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Information & Communication Technology AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

There can be few jobs these days where the use and/or application of ICT is not important. Subsequently, people with proven ICT skills, such as an A-level in ICT qualification, are much in demand by employers locally, nationally and internationally. So, whether you intend studying ICT at a higher level or will be seeking employment – A-level ICT is an excellent qualification to have

On completion of the course, you will have developed problem solving skills that will be valuable in a wide range of careers and will support studies in HE for any subject.

Highly relevant for a broad range of university courses and careers, this course combines well with a wide variety of other subjects including business studies, economics, accounting, any of the sciences, mathematics, or creative subjects such as media studies or photography.

Course content

The course offers a mix of practical and theory work. The theory examines the social, ethical and economic impact of ICT, with topics including the growth of the Internet. In year 2, you will have the opportunity to develop a small-scale ICT system for a genuine client, using advanced features of standard office software. Theory work builds on content of the AS syllabus, with additional studies in running projects and computer networks.

The course examines how ICT is used practically in business today and how ICT impacts on almost every area of our daily lives. 

Combining theory with practice, the course ranges from the basics of hardware and software through to how to run ICT projects and also considers the social, ethical and economic impact of ICT on society. 

You will have the opportunity to develop in-depth skills in application software including spreadsheet, database and web design tools. 

The final project in the second year of the course gives students the opportunity to work with a small business to design, build and implement a real ICT system for use within the business. 

 

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve at least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, including English.

You do not need to be studying ICT at GCSE, although if you are, you must achieve grade C or above. Familiarity with the use of computers and basic software skills are required.

Assessment

Each year of the course consists of two units.

The theory unit, worth 60% of each year's marks, are assessed by a 2 & a quarter hour examination taken in the summer of each year.

The practical units are assessed by means of coursework and are worth 40% of each year's marks.

In the first year you will undertake three internally assessed tasks set by the exam board. These typically focus on developing practical skills. A fourth practical task, based on numerical modelling is taken into the Summer exam.

The second year coursework is a single software based project developed for a client such as a small business or a club.

Financial information

Costs: You will be asked to buy a course textbook each year costing approximately £20.

Future opportunities

ICT is offered by universities in combination with a wide range of subjects, e.g. IT & Psychology; IT & Business; IT & Multimedia.

Advanced level skills in ICT will also assist in gaining employment in many areas of business.

Further information

There will also be an opportunity to enrol on the Microsoft IT Academy programme and become certified as a Microsoft Professional - Significant Value Added.

This department has strong links with local universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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