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Information Technology AS/A Level at Ysgol Brynrefail

Course description

What will I learn?

Knowledge : the characteristics of data and information, data organisation and manipulation to ensure effective use; the social, cultural, legal, technical, ethical, economic and environmental considerations on the use of ICT; the consequences of using ICT for individuals, organisations and society; the components, characteristics and functions of ICT systems for effective solutions to be achieved; the development of ICT solutions to problems; emerging technologies and the future of ICT.

Skills : Investigate and analyse problems; produce a specification; design solutions; use appropriate software; implement & test an ICT system; document specifications: evaluate solutions.

How will I learn?

There will be five lessons a week, all held in school. The course and the teaching style centres on the development of ICT knowledge and skills. Studying ICT will develop your problem solving skills and the ability to think in an organised logical manner in order to solve problems within businesses.

Entry requirements

There is no requirement for prior learning, although some candidates may have gained a knowledge of ICT through their study of a GCSE. This would be beneficial but not essential.


IT1 30 % 2 hours 15 minutes Written Paper 80 marks (120 UMS)

A written paper of two sections, Section A tests knowledge of Information Systems whilst section B tests the understanding of spreadsheet applications.

IT2 20% Internal Assessment 80 marks (80 UMS)

Candidates undertake DTP and multimedia tasks, internally assessed, externally modrerated.

IT3 30% 2 hours 30 minutes Written Paper 90 marks (120 UMS)

A written paper of two sections. Candidates answer all questions in Section A and one from two in Section B.

IT4 20 % Internal Assessment 100 marks (80 UMS)

Candidates analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate a solution to a problem through the use of a relational database. This substantial piece of work is undertaken over an extended period of time. It is internally assessed and moderated by WJEC.

Future opportunities

Students who complete this course will be able to either persue a relevant degree course in either ICT or Computer Science. Whatever degree course they persue the skills and knowledge gained during this course will be of imeasurable benefit to them. ICT will also stand them in good stead in the jobs marketplace. Employers are actively looking for individuals with good ICT skills and the ability to think in an organised logical manner.

Job Ideas!

There are not many profesions or trades which don’t in some way encompass the use of ICT. Web Author, Architect, Business Administration, Journalist, Software Engineer, Logistics Manager, Receptionist, Graphic Designer, Librarian, Business Analyst, Stock Control, Credit Manager....... the list is endless.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Brynrefail directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years