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Information Technology A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

This course enables students to acquire and develop ICT skills using a range of application software to complete a set of tasks in a business context. (AS coursework).
Throughout out the A2 course students complete a full ICT system for a small organisation of their choice following all the stages of the system development cycle, from meeting with their customer, to defining the system requirements, to designing, implementing and evaluating their system.

Course content

The theory part of the course focuses on developing a good understanding of the different technologies available to businesses and how businesses can use these
technologies to become more competitive. Students will investigate how Information & Communication Systems are used to facilitate the day-to-day running of small and large organisations. They will explore the impact of ICT on our society and the legal implications of the misuse of computers, copyright issues and Data Protection Act. At A2 students will also investigate how some widely used technologies work including the Internet, Mobile Communications and Mobile Phones, Satellite Communications, GPS, Digital Broadcasting (DAB radios, Interactive Television), Computer Networks, Phone Systems (Landline, ISDN, Mobile Phones, VoiceOverIP), e-commerce (on-line shopping).

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least a grade C in GCSE English.

Assessment

This course consists of 4 units as follows:
Unit 1: AS Coursework –20%
Unit 2: AS Exam (June) – 30%
Unit 3: A2 Coursework –20%
Unit 4: A2 Exam (June) – 30%

The coursework units are completed throughout the year From September to April.
Theory topics are taught throughout the year in preparation for the summer examination.

Future opportunities

An A Level in ICT can lead to a career in Computing, ICT or Telecoms (i.e. Software Development, Website Design, Network Management, Business Analyst, IT Support
Technician, etc.), media (i.e. Animation/Visual Effects Specialist, Graphic Designer, Video Editor etc.), marketing (i.e. Digital Marketing Expert, SEO consultant, Web Author, etc.) or any other sectors where ICT skills can be applied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Copleston High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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