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ICT at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

The use of Information and Communication Technology has continued to grow dramatically in recent years. Whether you use it to browse the web, text messages to friends or to word process an assignment, ICT plays an important part in your life.
This course follows on naturally from previous study of ICT such as GCSE or Applied GCSE. It prepares you for further study in higher education and/or provides useful skills that employers will value. Work will include areas such as:
• Spread sheets
• Relational Databases
• Graphics
• Web Design

This is essentially a practical course and wherever possible the course is taught through the technology. You will complete two projects over an extended period of time, and prepare a thorough knowledge of the use of ICT in organisations. You will work in well-equipped specialist rooms with specialist staff.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


There are fours units in the course:

• ‘Information Systems and Applications’ is assessed by examination and is worth 30%.
• ‘Practical use of ICT Systems’ assesses ICT problem solving skills and is worth 20%.
• ‘ICT Systems, Applications and Implications’ is assessed by examination and is worth 30%.
• ‘ICT Project’ assesses the ability to analyse, design and implement an ICT solution to a complex problem and is worth 20%.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

The skills developed by the subject are in demand and can lead to highly paid employment in areas such as systems analysis, computer programming or systems development. It is the ideal preparation for degrees in subjects such as Computing, ICT or Software Engineering. Indeed, the ability to use ICT effectively makes the course useful in a wide variety of course or careers

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years