Information Communication Technology (Applied) A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School
To compete in today’s society it is essential to understand technological aspects and the role they play in the world we live in. This Applied A-Level course develops understanding of how IT is incorporated into business and exposes students to many of the main areas of e-business. These skills include team work, working under own initiative, working under pressure, lateral thinking, analysis, problem solving, and project management. This course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of IT in a vocational context. It aims to develop an understanding of the use of IT in processing data in a variety of organisations.
The AS course comprises ‘e-business’ and ‘e-skills’ units. These involve learning the main application packages to a high standard and studying how IT affects business. The A2 components include simulating a team working on a project and creating an online shop.
The scheme of assessment provides a completely new experience. You will undertake electronic case studies, onscreen examinations and tasks based on real organisations (Virtual Work Experience) all of which incorporate ‘digital hosts’. You will need to operate within an environment of ideas and demonstrate an understanding of IT spanning state of the art applications to the complex networks of contemporary society.
- AS Unit 1 is an onscreen assessment made up of two parts. The first part is made up of questions with the second part being a series of tasks testing application skills. Unit 2 is a coursework unit based around a scenario.
- A2 unit 5 ‘e-Project’ combines a pre-examination task working in a team followed by a controlled assessment. Unit 9 ‘e-transact’ is coursework based on an online shop being created which will allow users to browse and place orders.
Students should have an interest in IT and preferably have achieved a GCSE grade ‘B’ in Maths.
Students will be encouraged to link AS/A2 Applied ICT with a variety of different subjects including Art, English, Mathematics, Geography, and, in particular, Business Studies. The study of IT systems throughout the course will focus on the need to improve efficiency in the business sector. Therefore there will be a natural link between these two subjects. It is anticipated that on completion of the course students may wish to progress to higher education to continue further IT-based courses at degree level or to seek careers in the IT field.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.