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Applied ICT at The Hewett School

Course description

The OCR Applied GCE in ICT offers you an in-depth look at ICT in the modern workplace, and gives an insight into its role in specialist careers. This qualification provides on-going learning and assessment of the practical skills and knowledge required to succeed in ICTrelated careers. The course is comprised of 6 units, 3 in each year. In each year you will complete one external assessment and produce two portfolios of work to be assessed by your teacher.

Year 1 – AS Level

You will use ICT to communicate effectively in a variety of different ways including using written, graphical, video, audio and web-based techniques. You will then learn how these skills are used in business environments and produce business quality documents to demonstrate your learning. Once you understand the tools businesses use you will then go on to look at organisations in more depth, studying how they are structured and how they use ICT to support the flow of information around their business.

The focus then moves onto ICT in the wider world and examines how public bodies such as the Government, Education and Broadcasting use ICT to maintain their presence on the Internet. The use of data in both databases and spreadsheets will be GCE in Applied studied and you will gain an understanding of how this data is used and its impact upon individual, society and the effect on those with no access to ICT.

Year 2 – A Level

At the start of year 2 you will learn about project management with a particular focus on planning, implementing, managing and evaluating an ICT Project. You will be asked to find the solution to a brief (for which you have a choice) and will be assessed on your development of project management skills. The briefs are set by the exam board and you will have the opportunity to work individually or as part of a team.

In terms 2 and 3 you will put to use all the technical and business skills you have developed to produce two products to a brief. The products will be an inter-active multi-media product and a fully functioning website. Through this process you will learn and develop both your creative skills and your ability to critically evaluate commercially available products. Your technical ability in using advanced software to create electronic products will also be developed.

Students who have taken this subject have gone on study computer science at university but it is also an ideal preparation for employment in the computer industry.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements: Merit grade in L2 ICT vocational course (e.g. OCR National, DIDA), B at GCSE ICT.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hewett School directly.

Last updated date: 04 March 2015

Key information

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