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ICT A Level at Chew Valley School

Course description

The course is a mixture of theory and practical work and will equip you with an excellent level of ICT skills which will make you highly employable in your chosen career or will allow you to study ICT in higher education.

Course content

The course aims to allow students to investigate the use of ICT in a number of areas. The qualification has a broad appeal and develops students’ communication and decision-making skills. Students build and maintain an eportfolio of their achievements. Projects have to be managed carefully and working to deadlines is imperative.

Entry requirements

Students with a reasonable experience of ICT applications and who have achieved 5 grade Cs or better at GCSE level. Students should also have at least a Pass in the OCR Nationals in ICT at Level 2 or equivalent. We will also be looking for a good standard in English (usually Grade C or above) .

Assessment

AS Level

Unit 1: Life in the Information Age (Coursework: one third of the total AS grade)

- Candidates must create an e-book detailing Online Services, life in the Information Age and Digital Divide. This is a research unit and requires pupils to collate and present arguments and evaluations in a clear and concise manner.

Unit 2: The Digital Economy (Coursework: one third of the total AS grade)

- Candidates use a large transactional website as the basis for a study into how databases on the internet work. They investigate front and back end processes to produce a simple working model of a real shopping website.

Unit 3: The Knowledge Worker (On-Screen Exam: one third of the total AS grade)

- Candidates sit a spreadsheet exam with a scenario set by the exam board each year. Teaching in lessons concentrates on spreadsheet skills, analysis, report writing and completing the scenario in the set two and a half hour limit.

A Level

Unit 8: Managing Projects (Coursework: one third of the total A2 grade)

- Candidates manage a large project from start to finish, providing documentation at each stage.

Unit 10: Using Multimedia Software (Coursework: one third of the total A2 grade)

- Candidates create a Flash-based multimedia product for a real company using high-level professional skills. ActionScript will be used to navigate through the product and interact with the user.

Unit 7: Using Database Software (On-Screen Exam: one third of the total A2 grade)

- Candidates sit a database exam with a scenario set by the exam board each year. Teaching in lessons concentrates on database skills and completing the scenario In the set 10 hour limit.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chew Valley School directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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