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Information and Communication Technology A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues that relate to the design and use of ICT systems. It covers the human-computer interface, health and safety, acceptable use of ICT and related legislation. It also considers networks, the Internet and security, including censorship, privacy and effects upon communities. The two coursework units serve to extend and reflect understanding of these issues in the design and implementation of ICT systems. The course links with other areas of study, particularly those involving problem-solving and the practical use of ICT.

Course content

AS units

IT1: Information Systems

You will learn about how data, information and knowledge is used by organisations and within society and the importance of quality information and how it can be validated and verified. You will also study networks, the human-computer interface, social issues, database systems and spreadsheet modelling.

You will be required to prepare a spreadsheet on a specific topic in advance of the examination. Hard copies of the spreadsheet are taken into the examination and used to answer questions in Section B. The spreadsheet is submitted with the completed examination paper.

Quality of written communication is assessed in the examination.

IT2: Presenting Information

You will produce a desktop publishing and multimedia solution to a problem. Your portfolio of coursework will contain background information, an analysis of existing data processing activities, a desktop publishing solution (e.g. a leaflet), automated documents (e.g. mail merge), a presentation (e.g. a web page or PowerPoint show), a solution evaluation and evidence of compression and storage techniques.

A2 units

IT3: Use and Impact of ICT

You will study networks and the Internet, looking at their social, ethical and financial impact on businesses and society and the human-computer interface. You will learn about how ICT affects employees and related codes of conduct and security policies. You will find out about database systems, management information systems and the system development life cycle.

Quality of written communication is assessed in the examination.

IT4: Relational Database Project

You will produce a solution to an actual commercial problem of your choice requiring the use of a relational database. Your portfolio of coursework will contain user requirements, a design specification, implementation and testing, user documentation, an evaluation and a project plan.

Entry requirements

To start any AS level you need to meet the general college entry requirements.In addition there are the following subject specific entry requirements: You should have GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE Englishgrade C. No previous knowledge of ICT is required.

Assessment

Exam Board - WJEC

Future opportunities

This course will enable you to progress to a range of higher education courses, such as Information and Communication Technology, Information Technology, Business Systems, and Management Information Systems. It also supports the recognised standards demanded for working in various information and communication technology sectors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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