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ICT (Applied) A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

The course will appeal to students who have a keen interest in computer technology and communication systems, the internet and web technologies in addition to enjoying more practical ICT activities such as building websites and using spreadsheets and databases.

Course content

What will I study?

AS Level Modules

Unit 1 - The Information Age (Coursework): You will learn about the information communication technologies that enable people to access and exchange information and to carry out transactions anytime, anywhere. This unit is concerned with the range of online services available and how these have changed the way we live and work, such as the use of social media, online communication, e-commerce, and the impact of ICT on our civil liberties.

Unit 2 - The Digital Economy (Coursework): You will investigate how organisations are responding to the pressures of the e-marketplace by using transactional websites to present their products and services, gather information and provide a personalised service. You will study a transactional website of your own choice in order to understand the processes behind ecommerce websites and produce a simple database.

Unit 3 - The Knowledge Worker (Case Study/Examination): You will learn about making informed decisions using the knowledge available to you. You will understand how to use ICT, particularly spreadsheets, to help make decisions.

A2 Level Modules: During the second year of this course there is an option to specialise in a particular area of ICT. This is ideal to tailor your qualification to suit the industry you are thinking of working in.

How will I learn?

Through classroom teaching and personal research, group discussion (both face to face and on line), on line collaborative work and independent working you will produce podcasts, videos, photographs and written essays as evidence. You will be expected to use and develop your skills and knowledge in a wide range of technology and software. All units are supported by online resources which can be accessed from home.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language and GCSE ICT grade C or BTEC/OCR Merit grade

Assessment

AS units and A2 units are equally weighted and combined a mixture of both coursework and examined elements.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the A2 course could lead to a range of ICT degrees such as Software Engineering, Web Design, Games Technology or alternatively support degrees in Business Studies and Finance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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