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Applied ICT A/S 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 information contact Mrs J Morrell, Subject Leader

Course content

There are 6 areas of study.

You will discover how developments in technology influence individuals and society, how organisations are structured and use ICT, how they use database facilities to manipulate and present information, understand ICT system components their purpose and how they work, design and produce a piece of computer artwork, design and create a website.

ICT and Society (tested unit )

You will use methods of communicating and presenting information which are suited to its purpose and audience; the controlled test requires the production of either a newsletter or a series of web pages. Publisher and Dreamweaver are the main software applications used for this unit.

ICT and Organisations

You will consider how effective the use of ICT is and the impact this has on organisations. You are required to write detailed accurate reports about one organisation for your portfolio evidence. You will become proficient in the use of Word and its facilities.

Data Handling

You will design a database for a client and using Access produce a working database meeting your client needs.

ICT Solutions

You will select and evaluate hardware and software and configure systems to meet user needs.

Computer Artwork

You will learn skills and techniques necessary for the creation of computer artwork for publications. You will become skilled in the use of Fireworks to enable you to produce art work for a client.

Creating a Website

You will learn techniques necessary for creating a website and displaying information on the Internet. You will become proficient in the use of Dreamweaver to create a web site for a client. In all six units you need to produce action plans and evaluate the work completed and your own performance

Entry requirements

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. A level 2 qualification in ICT is an advantage but not a prerequisite.

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 and a web site is designed and implemented for a specific purpose and client. This means you need to meet and interview actual users of ICT.A number of group visits have taken place. Previous ones have included;

  • 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 as it shows computer literacy at a high level. It also prepares you for a course in ICT, Business Systems, Management Information Systems or Multimedia.

Employment

It leads to employment as it develops skills necessary in the world of work and in particular careers where ICT is used.Successful completion of this course enables you to progress to the Applied GEC Double Award A level Information and Communication Technology.

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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