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Applied ICT A2 (Double Award) 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 Practitioner); it develops a broad understanding of software applications. This qualification covers a mixture of teaching and learning experiences from the theoretical to the practical. Five sixths of this course is assessed via portfolio, one sixth by a controlled test at the computer.

For further informa\tion contact Mrs J Morrell. Subject Leader

Course content

There are 12 areas of study. You will discover how to work as part of a team to produce an ICT solution, design and implement a spreadsheet, publish a document or an interactive multimedia product, design a software system using programming, analyse a organisation's system, provide a technical support system for ICT users.

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.

Software Development (tested unit) You will design and develop a software system to meet the needs of a client. This will involve some programming and further use of database software. This system must be fully tested and appropriate documentation produced.

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 study commercial interactive multimedia products with a view to designing and implementing one of your own for a client. This must be fully tested.

Systems Analysis . You will use system analysis tools to help investigate a problem to be solved for a client. You will produce a system specification and feasibility study for your client.

Communications and Networks. Theoretical aspects of PC networks, their design and how they work. How to set up a small PC network for a home or small office. How to configure network resources such as printers and shared external drives.

Entry requirements

To start the units in year 13 the AS Double Award, Applied GCE 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.

Assessment

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, a computer system is created and configured for a given user, a piece of art work is produced for a client, a web site is designed and implemented for a specific purpose and client as isthe 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 to places 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 and especially those directly related to ICT, eg Software Engineering, Computer Studies, Management Information Systems, Multimedia. Web design.

Employment

As it leads to employment as it develops skills necessary in the world of work and in particular careers directly related to ICT.

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

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