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ICT AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

The impact of ICT on society is enormous and, as more businesses and households connect to communication networks such as the Internet, there is a need for individuals who can master and manipulate these new technologies. Throughout the course, you will develop an understanding of new technologies that gather, organise and share information, and familiar technologies such as television, telephone and computers that are evolving and being expanded by digitised information. A Level ICT encourages you to become a discerning user of ICT. It allows you to develop a broad range of ICT skills, knowledge and understanding and provides the ideal foundation for students who wish to pursue ICT at degree level or as a career.

Course content

First Year

In the first year you will study two units, IT1 and IT2.

  • IT1 covers theoretical aspects of the subject including data, information and knowledge, the value and importance of information, the quality of information, validation and verification, the capabilities and limitations of ICT and the use of ICT. It is assessed by a two-hour written paper.
  • IT2 involves you developing a solution to a problem involving three separate tasks, requiring planning, documentation, solution production and testing. This is an internally assessed unit marked by your teacher and moderated by the exam board.

Second Year

In the second year you will study a further two units, IT3 and IT4.

  • In IT3 you will study networks, software components, the Internet, human computer interfaces (HCI), database systems and systems development life cycle (SDLC). This will be assessed through a two-hour written paper.
  • IT4 is a project unit. You will develop a database based in a commercial context, covering user requirements, design specification, implementation, testing and user documentation you will also evaluate the project and carry out project planning. This course will be assessed by your teacher and is moderated by the exam board.

Entry requirements

In the first year you will work within the confines of a controlled environment and you need the ability to apply skills, knowledge and understanding of ICT in a range of contexts to solve problems.

In order to succeed you must have the capacity to think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. You must also be prepared to work collaboratively with an end client for your second year project. Most of all, you need an awareness of emerging technologies and an appreciation of the potential impact these may have.

Future opportunities

Throughout the world, excellent ICT skills are highly valued, banks, hospitals, universities, colleges, retailers, manufacturers and science organisations all depend on ICT in increasing volumes and through diverse interfaces. Essential employability skills developed within the ICT A-level programme that we offer will give you the confidence to effectively use ICT in all of your future endeavours.

Information Committee Technology compliments almost every subject and is often studied by students aiming to go into business, Finance or teaching. It will give you a range of practical skills as well as opening your mind the impact of computers on everyday life today.

Further information

We provide enhancements to your learning through well structured workshops during the holiday periods. These workshops help students to develop their practical skills - an element of the course which scored significantly better than similar colleges. In 2016, we are planning a Study Experience trip to Disneyland Paris, where you will have the opportunity to see how some of the theoretical elements that are covered on the course work in practice within a large organisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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