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Information and Communication Technology at The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Course description

ICT is one of those subjects that lets you maximise on your own strengths and engages the logical and creative parts of your personality. This subject will give you opportunities to develop many of the qualities and transferable skills that employers are looking for.

  • How to assemble data and assess its quality
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to achieve results

The ICT course is a combination of theory topics and practical activities using different application software.

You will spend a good amount of time using computers to develop and apply your skills to software projects, as well as carrying out individual research, group work activities and presentations and exam practice.

Your supportive teacher will help you to develop a broad range of IT knowledge, skills and understanding by using a variety of teaching methods and lots of helpful resources which will all be available both in your classroom and online.

Course content

In the first year you will study two ‘big picture’ themes. 

The first theme is called ‘Practical problem solving’:

  • This unit introduces you to the various hardware and software technologies used in ICT and how you can apply them to different applications in real life.
  • In this unit, you will improve your knowledge and understanding of the development of ICT systems through practical tasks using a range of application software to process text, image, numbers and sound.

The second theme is ‘Living in the digital world’

  • You will gain a wider picture of the use of ICT and a clear understanding of the basic terms and concepts involved in the study of this subject.
  • You will be introduced to the numerous issues arising from the use of ICT for individuals, society and organisations.
  • You will discover how ICT changes rapidly and increasingly involves environmental and ethical issues.

In the second year you’ll build on your strong AS foundation topics with another two study themes. 

  • In the first theme, ‘The use of ICT in the digital world’, you will cover technology developments, how to manage ICT projects, and the use of ICT solutions within organisations.
  • In the second theme, ‘Practical issues’, you’ll get hands-on experience by conceiving, designing and implementing a real ICT-related system.

Entry requirements

  • You should have at least a grade C in both GCSE Mathematics and English Language, together with a keen interest in ICT.
  • A qualification in ICT is not required, but you do need enthusiasm for the subject.

Assessment

100% examined in the first year. You’ll sit two papers, one on each of the themes you’ve studied in your AS. Each paper accounts for 50% of your marks for the year. For the ‘Practical problem solving’ paper you will be required to submit pieces of coursework that you have been working on in class and answer questions based on them.

In the second year your practical coursework project for the ‘Practical Issues’ unit is worth 40%. You’ll have just one paper to sit for ‘The use of ICT in the digital world’ unit. This lasts for two hours and accounts for 60% of your marks for the year. The first section of this paper will be based on a scenario that you will have time to study prior to the exam.

Future opportunities

Higher Education - Many of our students go on to study at university, normally over 40% of them study ICT/Computing or Business, Accounting & Marketing courses.

Apprenticeships - A number of our students have been successful in gaining excellent apprenticeships in the fields of ICT and Business.

Further information

What other subjects could I do with ICT?

ICT goes well with all subjects as most of our students are aiming for a diverse range of careers. Some of our students intend to follow a career in Computing or IT and study other technology and business related subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 March 2016

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