologies like television, telephone and computers are evolving and being expanded by digitised information, causing a convergence of technologies. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C which should include English and Maths.

If you have not achieved a GCSE Grade C or above in English and/or Maths, you will be required to re-sit these exams during your AS year.


Learning and assessment

A Level ICT has two main modules each year.

Unit G061: Information, Systems and Applications (60% - externally marked)

This unit covers the fundamental knowledge required to support all subsequent units of study. 
• Data, information, knowledge and processing. 
• Software and hardware components of an information system. 
• Characteristics of standard applications software and application areas. 
• Spreadsheet concepts. 
• Relational database concepts. 
• Applications software used for presentation and communication of data.
• The role and impact of ICT.

Unit G062: Structured ICT Tasks (40% - internally marked and externally moderated)

This unit is designed to develop practical aspects of the subject in a way that is not possible when leading to a formal written examination. You will be expected to complete minimum 3 practical coursework assignments using different application software.

Year 2:

Unit G063: ICT Systems, Applications and Implications

This module covers communications between computers and interactions between humans and computers. 
• The systems cycle. 
• Designing computer-based information systems. 
• Networks and communications. 
• Applications of ICT.
• Implementing computer-based information systems. 
• Implications of ICT.

Unit G064: ICT Project

This is a substantial piece of work requiring analysis and design over an extended period of time, allowing you to demonstrate your skills to analyse a problem, design a solution, develop a software solution and test, document and evaluate. 

Future opportunities

Some of career opportunities include computer games developer, designer & tester, e-learning developer, forensic computer analyst, web content manager, web designer, web developer, web editor, IT project manager, IT security coordinator, IT support technician, IT trainer/teacher, measurement and control technician, office equipment service technician and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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