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Information Communication Technology AS/A2 Level at Carmel College

Course description

ICT is a growing industry and affects all walks of life. A Level ICT gives you the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge of ICT and appreciate how they can be applied in the workplace.

The skills and knowledge gained by studying A Level ICT can be applied to further study or employment.

Course content

AS Level

IT1: Information Systems is split into 2 sections.

Section A covers the theory aspects of Information Systems including: Data, Information & Knowledge, Value & Importance of Information, Quality of Information, Validation & verification, Capabilities and Limitations of ICT, Uses of ICT, Presenting Information, Networks, Human Computer Interaction, Social Issues and Database Systems. Section A is worth 75% of the marks for IT1.

Section B covers Modelling; you will develop your spreadsheet skills and an understanding of how spreadsheet models can be used in the business environment. For this part of the unit you will be expected to develop a spreadsheet model of your own and you will take screen shot evidence of this into the exam. Section B will test your knowledge of modelling using examples of your own work to support your answers. Section B is worth 25% of the marks for IT1.

IT2: Presenting information is an internally assessed unit which requires you to use your IT skills to solve problems. There are 3 separate tasks that address 3 skills based areas; Desktop Publishing, Automated Documents and Presentation. You will be expected to produce coursework to evidence the 3 tasks.

A2 Level

IT3: Use and Impact of ICT has a particular focus on business use. Topics include: Networks, Software Components, The Internet, Working with ICT, Codes of Conduct, Legal and Moral Issues, ICT Security Policies, Distributed Databases, Management of Change, Management Information Systems and the Systems Development Life Cycle. IT3 is examined at the end of the second year.

IT4: Coursework; you will be expected to develop a relational database system to solve a business problem. You will apply your knowledge of the systems development life cycle to analyse the problem, design the solution, create the database, test the system and evaluate it. IT4 is presented as a formal report.

Entry requirements

You will need a GCSE grade C in Information Systems / Technology or CC in Applied ICTOR if not studied, GCSE grade C in both English Language and Maths.

Assessment

Exam Board - WJEC

  • IT1: Information Systems - Exam
  • IT2: Presenting Information - Coursework
  • IT3: Use and Impact of ICT - Exam
  • IT4: Relational Databases - Coursework

Further information

What support will I receive?

All students receive extra support via individual and group tutorials throughout the academic year as required. Revision classes are scheduled prior to modular examinations.

What is the department like?

There are 6 dedicated computer suites with wireless internet connection, printing facilities, interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors. In addition to these we also have a theory classroom. Students also take part in workshops on a range of topics such as website development at Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool Hope Universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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